I was at the Mauna Loa Visitor Center last week picking up more macadamia nut snack packs for our inventory, when I saw something new--Aloha Hershey Kisses with Macadamia nuts! The Hershey company purchased the Mauna Loa company a few years ago, so it was a pleasant surprise to see them merging their two brand lines together.
Everyone has grown up with or knows about Hershey Kisses chocolate candies, but I had no idea that Hershey kisses had evolved way past the solid milk chocolate candy pieces that I was familiar with. The bite sized candy known for its unique shape and foil wrapping, now comes in many varieties such as rich dark chocolate, and different fillings such as:
Hershey Kisses Special Dark Cherry Cordial Creme candy
Hershey Kisses Chocolate Truffle candy
Hershey Kisses Coconut Creme Filled candy
Hershey Kisses Cookies and Creme candy
Hershey Kisses Dark Raspberry candy
Hershey Kisses filled with Vanilla Creme candy
Hershey Kisses Hugs (milk chocolate wrapped in white chocolate) candy
Hershey Kisses Lemon Creme candy
Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolate with Almonds candy
Hershey Kisses New York Cheesecake Creme candy
Hershey Kisses Rich Dark Chocolate candy
Hershey Kisses Strawberry Creme candy
Hershey Kisses Toffee Crunch candy
Hershey Kisses with Vanilla Yogurt Creme candy
Hershey Kisses Hot Cocoa Creme candy
In 2002 the Hershey company introduced their chocolate kisses in limited editions. Every year the special flavor and foil wrapper is changed. People actually collect these bags of special limited edition chocolate kisses candies!
A new addition is the Hershey's Kisses with Macadamia Nuts from Hawaii. It is not a limited edition, but it is limited in its distribution. It is only sold in the state of Hawaii and at a few online stores. We have no idea if people want them but we have decided to carry them at our online Hawaiian gifts stores. Of course I had to buy and sample the candy first:)
Note: The Hershey Kisses with mac nuts are NOT sold at the official Hershey's site (link below).
What makes the Aloha Hershey Kisses with Macadamia nut chocolates unique is that in the center of the kiss candy is a Hawaiian macadamia nut piece. It is not a full size whole macadamia nut as it would not fit into the distinctive candy kiss shape and size, but it is a piece about the size of a peanut. This creates a delicious winning combination of rich milk chocolate and creamy, crunchy macadamia nuts.
The candy Hershey kiss is wrapped in bright turquoise blue colored foil that says Macadamia Nuts in contrasting yellow gold text. What makes this candy wrapping even more special is that the little tissue flag says "Aloha" on it instead of Hershey's. The kisses candy shape looks like a miniature volcano with a plume of aloha coming out of it.
To find more information about Hershey Kisses candy, visit the official Hershey candies site.
See our Hershey Kisses Cookie Recipes post with link to over 5 dozen candy cookie recipes.