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Hershey Cookies 'N' Creme 
Posted: 21 January 2011    4.5 
Hershey Cookies 'N' Creme On its own, this white chocolate wouldn't fool anyone with any taste buds that it was good. With some crunchy bits inside to cover up the mediocrity of the chocolate, this bar'll suffice in a moment of snacking need.     
Avg price/gram: USD 0.021   Cocoa %: 13*  Size: 43g  American chocolate 
       

*estimated cocoa solid content

I grew up eating Hershey products, but back in the 1970's and up until the mid 1980's, when I could still be classified as brainwashed by Hershey, the product range was limited.  You had the Hershey bars, the Hershey with Almonds, the Mr. Goodbars, and if you bought Hersheys in miniature form, you got the Krackel (horrendous) and the "Special" Dark.  There was no Cookies 'N' Creme back then.  Cookies 'N' Creme took off as a flavor, in ice creams and chocolate bars, sometime in the 1990's, after I'd already given Hershey up.  Hershey only introduced their own Cookies 'N' Creme bar in 1995.

So I was not predisposed as negatively to Hershey's Cookies 'N' Creme as I was to its milk chocolate offerings.  When I committed to reviewing Hershey on the Chocolate Republic, a cookies bar was a must do.  I had to see if Hershey could pull off a white chocolate.

The truth is that it's harder to screw up a cookies 'n' creme bar.  It contains no cocoa mass.   Make it creamy enough and load it up with enough cookies, and as a treat, you can't go too far wrong, and Hershey, a purveyor of mediocre chocolates by trade, is even able to pull off a passable concoction.  They don't skimp on the addition of the cookies, a good thing as it makes the white chocolate less noticeable.

What they do skimp on, compared to the Chinese version, is the cocoa butter.  To keep costs down, Hershey substitutes oil for the cocoa butter.  I'm sure the Chinese Cookies 'N' Creme has oil substituted for the cocoa butter, too, but on a lesser scale.  Chocolate is a relatively expensive item in Asia.  For the price of this bar, I could go out and buy a papaya salad.  Any Asian buying the chocolate in the first place is affluent enough.  In the Western markets, costs and sales prices are more of a sticking issue with consumers flooded with choices.  The addition of slick and cheap oils to this bar helps explain the differences in color between the U.S. and Chinese versions.

On its own, this white chocolate wouldn't fool anyone with any taste buds that it was good.   With some crunchy bits inside to cover up the mediocrity of the chocolate, this bar'll suffice in a moment of snacking need.      

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