Before I continue, let me ask, is a single Hershey’s Kisses called a “Kiss”? Or do you still use the plural form and call it a “Kisses”? These are the questions that spin in my mind. lol
The local supermarkets and mega-marts have recently been promoting Hershey’s Kisses with Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, putting them out on power aisle stacks and end caps. Of course this had a huge signature on The Tasty Island’s radar, so a package landed on our office’ snack table.
Actually Diner E purchased it, so big mahalo to him for that!
If you’re wondering why Hershey’s and Mauna Loa are on the same package, it’s because Hershey’s bought the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut company back in 2004. I did not now that! I need to read the business section of the newspaper more often.
While I’m not a chocolate fanatic in and of itself, if it’s got nuts in it, sign me up!
Let’s look under the wrapper and see what we have here…
I really dig the “Aloha” on the paper tag. Very nice touch. How’s about if they put “Honi Honi” which means “kiss-kiss” in Hawaiian. There ya’ go! On the right Kiss(es), you can see the Macadamia Nut protruding the chocolate shell, giving you the impression that the thing is “all nut”.
Let’s see how one looks by cross-section view…
Wow! Half of an entire Macadamia Nut. This one is “cherry”! Or, um, “nutty”! As it turned out, that was a lucky pick to cut in half, as most of the other Kisses in the bag had chopped nuts in bit and pieces in them. Enough to distinguish the nut’s flavor, but not as good as the ones with larger pieces such as that one. I’d say about a third of the ones I ate had good-sized nuts, while the rest were leaning toward bits and pieces.
The milk chocolate is Hershey’s standard issue, and one I have high respect for, both in quality, taste and texture. You can certainly distinguish a Hershey’s Chocolate from Hawaiian Host, that’s for sure. Both excellent in their own right.
At $3.99 for an 8 oz. package, that’s higher than their regular Kisses, and something of consideration when you can buy a 7 oz. gift box of Hawaiian Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts for around two dollars. Still, if you’re into Macadamia Nuts and the flavor of Hershey’s Chocolate, this is certainly something you need to try.
The Tasty Island Rating:
(2) Good. I’m glad I tried it. (Ono)
Note: Relatively high price and dominant Kisses with only bits and pieces of Macadamia Nuts gives this a lower rating.
Coming soon! The Tasty Island “Hawaiian Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nut Smackdown”!…