I remember when I was little and trick or treating at Halloween, I thought I had really hit the jackpot if I received a caramel apple or a Hershey’s Chocolate Bar.
Now, over a half-century later, caramel apples are considered passe but Hershey’s chocolate is still going strong. That is why you can’t have an analysis of possible Halloween treats without including one of the best ever – – Hershey’s.
In this case, since the original chocolate bars are too expensive to distribute widely this time of the season, we’ll resort to the Fun Size Bar. It is just the right size for those little ghosts and goblins.
Hershey’s Fun Size Bars come in a pack of 8. One bar constitutes a single serving.
There are 67 calories in each Fun Size Bar. Of that amount, 37 calories come from fat. Over 2.5 grams come from saturated fat.
While Hershey’s Fun Size Bars contain no carbohydrates or salt, they do have nearly 8 grams of sugar and approximately 3.5 grams of cholesterol.
On a further positive note, Hershey’s offers 1 gram of protein and nearly Â½ gram of fiber. They also provide almost 3% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium and over .50% of the needed iron.
Ingredients inside these little bars include chocolate, cocoa butter, cocoa, milk, milk fat and vanilla. They also contain alkali, artificial flavors, lactose, PRPG and soy lecithin.
What kids like so much about Hershey’s chocolate is the way it melts smoothly on the tongue. The bar is also easy to share and fun to use with other things like graham crackers and marshmallows to make S’Mores.
One of the top Halloween picks, Hershey’s shows no signs of declining in popularity. In fact, the brand keeps expanding into other areas, including the ever-popular Hershey’s Kiss.
Here is my summary review:
Smart Choice? Yes. If calories are a concern, then Hershey’s certainly fits the bill. It has less overall calories than most other popular candy options like Milky Way, Snickers, or even 3 Musketeers. On the other hand, if fat is an issue, Hershey’s wins again with less than half the fat of many other sweet treats that will be distributed this trick or treat season. While sugar is an issue, the lack of carbohydrates and relatively low cholesterol count still makes this bar a winner. Used in moderation as suggested with a single bar distribution, Hershey’s chocolate offers a great choice.
Tasty? Yes. When it comes to milk chocolate, Hershey’s has been the leader for good reason. It is delicious, creamy, smooth chocolate that has been making people swoon for decades. Need I say more?
Variety? Yes. Almost as popular as their plain chocolate bar is Hershey’s Almond Bar. Their Special Dark Chocolate has also been around for quite a while. Newer additions like Cookies ‘˜N Creme and Extra Creamy Chocolate and Caramel have also proven popular.
Attractive Packaging? Yes. Hershey’s chocolate is brown and so is the wrapper of traditional Hershey’s chocolate. What better way to sublimely send a message that the chocolate is sheer perfection? This is one candy bar that is easy to identify on the store shelf. It can be mistaken for no other.
Easy to Store? Yes, the Fun Size carton measures 10 Â½ ” by 2 Â¾” by 3/4″. Because it is basically flat, that also means the carton is easy to store almost anywhere. That definitely includes a kitchen cabinet, pantry or drawer. The individual bars measure around 2 Â½” by Â¾” by Â½”. They are small enough to fit anywhere you want to put them, including a pocket, purse, lunch bag, candy jar or bowl.
Are They Fresh? Usually. If Hershey bars are stored properly, in a cool place away from heat sources, they should remain fresh for a long time. However, once exposed to high heat, the quality of the chocolate can degrade. It may turn light brown or even white and lose its creamy texture. That is why proper storage is an issue. It is equally important to pay attention to the candy’s expiration date, which is printed on the Fun Size Package. However, I don’t recommend buying this chocolate beyond that printed date as it could prove to be stale.
Diet Safe? It depends. People who are counting calories or on a low fat diet might consider this treat just what the doctor ordered. On the other hand, those wanting to go sugar free or watching their cholesterol intake could opt out of this one. It’s all in how you measure the terms of the diet.
Easily Available? Yes. Hershey’s chocolate is sold anywhere candy is sold. However, the Fun Size Bars are generally only available during certain times of the year when candy giving is popular, like Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Hershey’s products can be found in grocery stores, discount retail chains, in most convenience stores and even drug stores.
Price Effective? It’s not bad. With 1 bar constituting a single serving, that means there are 8 servings in the Fun Bar Pack. Costing between $1 and $2 per pack, depending upon where the candy is purchased, that means that a serving equates to about $.12 to $.24 per serving. That’s not too bad, although there are certainly cheaper options available.
Product Purchase Recommendation? Yes. The low calorie and fat content, combined with the lack of carbs and reasonably low cholesterol helps to offset the sugar content of this candy. All in all, it isn’t a bad option for occasions like Halloween, which happen only once a year.