OK, so now Hershey's milk chocolate will have vegetable oil, making it one step closer to being a mere "brown" version of white "chocolate." Watch your packaging closely for the words "chocolate candy." Sneaky semantics. What would Hayakawa say?
I, like many other Americans, am a chocolate freak, not a snob. I eat the whole spectrum from boutique chocolate to 7-Eleven staples. The one thing I could always enjoy from the quickie mart was a Hershey's bar. Sigh, perhaps not much longer.
And what's the deal with the Hershey's "Whole Bean" bar that has less sugar? It looks like they're trying to mimic the look of an organic/single-origin chocolate bar wrapper, but really the package just congratulates it self for being what it's supposed to be in the first place. I don't understand. Isn't Hershey's a little old to be going through a midlife crisis?
On a local note... it was overheard that Hershey's recently had a ton of Fran's truffles sent to a few of their different properties (R&D?). What's that all about, I wonder?
Note to Hershey: Don't. #@$%. With. Fran. We Seattleites may be uptight and passive aggressive, but coffee and chocolate are what gets us through the winter. We will fight for the honor of one of our beloved dessert mavens. OK maybe not fight, but we will blog, and maybe even write a letter, with an actual stamp. If we have one lying around.