Pros: Good On Cookies, Great Crunchy Candy Coating
I have to say that I passed up Hersheys Kissables quite a few times when they first came out. I wasnt sure what they were suppose to be and frankly they looked a lot like an M&M, which Im not extremely fond of.
As time passed a bag of Hersheys Kissables eventually made it into our home after last Christmas They were marked down in part of the Christmas candy, so it seemed a perfect time to give them a try.
Trying Them Out
Upon first inspection I noticed that the concept and milk chocolate center of these little candies was suspiciously close to that of the M&M and in theory that is a true statement. In reality, even though the concept is close the outcome is different.
Hersheys Kissables are the same shape as your standard size Hershey Kiss, but small, measuring at about one quarter of an inch or less from bottom to tip. Each individual candy is coated from top to bottom with a hard-shell candy. A standard bag of Kissables features colors like Red, Green, Orange, Yellow, etc But the bag I have with me today is yet another after Christmas special which only contains Red, Green and White Kissables. Regardless of the color the candy coating has no flavor difference between the colors. The chocolate inside seems to be the same as a Hershey Kiss with the exception of quantity.
The end result? Having had these in close comparison to a regular M&M I like these better. In fact I rarely buy regular M&Ms but I may occasionally pick-up a bag of these just to have around the house. The main reason I like these candies is because of the candy coated shell, which is thicker than that of an M&M.
One serving of Kissables is 39 pieces which has 180 calories (80 from Fat), 9g Fat (6g Saturated), 55mg Sodium, 28g Carbohydrates (less than 1g dietary Fiber and 27g Sugars) and 1g Protein.
Kissables are made out of the following ingredients (from the package): Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Cocoa Butter, Palm, Shea, Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil), Chocolate, Nonfat Milk, Whey (Milk), Cocoa Butter, Milk Fat, Gum Arabic, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Color, Corn Syrup, Resinous Glaze, Salt, Carnauba Wax, PGPR, Emulsifier, Vanillin and Artificial Flavor.
This year we did use Kissables on top of some peanut butter cookies for Christmas time. We did bake the candies on top of the dough and they did fairly well. A few cracked open, but for the most part they stayed in their original form while the dough baked.
Overall the extra crunch in the candy coating makes this candy different than M&Ms no matter how much they sound the same. This heavier candy coating has made Kissables a winner in my book