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Hershey Milk Chocolate 
Posted: 21 January 2011    4.0 
Hershey bar You'd never guess there was that much cocoa from the taste. The bar is ever slightly richer than its American master, but just as waxy, and the flavor, while marginally better, isn't dramatically different. Hershey is evidently not going for the local flavor thing that has been a hallmark of Cadbury. They're aiming to keep the bar almost equally mediocre wherever it's made.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.0241   Cocoa %: 28  Size: 40g  China chocolate 
       


When I committed to reviewing Hershey products for the Chocolate Republic, a painful decision given the taste of this chocolate, I decided to turn it into something fun by comparing the original American-made Hershey with the Chinese manufactured ones prevalent in Asia.  The results were filmed and have changed the chocolate landscape forever.   Okay, they were filmed and no one even noticed.

The Chinese-made Hershey comes in a slightly smaller size than its American counterpart -- 40 grams vs the American 43 grams.  Americans like larger portions -- what can I say?   Each of the bars is divided into smaller breakable pieces with a Hershey logo.  The logo looks slightly different on the Chinese version, actually more authentic than the original.  Both bars are priced at about the same price per gram in their respective markets.     

For years, I wondered what the precise cocoa solid content of Hershey was.  In the U.S. chocolate companies are not required to list that on the label, and the lower end companies like Hershey don't want to embarrass themselves by doing so.  Thailand requires all imported bars to list the particulars on the label.  This is usually affixed onto the back, in Thai script, with a white sticker.  The Chinese Hershey bar contains 16% cocoa mass, 12% cocoa butter, and 17% milk powder.  In other words, this bar has a surprisingly high 28% cocoa solids, more than the Australian Cadbury bars and more than several blends of the Whittaker bars, and I guess, several percentage points above the U.S. version.

You'd never guess there was that much cocoa from the taste.   The bar is ever slightly richer than its American master, but just as waxy, and the flavor, while marginally better, isn't dramatically different.  Hershey is evidently not going for the local flavor thing that has been a hallmark of Cadbury.  They're aiming to keep the bar almost equally mediocre wherever it's made.    

Congratulations, China, on humiliating the manufacturer of an American icon.  What would founder Milton Snavely Hershey think if he were alive?  He'd probably take himself a Chinese mistress.

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