I love chocolate as much as anyone and while I try to control my intake of sweet foods the best I can, it is inevitable that someone at work or elsewhere tempts me by bringing in a large bag of candy for all to share. When the candy they bring is Hershey miniatures, I know I will have plenty of variety to enjoy and one of my favorite in a Hershey miniature bag is Krackel, a chocolate candy bar with crisped rice.
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Basic Facts About This Candy:
Hershey Krackel is a foil- wrapped candy bar that is either long and flat in shape (the full- size version), or small and oblong in shape (the miniature version). Hershey makes the Krackel bar using its famous Hershey Milk Chocolate along with lots of crispy rice for added crunch.
The milk chocolate is the most important flavor in a Krackel bar, but the crisped rice is what makes the candy a Krackel bar and it certainly adds to the enjoyment. The crisped rice is like small specs of Rice Crispies, scattered throughout the bar. The specs are small, but they add flavor and fun to the bar by providing its characteristic crunch.
One serving (41 grams total weight) of Hershey Krackel contains the following:
Calories: 210 (90 from fat)
Total Fat: 10 grams (6 grams saturated fat; zero transfat)
Cholesterol: 5 mg
Sodium: 50 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 28 grams (24 grams of sugar)
Fiber: 1 gram
Protein: 2 grams
Vitamins and Mineral content, including percentage of USRDA:
Hershey Krackel is made using milk chocolate, which is made from sugar, milk, cocoa butter, chocolate, soy lecithin, vanillin, and artificial flavor. Crisp rice is added to the mixture to create a Krackel bar.
Hershey Krackel is yet another delicious candy bar from the Hershey Company- a brand name synonymous with quality chocolate. This chocolate bar with crispy rice was not always made the way it is today. The Krackel bar was first introduced in 1938 (Ironically, 1938 was also the year that Nestle Crunch was introduced- the candy bar that most resembles Hershey Krackel in both quality and taste) and included almonds along with the crisped rice. In 1939, Hershey altered the recipe by adding peanuts. Finally, in 1941, Hershey eliminated the peanuts and almonds, making the Krackel candy bar the delicious treat that it remains today.
Krackel is a tasty alternative to the traditional Hershey bar and a bag of Hershey miniatures is always a welcome treat because I know I can enjoy Hershey Krackel along with regular Hershey bars. Hershey Krackel is sold in a large- size candy bar, but these larger bars are not easy to find, in contrast to regular size Hershey bars that are available almost everywhere. Most all of the Hershey Krackel bars I have consumed over the years have come straight from a bag of Hershey miniatures.
What makes Hershey Krackel taste so good is, first and foremost, the delicious Hershey milk chocolate. Hershey milk chocolate is sweet, creamy, and delicious, with flavors of cocoa, vanilla, milk, and butter combining to create its characteristic taste. Along with the milk chocolate, Hershey Krackel includes a helping of crispy rice. This adds a nice bit of contrast to the taste of the chocolate, even though the two flavors are perfectly compatible.
Among the many things to like about Hershey Krackel are the sweet, creamy texture and just a slight amount of crunchiness. With a name like Krackel, one would expect that this candy bar is very crunchy and possibly even difficult to chew. But with nothing more than small pieces of crisped rice to create the crunch, Krackel is actually only slightly crunchy. This is good, because it means Krackel is not a chore to eat, like some candies. The Krackel bar melts in your mouth, with only a small amount of crispness and crunch.
Nutritionally, Hershey Krackel is similar other candy bars, with a high level of carbohydrates, high levels of sugar, and a fair amount of fat for such a small amount of food. There are also 210 calories per serving; however, the calories in Hershey Krackel are not entirely empty. There are 2 grams of protein per serving and a fair amount of calcium. Krackel is no substitute for a meal, but as long as consumers can limit their intake, the effects on the body will not be that bad.
Overall, I enjoy my opportunities to eat Krackel, courtesy of a bag of Hershey miniatures. I am not sure why Krackel limits its marketing and distribution of the larger size Krackel bars and this is a policy I wish the company would change. But until that time, I will continue to enjoy the addictive nature of Hershey Krackel in the form of Hershey miniatures. Delicious milk chocolate with lots of crisp rice and a delicate crunch make Hershey Krackel another great- tasting treat from this chocolate giant.
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