Product Type: Hershey's Chocolate
Newest Review: ... they literally are just drops of chocolate. They are made from Hersheys Milk Chocolate, and there is also a white chocolate version of th... more
Melt In Your Hand, Not In Your Mouth
Member Name: zoe_page_1
Advantages: A new shape to try, silkier than normal Hershey's
Disadvantages: Expensive and hard to find
If they sold the same chocolate in 10 different shapes, I would want to try each of them and I'm sure I'm not the only one: after all seasonal bunnies and Santas don't taste quite the same as regular slabs, do they? Continuing on this vein, Hershey's Drops are my latest find. They're not wildly different or exciting, but I still wanted to try them when I saw their different shape.
Mine came in a King Size bag which intrigued me because the bag wasn't overly large by European standards, let alone American ones. The bag shown in the Dooyoo picture is the resealable share size - the King Size just looks like a normal pack of M&Ms.
Hershey's Drops are round pieces of Hershey's chocolate but they're not quite the same as Buttons made of Hershey's. They're shaped a bit more like Minstrels, but nor do they have a crispy, candy shell (not that Minstrels exist in the USA, but M&Ms do). They are small pebbles of chocolate with a slight sheen to them, and the word HERSHEYS stamped on one side.
Hershey's Drops are perfectly smooth which differentiates them from normal Hershey's (embossed bars, and ridges where the segments join) and Cadbury's Buttons (slight engraving on the bottom). The shape also makes them different, as while Buttons have a flat bottom, these are curved all the way round. In other words, the smoothness and shape combined offer a different texture that's not quite the same as anything else, and this affects the taste too. While you can sit a Button on your tongue easily, these slide around a bit more as they don't have a flat side, while their super smooth finish makes them melt evenly, turning to liquid quicker and more smoothly than the same item in another shape might.
The taste of these is pure milk chocolate Hershey's, which most Brits would describe as more bitter and less creamy than the chocolate they are used to. They also have a less 'dusty' after-texture than Herhey bars and are silkier actually on your tongue. Given the choice, my first picks would always been Milka or Galaxy, but I also agree with those who say that trying local food is one of the most important parts of travelling...and this goes for chocolate too. I enjoy the Drops more than I do regular bars of Hershey's, which I'd put down to the shape and novelty factor as much as anything, because underneath the basic chocolate recipe is, I'm sure, the same.
Even though there's no candy shell, I do think these Drops have been dipped in something during manufacture as they don't melt quite as quickly as you might expect. In my head it's as if they've been shrink-wrapped in clingfilm, but obviously it has to be something more edible (and appetising) than that. They do melt in your hand if you hold them long enough, but they don't turn liquid the second you pick one up, and in the packet none of them were stuck together messily though I'm sure they had been imported by air.
Overall I liked the Drops because they are easier to eat then a bar (you can have a few now, save a few for later), easier to share, and easier to swallow (as in you can just suck, you don't have to chew). They're not a ground breaking new addition to the chocolate shelves, but just as there's room for both Buttons and Dairy Milk at home, I think there's room for these beside Hershey bars too.
Unless they come down in price, they won't form part of my every day chocolate fix but they're fun to try once or indulge in now and again. And, I also want to try the Cookies and Creme version if I spot them. After all, it's another shape/flavour combo I've not yet sampled...
Summary: Somewhere between Minstrels and Buttons....but made of Hershey's