3 Limited-Edition Hershey's Candies You Need to Try — and 4 You Should Skip
Hershey's released a lineup of new candy called the Flavors of America collection, and let's just say some states will feel more of a sense of pride than others. While each candy certainly sounded promising, we can confirm not all of them are worth the hype after tasting them all for ourselves. That's not to say that you should skip the entire collection when you spot it in stores, though. A few of the limited-edition state-themed candies are definitely worth trying out in favor the the traditional flavors you've had many times. Ahead, see how each of the seven candies really tastes and which ones you'll want to pick up while you have the chance this Summer.
Pick Up: Flavor of California Strawberry KitKat
Hands down the best of the bunch is the Strawberry KitKat, the collection's only California-inspired flavor. Japan has had a strawberry KitKat for years, and Americans have felt the envy. Now we have a chance to stock up on the fruity wafer while it's available, and you'll thank yourself for scouting these out. The strawberry icing isn't too sweet, and the wafers themselves have a different filling that we can't quite place but still is one that we keep going back for.
Skip: Flavor of Florida Key Lime Pie Twizzlers
Sorry, Florida, but you might not be a fan of your state's chosen flavors in the Hershey's collection. While a homemade slice of key lime pie is pure heaven, these bright-green Twizzlers are . . . not. The artificial flavoring in these Twizzlers is much more apparent than in the classic strawberry licorice Twizzlers, and the pie-inspired flavors just don't mesh well with the gummy strands of candy.
Pick Up: Flavor of Texas BBQ PayDay
We were pleasantly surprised by the BBQ PayDay, which is in fact made with the flavors of Texas BBQ sauce. Among the ingredients are onion powder, brown sugar, molasses, and garlic powder, which you wouldn't normally expect to pair with a caramel candy bar. But the saltiness of the peanuts, the sweetness of the caramel, and the savory flavor of the spices all work really well together. People who love BBQ-flavored anything won't be disappointed by this Texas-inspired treat.
Skip: Flavor of New York Hershey's Cherry Cheesecake Chocolate Bar
The Hershey's Cherry Cheesecake Chocolate Bar has cherry-flavored crispy cookie pieces sprinkled throughout, and the white chocolate bar has hints of cheesecake flavors. It sounds good in theory, but the artificial flavor of the cheesecake-flavored chocolate overtakes any promise that the cherry cookies have.
Pick Up: Flavor of Georgia Reese's Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Cup
This might look like your average Reese's Peanut Butter Cup — and it kind of is — but there's a sweet surprise inside. There aren't any whole peanuts inside, but the addition of honey makes the peanut butter filling even sweeter and smoother. The flavor of honey really does come through, and it gives you a fun break from the peanut butter candy you're used to eating.
Skip: Flavor of Hawaii Coconut Almond Hershey's Kisses
Coconut Almond Hershey's Kisses, you sounded so promising! Unfortunately, the "artificially flavored" warning on the packaging wasn't lying. The coconut flavor is much too perfumey and fake tasting, and it doesn't do a real Hawaiian coconut's flavor justice.
Skip: Flavor of Florida Orange Crème Pop Twizzlers
Florida may be famous for its oranges, but we're sure none of those had a chance to make it into the ingredients of these Orange Crème Pop Twizzlers. The aroma of the candy gives off orange-soda vibes, which you might love if you have a particular obsession. The creamsicle-like Twizzlers are decidedly better than the Key Lime Pie flavor, but they're still overwhelmingly sweet, and we were unable to finish a whole piece.