Hershey’s New Layered Bars Look Delicious

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By Cooking Panda

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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New Jersey Doesn’t Want Its Drivers Driving And Drinking — Coffee, That Is

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By Cooking Panda

Don’t drink and drive.

It’s the cardinal rule of getting behind the wheel, and we all know it — but for folks living in New Jersey, the old cautionary adage is expanding its definition of “drinking” to include nonalcoholic beverages.

A new bill has been introduced that would impose fines and even potential license suspensions for drivers who are caught eating, drinking, reading/using electronic devices, or grooming while driving a car.

According to NJ.com, violators of the new bill could face a $200 to $400 fine for their first offense, followed by a $400 to $600 fine for a second offense. Subsequent offenses could cost drinking-drivers up to $600 to $800, plus up to a 90-day license suspension (not to mention points on their license).

But don’t think the sponsors of the bill are just out to get you — Democratic Assemblymen John Wisniewski of Middlesex and Democrat Nicholas Chiaravalloti of Hudson say that the bill is modeled after a similar one in Maine, and strives to educate drivers to make safer choices.

“The issue is that we need to try, in every way, to discourage distracted driving; it’s dangerous,” Wisniewski said. “Education and enforcement can change the attitudes of people.”

Arnold Anderson, the Essex County Community Traffic Safety Program coordinator, agreed, telling NJ.com: You’ve got to get people out of the mindset of multitasking. You can’t multitask. We are so far away from the mindset of … just drive.”

Those who disagree with the new bill argue that the bill would be hard to enforce.

“This proposed distracted driving law is not needed, since three statutes can be used when a distraction causes unsafe actions, like swerving or crossing a line,” said Steve Carrellas, policy and government affairs director for the National Motorists Association state chapter. “There is unsafe driving, careless driving and reckless driving.”

According to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety, New Jersey currently has laws in place banning the use of cellular devices while driving. It does not currently have prohibitions in place for other distracted behavior — like grooming or eating while driving.

Sources: NJ.comDivision of Highway Traffic Safety / Photo credit: Wheels

Tags: driving, eating, New Jersey, Snacking, traffic law
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