As some of my favorite treats have been altered, re-sized, and experimented with over the years (I’m looking at you, Oreo), the humble Hershey’s Kiss has remained a constant in my life. That dense, thimble-sized drop of chocolate—milk, dark, nutty, and (my personal favorite) caramel-infused—never dared to venture into the land of "flavors no one asked for." Whenever a new Hershey’s Kiss flavor did come out, typically around the holidays, it did so subtly, simply gracing the shelves of my local drugstore without fanfare.
And then this week, a radiant gold box of Hershey’s Kisses Deluxe landed on my desk. I was filled with dread as I peeled back the lid and plucked out a chocolate. Wrapped in elegant gold foil, the new Kiss is twice the size of the original; I found it ambitious, but hoped it would equate to extra room for delicious filling. Tentatively, I unwrapped the bonbon and removed that familiar paper ribbon (now scribbled with fancy cursive). It looked… like my beloved original Kiss. Just bigger.
One bite revealed creamy, ganache-like milk chocolate cradling a single, whole roasted hazelnut. The outside coating is a twist on the original solid chocolate, speckled with crunchy wafer flakes. I glanced down at the 35-piece gift set and decided, for the sake of my health, to pawn it off on a co-worker (…after I had taken five for the road, of course). While I am hesitant to encourage further experimentation with the Hershey’s Kiss, if I could give the mastermind behind the Deluxe a big kiss, I would.