Hershey's First New Kiss in 10 Years Tastes Like a Warm Holiday Beverage

Lush white fluff, enrobed in milk chocolate.

By Ethan L. Johns
October 30, 2018

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Well, the weather outside isn’t quite frightful just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about warm evenings by the fire (if you have one of those) with a mug of hot chocolate.

If you’re not in the mindset yet, the Hershey’s Kisses brand sure is. Last week, the chocolatiers behind Grandma’s shiny green-and-red candy bowl announced its first new flavor in a decade: Hot Cocoa.

The new Kisses have a marshmallow cream center, which is surrounded by a “rich hot cocoa plume,” making them an ideal candy imitation of the beloved holiday beverage.

Hershey’s sent Genius Kitchen a bag to try, and we found the candies to be very, very sweet, to say the least. The chocolate exterior did remind us of a solid pouch of Swiss Miss cocoa, while the white center was more milky than marshmallowy. We would have been even more jazzed if the interior was actual marshmallow, but overall we found it to be a solid addition to the holiday candy bowl.

Also available this holiday season will be the traditional Kisses in red, white and green, as well as white chocolate candy cane Kisses. Refreshing!

Hershey’s holiday Kisses will be available beginning November 1st at all major retailers, nationwide.

Can’t get enough liquid chocolate? You’re in luck! Check out Genius Kitchen’s 24 Most Indulgent Hot Chocolate Recipes for tips and inspiration.


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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns