Look out, Nutella. These new spreads from Hershey's (chocolate, chocolate hazelnut, and chocolate almond) are pretty awesome.
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Like Leandra Palermo, Serious Eats' resident cereal obsessive, Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme is one of my favorite chocolate bars. When I saw a box of Hershey's Cookies 'n' Cream Cookie Mix ($2.99), it was as if the supermarket's harsh fluorescents transformed to a soft white light, and the muzak pumped over the sound-system momentarily changed to a chorus of sweetly singing angels. Clearly, I had to try it.
Let's start with what I don't know, which is practically anything about the history of this bar (the internet is not forthcoming). Here's what I do know: a Hershey's Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar was available for purchase at my local Walgreen's in San Francisco, sitting right next to a pile of regular Hershey's Milk Chocolate bars. So here's what I did do: a comparative taste test.
Milk chocolate often gets dismissed as the immature younger sibling of dark chocolate, but we are not ashamed of loving it. When good, milk chocolate melts on the tongue like butter. Of the ten brands we tried in a blind tasting, see which were the most butter-melty, which had weird notes of beef jerky, and which belong only on s'mores.
The ingredients for Hershey's Special Dark® Chocolate, which contains cocoa butter. Others do not. Photograph by Robyn Lee. About a year ago, a "citizen" petition was sent to the FDA, asking if chocolate manufacturers could replace cocoa butter in...