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Wanna Snack On Reese’s And Hershey’s? You Can (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

Hershey’s is looking to reach into the snacking world in more ways than just candy bars. Can you blame them? Their newest endeavor includes snack foods that look oh-so-tantalizing.

Brand Eating reports that Hershey’s has launched a new Cookies ‘N’ Creme flavor of snacks called Crunchers. There is a new Reese’s flavor of the snack as well.

The Cookies ‘N’ Creme Crunchers are bite-sized clusters of chocolate cookies and graham wafers covered in white creme, and the Reese’s variety is made up of mini peanut butter chips, rice puffs and peanuts, all covered in the 100 percent necessary milk chocolate.

The term “snackfection” was coined by Hershey’s, according to Food Dive. It is meant to be the name of an innovative move to combine snack foods and confections. Basically, it makes snacking on chocolates and sweets more acceptable, which is always all right with me.

Snacks that are part of this integration will likely feature a combination of sweet and salty flavors, and crunchy and smooth textures. Crunchers aren’t the first product line that Hershey’s has launched under the “snackfection” brand. barkTHINS are part of the new chocolate-snack culture, and they are delish. They feature a mix of chocolate with items like coconut, pretzels and almonds.

Then there’s the Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe, which adds crunchy rice crisps and hazelnut centers to the regular Hershey’s Kisses that we’re used to seeing. Those sound much more satisfying.

This innovative idea is expected to stick with audiences, since the demand for snack foods is quickly growing, and the demand for chocolate is pretty much always high. Let’s face it: Crunchy and salty just combines so well with sweet and smooth, especially when we’re talking about chocolate (which, in my mind, goes well with basically everything).

So, check for the new Cookies ‘N’ Creme and Reese’s Crunchers that are newly launched. They’re sure to be a great addition to your snacking portfolio. Grab some barkTHINS and Kisses variations to fully satisfy your snackfection cravings, and keep an eye out for even more items from this line! If the snackfection movement truly sticks like we think it will, there should be plenty more to look forward to!

Sources: Brand Eating, Food Dive / Photo credit: Andy Melton/Flickr, Q/Brand Eating

Tags: Crunchers, Hershey's, reese's, Snack Foods, Snackfection
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Hershey’s Sued For Underfilling Candy Boxes


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Instead of kisses, Hershey’s just got slapped with a federal lawsuit. Who could hold a grudge against the chocolate manufacturer that brought us Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats and Hershey’s syrup?

Apparently, someone who loves Hershey’s products a little too much. A man in Missouri filed a federal class action lawsuit against Hershey’s for “slack-fill,” or the empty space inside the packaging. Now, here’s a guy who really cares about his candy. 

The complaint he filed even includes nifty photographs of Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers boxes he cut open to show just how underfilled they are.

 According to the plaintiff, the Reese’s box he photographed is underfilled by 29 percent, while the Whoppers box is underfilled by a whopping 41 percent. 

Not sure how he came up with those very precise figures; but in his defense, there really is quite a bit of space left in those boxes. 

He claims that the size of the boxes misleads shoppers by making them think there’s more candy inside than is actually the case. 

We’ve all felt our hearts break just a little when that bag of chips we rip open is only a third full. But this guy is taking popular resentment of slack-fill to the next level. 

Slack-fill sometimes has a justifiable purpose, like keeping extra air in a bag to preserve the contents. However, the extra space in the Reese’s and Whoppers packaging isn’t necessary to protect the candy, according to Consumerist. 

Hershey’s doesn’t deny that the packages are underfilled, but sees no problem with this since the number of candies and the weight of the product is printed on the box.

“It is not possible to view the product packaging without also seeing the net weight and quantity disclosures,” Hershey’s motion to dismiss the case argues. 

Moreover, even customers who don’t know how much 113 grams of candy actually is can pick up the box and feel the weight. The motion to dismiss also argues that the fact that candy rattles inside the box should make it obvious that the box is not filled all the way. 

“Consumers are well aware of the fact that substantially all commercial packaging contains some empty space,” Hershey’s attorneys said, according to Consumerist. 

Still, Hershey’s defense did not persuade the judge, who said that the cases cited by the Hershey’s attorneys did not apply in Missouri. 

Perhaps this case will have a happy ending for the chocolate lovers out there who want their box of candy 100 percent full. In fact, who doesn’t want this? 

Sources: Consumerist , Hershey's Defense   / Photo credit: Ged Caroll/Flickr

Tags: Class Action Lawsuit, Hershey's, Reese's Pieces, whoppers
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Hershey’s New Candy Bars Are Inspired By The 50 States (Photos)


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If you’re a fan of Hershey’s candy, your home state and also variety, then the chocolate company has just released a slew of new products that will probably delight you.

Per The Impulsive Buy, Hershey’s is making new candy bars inspired by the 50 states, and they are being sold as the “Flavors of America” bars.

Along with the bars, Hershey’s is offering a variety of other new treats, such as Flavor of Hawaii Coconut Almond Kisses, Flavor of Florida Key Lime Pie Twizzlers Filled Twists, and the Flavor of Florida Orange Cream Pop Twizzlers Filled Twists, among others.

How decadent does this Hershey’s Flavor of New York Cherry Cheesecake Bar sound?

And how about the Hershey’s Flavor of California Strawberry KitKat?

I admit I’m skeptical but intrigued by the Hershey’s Flavor of Texas BBQ Payday Bar.

And I definitely wouldn’t turn down the Hershey’s Flavor of Georgia Honey Roasted Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

What do you think of the new flavors so far? Are you hoping to see your state represented by the candy bars?

Source: The Impulsive Buy / Photo Credit: The Hershey Company/Instagram, The Impulsive Buy

Tags: chocolate bars, coconut almond kisses, flavors of america, Hershey's, new york cherry cheesecake
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You Need To Try Carrot Cake Kiss Chocolates! (Photo)


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Hershey’s has come out with a new seasonal treat, and it’s not what you’d expect. These Hershey’s Kisses are made to taste like carrot cake!

Foodbeast reports that the candies are available at stores nationwide, and taste just like the cake’s frosting. They’re even orange!

Hershey’s spokesperson, Lauren Aardewijn, told BuzzFeed that these Carrot Cake Kisses “honestly taste just like carrot cake,” and that they are “smooth with a light cream cheese-like filling in the center.” As delicious as that might sound to some of us, I worry that there aren’t enough carrot cake fans for this new item to truly be appreciated. Many are taking to social media to express mixed reviews.

Some find it to be a bad idea …

Some don’t know what to think …

While others are stoked!

However you feel about it, you should know that Hershey’s won’t be upset. “Whenever you develop a new product you’re going to have people who love it and people who aren’t going to like it,” said Aardewijn. “On a personal note, carrot cake wasn’t something I thought I really wanted to try. But it’s a little bit of a surprising flavor!”

You have to admit, out of all the cake flavors, carrot cake doesn’t ever sound like the most tempting, or the most mouth-watering. It sounds like your vegetables in cake form. However, it’s actually pretty delicious! If you haven’t tried it, now might be the time to give it a try. Perhaps, as the person says in the Tweet above, it could very well be the pumpkin spice of spring. You wouldn’t want to miss out on that, would you?

Check for this fun new flavor at participating Target stores soon! They won’t be around for long. You can find them in 9-ounce bags through the Easter season, or according to Aardewijn, while supplies last. 

Sources: Foodbeast, BuzzFeed / Photo Credit: Foodbeast

Tags: Carrot Cake, Hershey's, Hershey's Kisses, limited edition, seasonal
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How Irresistible Do These Valentine’s Day Treats Look?


By Cooking Panda

It’s that time of year again folks!

The end of January 2017 is upon us, which means the next big holiday slated to hit calendars — Valentine’s Day — is fast arriving.

Whether you choose to participate in the festivities or not, plenty of companies globally decide to unleash new products in honor of the celebration (and likely trying to capitalize on one of the many “Hallmark Holidays” designed to get us to spend money).

One such chain that is pumping out a slew of Valentine’s Day-themed treats is Walmart, and if we’re being totally honest, we’re pretty excited about some of the items slated to hit the shelves.

For example, do these white chocolate cheesecake-flavored M&M’s look delicious or what? 

Described by Brand Eating as a blend of both graham cracker and cheesecake flavors mixed in with a white chocolate center, and all encased in a delicious candy shell. The 8-ounce bags retail for $2.88 and come in shades of red and pink for Valentine’s Day.

Next,  Hershey’s is debuting some Conversation Kisses that come in a record-and-play box that will help you record a message to your Valentine, which is ultra-sweet. The milk chocolate candies inside the Conversation Kisses Recordable Message Heart box are wrapped in foil and have classic messages printed on them like “XOXO”, “UR SWEET” and “Hug Me”. A 10-ounce box will run you $14.98.

Lastly, check out this adorable Skittles Valentine’s Heart Box; they’re just your typical Skittles candy, although the packaging is hard to resist. Two heart-shaped boxes come in each 8-ounce package, which you can buy for $5 at Walmart.

What do you think? Are you excited for Valentine’s Day?

Sources: Brand Eating / Photo Credit: Walmart via Brand Eating

Tags: Hershey's, M&Ms, Skittles, valentines day, Walmart
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Hershey’s New Layered Bars Look Delicious


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Why does Hershey’s always have to get everything so right? I’m a sucker for their almond chocolate bars and their cookies and cream bars, but I think this new layered bar takes the cake.

Brand Eating reports that Hershey’s will be making their new Cookie Layer Crunch Bars available to the public in December. Just let that soak in…cookie layer crunch bars.

These bars will be available in three tempting flavors: caramel, vanilla cream and mint. Each piece is comprised of three of Hershey’s signature pieces, together adding up to about 90-100 calories…But who’s really counting?

The bars are exactly what the name entails; layers of crunchy cookie bits and creamy fillings to offer an indulgent, layered snack. In a Business Wire press release, the Hershey Company’s Vice President and General Manager, Mary-Ann Somers, said:

We recognize eating habits are evolving and that consumers are moving away from traditional meals and into multiple snacking occasions that include various tastes and textures throughout the day. Hershey wanted to bring consumers an indulgent snack that is a different experience from the classic Hershey’s chocolate bar, but still just as delicious. We’ve spent the last 18 months perfecting this innovation to ensure that it not only tastes great, but meets the needs and desires of today’s modern consumer.

The unveiling will take place at Atlanta’s National Association of Convenience Stores annual show on Oct. 18 to 21. As October is National Cookie Month, it seems the most fitting time for a chocolate bar/cookie mashup unveiling. Marketing will start at this time and continue into 2017, by which time we will have surely tried all three flavors.

In case you’re dying to know now, available sizes will include a 6.3-oz. bag that is filled with nine pieces of individually wrapped Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch (SRP $4.19, all flavors), a 3.5-oz. “XL Bar” featuring five pieces (SRP $2.89, all flavors), a 2.1-oz. “King Size Bar” that has three pieces (SRP $1.69, Caramel only), and a two-piece, 1.4-oz. bar, perfect for on-the-go snacking (SRP $0.99, Caramel only).

Can’t wait!

Sources: Brand Eating, Business Wire / Photo credit: Business Wire

Tags: chocolate, Hershey's, Snacking
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Enjoy The Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie At Pizza Hut This Summer!


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For those days when there’s no time for a bonfire with cookies and s’mores, Pizza Hut has come up with the next best thing.

Starting on May 23 for a limited time, Pizza Hut is offering the Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie at participating locations.This dessert consists of the Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie topped with mini marshmallows, pieces of graham crackers and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, according to Brand Eating.

“The new Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie builds on our history of innovative, delicious desserts, and brings familiar flavors together into one quality dessert that everyone will gather around the table – or campfire – to enjoy,” said Jared Drinkwater, Pizza Hut vice president of marketing, as reported by Street Insider.

The Hershey Company has partnered with Pizza Hut to offer other exclusive desserts, such as the Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie and Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie.

“Hershey’s chocolate is synonymous with s’mores and summer, making this new dessert, from Pizza Hut, a perfect twist on the summer classic,” said Herb Ring, foodservice director at The Hershey Company. “The new Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie … puts an innovative twist on the classic summer s’mores dessert.”

The Toasted S’mores Cookie will be offered for $6.99 separately and as part of the Pizza Hut $5 Flavor Menu. Several menu items, including a medium one-topping pizza, eight bone-out WingStreet Wings, Tuscani Pasta, stuffed garlic knots, a double order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, four 20-oz. beverages, Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie, Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie, and Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie are each available for $5 when customers purchase at least two.

Sources: Street Insider, Brand Eating / Photo credit: Brand Eating

Tags: chocolate chip cookie, desserts, Hershey's, pizza hut, Toasted S’Mores Cookie
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Hershey’s Introduces New Syrup With Only 5 Ingredients


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Hershey’s is introducing a simpler version of its iconic chocolate syrup, Simply 5. This new syrup, with just five ingredients, boasts no high-fructose corn syrup, non-GMO ingredients, and no artificial flavors or preservatives.

“People are looking for products that taste great and have ingredients that they recognize, know and trust,” explained Kriston Ohm, senior brand manager for Hershey’s Syrups and Toppings, as reported by Business Wire. “Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup is another way to share the sweetness and the memories that our iconic syrup evokes, with five simple ingredients and nothing else.”

The five ingredients are cocoa, water, real vanilla beans, pure cane sugar, and organic invert cane syrup, which is derived from sugar cane. To compare, the regular chocolate syrup contains high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, cocoa, sugar, potassium sorbate, salt, monoglycerides and diglycerides, xanthan gum, polysorbate 60, and vanillin, as noted by Brand Eating.

Simply 5 is The Hershey Company’s way of demonstrating its commitment to simplicity. With the launch of the new syrup, Hershey’s is encouraging customers to share the simple things for which they are grateful on social media with the #Simply5 hashtag.

“In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making time for traditions can seem daunting,” said Ohm. “We want to show people that it doesn’t have to be complicated, so we’re asking them to share a five word recount of what made their day sweet with #Simply5. It’s all about celebrating the sweetness in everyday moments.”

Sources: Business Wire, Brand Eating / Photo credit: Consumer Queen

Tags: chocolate syrup, Hershey's, no artificial flavors or preservatives, non-GMO, Simply 5
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Hershey’s To Debut Dried Meat Bars For Healthy Americans


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Hershey’s, the iconic chocolate maker, is planning to branch out into the dried meat market.

As Americans are shifting towards healthier snack options, Hershey’s has felt the need to adjust its offerings as well. According to the Wall Street Journal, sales of chocolate items have slowed down every year since 2010.

“The category is being impacted by many of the same issues facing other food categories,” said Hershey’s Chief Executive J.P. Bilbrey.

However, sales of meat snacks have increased during the same period.

“Health and wellness is like the blob,” said David Garfield, food-industry consultant. “It grows and morphs its shape. More people want less processed food now, and they care about healthiness in more product categories.”

In 2015, Hershey’s acquired Krave beef jerky. In August, the company will start selling Krave protein bars, which will consist of dried meat and other health-conscious ingredients, such as cranberries, quinoa, and mangoes, to make the bars more chewy and moist.

“We aren’t going out there saying it is a meat bar,” said Rusti Porter, vice president of marketing for Hershey’s Krave. “We’re saying it is a Krave bar. It’s not just beef jerky in a bar in your mouth.”

Hershey’s is also creating a protein-centric brand called SoFit, which will consist of fruit-flavored protein smoothies in squeezable pouches, protein-coated sunflower seeds and almonds, and snack bars. Marcel Nahm, head of U.S. snacks for Hershey’s, said these new brands will help Hershey’s gain more shelf space and appeal to the changing needs of its customers.

“We’re looking at a number of different things like veggie bars and plant-based protein,” Bilbrey said. “We love the confectionery category. It is the biggest piece of who we are and what we do … but we also want to participate in these new snacking occasions.”

Sources: Wall Street Journal / Photo credit: Adweek

Tags: chocolate, dried meat bars, healthier options, Hershey's, Krave
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