April 26, 2017
Here at Bad For You HQ—my living room—I’m always on the lookout for exciting new and limited time snacks to review. Sometimes, companies release snack items in certain areas as a test run to see how well they do. If the response is good, they will usually release them nationwide. These are decidedly more rare.
It appears that Hershey’s is using Philadelphia as a test for their new “Flavors of America” candy line. These are variations on several candy products that feature tastes inspired by certain states. These are so shrouded in secrecy that there is no information on Hershey’s website whatsoever. The only info I could find was a tip from my friend Natalie and a post by my fellow snack journalists at The Impulsive Buy — both of whom do great work.
In fact, it appears that these are so elusive that as of press time, we could only find them for sale at one CVS location in South Philly, after checking several different chain stores and other CVS locations around town. It was sort of like trying to catch rare Pokémon, except it’s not as cool. And it costs money. And there’s no skill involved. Actually, it’s nothing like Pokémon.
So what are these rare candies? We picked up three of these babies to try: Flavor of California Strawberry Kit-Kats, Flavor of Georgia Honey Roasted Reese’s and Flavor of Texas BBQ Payday. Also in the “Flavors of America” line (not reviewed) is the Flavor of Hawaii Coconut Almond Kisses, Flavor of New York Cherry Cheesecake Bar, Flavor of Florida Orange Cream Pop Twizzlers and Flavor of Florida Key Lime Pie Twizzlers.
I’m a little upset that Pennsylvania didn’t get a candy while Florida gets two different flavors, neither one of which is bath salts.
While the BBQ was more subtle than I expected, I still came to the conclusion that this sucks. It reminds me of a peanut butter sandwich that you put BBQ sauce on, which is something a really drunk person would think is fine to eat. The caramel thankfully balances out the tanginess of the BBQ peanuts so it’s not as overpowering as it could be. Still, if I was a Texan, I would try to give this candy bar the death penalty, which is actually legal there.
Verdict: Flavor of California Strawberry Kit-Kat—Yes! Flavor of Georgia Honey Roasted Reese’s Cups—Meh. Flavor of Texas BBQ Payday— No.
Correction: In last week’s Unicorn Frappucino review, I blamed the drink for reigniting my addiction to caffeine. After the article was released, I was informed by a Starbucks employee that there’s actually no caffeine in the drink. This one’s on me. It also means my now-current caffeine addiction is purely in my head.