Hershey’s Whole Bean

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on May 16 2007 | Leave A Comment

Hershey’s Whole BeanHershey’s Whole Bean is part of the Hershey’s Goodness range and positioned to promote the health benefits of chocolate.

The packaging claims 7g of fibre per serving and “40% less sugar than the leading milk chocolate”. That’s a fact I find a little surprising, considering this stuff is really sweet.

And I quote:

Ingredients: Milk chocolate (milk; sugar; cocoa butter; chocolate; cocoa; lactose (milk); milk fat; soy lecithin; PGPR, emulsifier; vanillin, artificial flavor); inulin; calcium carbonate; sucralose)

So they may have reduced the sugar content by 40%, but they’ve replaced it with sucralose – one of the strongest artificial sweetners there is. And I’m not entirely sure why it needs all that other junk either.
Hershey’s Whole BeanAs with Hershey’s All Natural Extra Dark, I imagine the sweetness is mainly down to a difference in American and European tastes, but this is just a bit too sweet for a milk chocolate for my liking.

Aside from that, this isn’t too bad. It’s quite creamy, looks and smells like chocolate, and it’s quite edible. But it’s not what I’d classify as “delicious”, and I’m not sure I’d buy it just for the health benefits.

All in all, not bad, but just a bit too sweet for me and I’m not convinced the artificial sweeteners and flavourings are necessary. Give me a good quality organic dark chocolate over this any day.

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  1. Hershey’s also sent these to me (obviously not reading my policy against artificial sweeteners). So I gave them to my friends who were curious to try a “less sugar” chocolate. They all said that it was too sweet and had a detestable metallic aftertaste.

  2. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    Cybele: I didn’t find this one too bad in terms of aftertaste… they Natural Flavanol Antioxidant one on the other hand, I found almost inedible. (Review coming soon.)

  3. blondiebombshell

    i read that there are lots of fab recipes on this website – where can i find them ?

  4. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    blondie: http://www.chocablog.com/recipes/

    We don’t have lots yet. But the dalek cake is quite popular. :)