Hershey’s Kiss Fans Are Really Missing the Point

Hershey’s Kiss fans have a tip for the chocolate maker: Bring back the tips.

After a Facebook cookie-baking group noticed that the tips were missing from recent batches of Hershey’s Kisses – right in the midst of the holiday-cookie-baking season – the chocolate maker tried to make things right with the group by donating “a number of our iconic baking items as a thank you for their love of the Hershey’s brand and our Kisses and to heartwarm their holidays,” a Hershey’s spokesperson told Lebanon Daily News.

Jeff Beckman, Hershey’s director of corporate communications, told the Lebanon, Pennsylvania, newspaper the company was currently looking into the broken-tip situation, in which the dollop-shaped candies’ traditional pointy tips were turning up flat or jagged.

“We understand that bakers’ expectations are high for an iconic brand that is more than 100 years old because they are proud of their desserts,” he said.

Beckman suggested, in an exchange with Today Food, that the issue had occurred at some point along the production line and that efforts were underway to address it.

The company also apparently tried to get ahead of the social-media backlash by posting a message on Twitter showing a lineup of various types of Kisses, some of them with the tops missing, captioning the image: “Warm hearts this holiday season and take the time to celebrate our differences.”

That went over about how you’d expect.

“Weak try with the diversity distraction. Now, fix the problem!” wrote one unimpressed commenter.

“Address tipgate!” demanded another.

“Is this an ill disguised chocolate theft?” wondered a third. “Tips do add up!”

Others, however, saw opportunity in the missing tips.

“Hey #hersheys, PLEASE send me all the tipless kisses – It would never ruin my day to have chocolate!!!!!!” one wrote.

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This Nashville Bar Turned Into A Christmas Wonderland For The Entire Month Of December

Also in the decked-out, floor-to-ceiling-festive space: inflatable Santa Clauses, penguins chilling in helicopters, and candy canes, plus wreaths, because of course. Even the food and drinks got a makeover, with Christmas-themed cocktails like Jack’d Skellington and Red Ryder Rosé.

Check the bar’s website for more information on special events; There are Christmas costume parties, ugly sweater parties, and more coming up before December ends. And on December 29, the last night of Reindeers Games’ run, there will be a farewell closing party starting at 8 p.m.

 

Mixed Berry Pie Bars

Ingredients

  • Butter or nonstick vegetable oil spray (for pan)
  • 1 batch Our Favorite Pie Dough, divided into 2 discs, chilled
  • All-purpose flour (for rolling)
  • 3 cups mixed berries, preferably a mix of blueberries and hulled, quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberry preserves
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons milk (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sugar (optional)
  • An 8x8x2″ baking pan (preferably metal)

Giant Chocolate Caramel Cookie Bars

Ingredients

For the cookie:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
For the caramel:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
For the chocolate coating:
  • 1 pound milk, semisweet, and/or bittersweet chocolate (preferably 40–60% cacao), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon coconut or other neutral vegetable oil
  • Special Equipment
  • A candy thermometer

M&M’s Introducing Hazelnut Spread Flavor and A New Candy Bar

Candy lovers will soon have a new way to enjoy M&M’s.

Mars Incorporated announced Tuesday it will roll out M&M’s Chocolate Bars and a new flavor – hazelnut spread – for its popular treats.

The chocolate bars will be made of smooth milk chocolate with whole M&M’S Minis. They will launch in December in five flavors: peanut, milk chocolate, crispy, almond and crispy mint.

Mars is also adding another new flavor to the traditional M&M’s candy: hazelnut spread. The candies will include the classic milk chocolate coating with a center containing hazelnut spread.

The two additions are among several flavors M&M’s has unveiled in the past year. Last spring, M&M’s hit stores in three new flavors: Crunchy Espresso, Crunchy Raspberry and Crunchy Mint.

And the brand announced three more flavors this month: English Toffee Peanut, Mexican Jalapeno Peanut and Thai Coconut Peanut.

“The industry is changing and consumer tastes are evolving,” Allison Miazga-Bedrick, senior brand director of the M&M’S brand, said in a statement. “We’re continuing to recognize and anticipate demand.”

Apple-Cranberry Crumb Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until melted. Add dry cake mix, 1 egg and cinnamon; beat with mixer until blended. Press 2/3 of the dough onto bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add remaining egg; mix well. Spread over crust; top with fruit. Pinch small pieces of remaining dough between your fingers; press lightly into cream cheese layer.
  4. Bake 45 to 50 min. or until center is almost set. Cool completely. Refrigerate 1 hour. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting into bars.