Hershey bars are smooth, milky, and melt in your mouth...until you develop a more-adult palate. I'm not even trying to act like, "I am so refined the only foods I will eat must be worthy of Julia Child! Only imported caviar, truffle oil, and swordfish!" No. It's not like that. Once you grow&age, so do your taste buds - this is why I hated coffee and olives for most of my childhood, but now can't get enough.
Chocolate should be creamy and flavorful. Hershey bars are chalky, waxy, and have a strange aftertaste. Perhaps it's due to the ingredients involved:
Ingredients: SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, MILK FAT, LACTOSE, SOY LECITHIN, PGPR, VANILLIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, AND MILK
Compare this to the ingredient list of another chocolatier with a different reputation. Let's use Lindt, for example:
Ingredients: chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, sugar.
YUCK. What on earth is PGPR?????????????????
Overall I'd say to leave Hershey's chocolate to the rest of the product line - Reese, Take 5, etc - where you can not notice the flavor. When you need a full-fledged bar of chocolate, look elsewhere.
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