Monday, August 22, 2005

hershey's nut lovers


Once stodgy, Hershey has refashioned itself into a nimble entity w/ new prods and ltd editions – currently 7, and that’s Hershey bars alone (not reese’s, not almond joy, not kit kat, not etc). Some were intro’d in june and haven’t appeared locally but this has: Hershey’s Nut Lovers, milk choc w/ peanut, almond, cashew, & pecan. It’s a flat bar (vs. blocky) and a neat idea to stud a hershey’s bar w/ a buncha nuts, even if the nuts are small & scattered. (it’s also, oddly, a reverse spinoff of a Miniatures product.) Meanwhile if anyone sees the ltd edition mocha almond, do drop a line

80 Comments:

At August 22, 2005 8:45 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

The only decent Hershey’s are to be found in the assorted miniatures packet and have a gold wrapper. I think they're the ones with toffee pieces in them.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:11 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I've purchased a bag of those Miniatures. But FYI, they are not mixed nuts. Each little bar has just one nut, which you can tell because the wrappers have different colors. They're very good, but I agree with dean that Hershey's is not the best chocolate in the world.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:11 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

fyi: the other day we were discussing ice tea vs iced tea, and some of you thought the ice tea version was just a southernism. well, check out the New York Times puzzle that will appear in Saturday's Morning News. The solution for 45 Across, "pop alternative," is ice tea. puzzle editor Will Shortz is a Yankee, I believe

 
At August 22, 2005 10:13 AM, Anonymous i'm a yankee too said...

I never heard "ice" tea until moving to the (illiterate) South. If Will Shortz is a Yankee, then he's a damned poor specimen, and by poor I mean poorly spoken.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:15 AM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

will keep an eye out for mocha almond, though these "limited edition" candy bars strike me as a bit precious. so do all the gripes about hershey's chocolate. i don't think it pretends to epicurean standards. it's an everyman's chocolate (i do think that back in the day it had a truer chocolate flavor. but maybe my taste buds have weakened.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:18 AM, Blogger TG said...

The eagle-eyed Ms.Ery might be interested to know that the D magazine blog just posted the news that its lawyers persuaded the Wash Post to cease using "Front Burner" as the name for its dining chat-room. Quoting editor tim rogers:

Remember when we found out the Post had launched an online forum called "front burner"? And remember how lawyers got involved? Yes, well, the Post no longer has an online forum called "front burner." Thank you, Haynes and Boone.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:21 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

where are you from Yank? and what are your creditionals to challenge Mr. Shortz? (by the way, i am reading a john grisham novel set in mississippi, and mr. grisham calls it "iced tea"}

 
At August 22, 2005 10:27 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

i seldom look at d's front burner since the staff contributors always want to talk about themselves, and that gets boring. but i did notice last wednesday that the wp was just calling it's food blog something like food line.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:31 AM, Anonymous JR said...

The most famous iced tea taker EVER has to be "Dallas'" Miss Ellie. So what's on the menu at Southfork these days? ICED TEA.
(case closed)

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At August 22, 2005 10:37 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

i just googled will shortz and john grisham. shortz was born and raised in indiana, and now lives in new york. grisham was born in arkansas and has lived in mississippi since 1967.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:45 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

yank, re your "poorly spoken" comment about mr. shortz: here in the south, we'd just call someone a damn poor specimen. for economy in words and clarity, too (unless you mean to say mr. shortz is actually damned to go to hell for using ice tea. that would seem a bit severe, even by paula rock's standards)

 
At August 22, 2005 10:51 AM, Anonymous mary worth said...

tereese: thanks for the "awful plastic surgery" link; made me so glad that i have always been content with my natural self

 
At August 22, 2005 10:53 AM, Anonymous i'm a yankee said...

Sorry, but we true Yankees do not consider Indiana to be Yankee territory.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:57 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

yank: you are dodging the questions on your creds. and, yes, indiana ain't yankee land but neither is it dixie.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:59 AM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

if that yank is so superior what don't we take up a collection and buy him/her a one-way ticket home

 
At August 22, 2005 11:16 AM, Blogger Ron said...

HELP! Whatlocal restaurants have the BEST PIES?

 
At August 22, 2005 11:27 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

What kind of pies? Al Biernat's has a good coconut creme pie (and I don't even like cocnut that much, but I'll eat that).

 
At August 22, 2005 11:30 AM, Blogger TG said...

PIE!
norma's (in oak cliff - NOT the branch at NW Hwy, which has gone downhill); chubby's, couplo branches, has AWESOME pies. the diners: mecca and original market diner and mama's daughter's diner all good. and delis: cyndi's deli on 75 plus deli news and its new sibling deli news too

 
At August 22, 2005 11:47 AM, Blogger Ron said...

Good suggestions all. Thanks.

I also notice the Al Biernat's review at GuideLive is our own blogmaster TG. You, my dear, are immortal!

 
At August 22, 2005 11:57 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tho i am a pie fan, i seldom eat dessert so have to assume tg knows her pies. just want to note that the norma's on belt line in farmers branch is better than the oak cliff one (in my opinion). they have a full, luscious looking pie case, but i can never finish their great friday special of spicy grilled catfish over rice with greens and crowder peas

 
At August 22, 2005 12:04 PM, Blogger TG said...

my 2nd job here in the dallas area was making pies (among other desserts) at cafe society in travis walk. in her review of the place, the DMN's esteemed dining critic waltrina stovall gave my cherry-cranberry pie a positive mention!

 
At August 22, 2005 12:05 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Is it just me, or does catfish taste like sand?

 
At August 22, 2005 12:06 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I'll have to vote for the Norma's in Oak Cliff. Though Caberet Royal has some nice pies, too.

 
At August 22, 2005 12:09 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Twisted Link, shame on you!

What brings Ms.Ery all the way over to Farmers Branch?

 
At August 22, 2005 12:10 PM, Anonymous Sugar Pie said...

There's always Whole Foods and Celebrity Bakery, though the latter's can be hit or miss. Central Market has good pies also.

 
At August 22, 2005 12:11 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Dean:

It's just you.

Kirk

 
At August 22, 2005 12:17 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

cherry cranberry sounds yum, and if that nitpicking ms. stovall liked it, i'm sure it was. but rhubarb is my favorite, and you almost never find it, unless it is strawberry-rhubarb

 
At August 22, 2005 12:24 PM, Anonymous Sugar Pie said...

rhubarb = red celery.

 
At August 22, 2005 12:24 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

if you MUST know what i do in farmer's branch, it is on my non-freeway route to old downtown carrollton where i occasionally visit the antique malls. there used to be a good antique mall in farmers branch, too. another good place on the belt line route is pete's diner at the marsh intersection. again, don't think i ever tried the pies, but they don't bread your chicken-fried steak until you order it. also, farmer's branch restaurants can allow smoking (unlike restaurants in nazi dallas) and both pete's and norma's do

 
At August 22, 2005 12:26 PM, Blogger TG said...

oh jess you need to come over for dinner more often. i've been on a total rhubarb KICK this summer. crisps mostly - never partnered w/ strawberry (HOW pedestrian) but instead with random bits of peach or else a medley of berries.

 
At August 22, 2005 12:27 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Dean,

Either it's just you or you've never had good farm raised catfish.

 
At August 22, 2005 12:31 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I don't much care for catfish.

 
At August 22, 2005 12:34 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I know almost nothing about rhubarb, but there's a mess of it growing down the block. Can I eat this stuff raw? Who on earth is ms. stovall?

 
At August 22, 2005 12:34 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Capt: It always has that gritty taste (and sometimes it has a little bit of sand ala oysters to it), so I just try to avoid catfish. I like me a good Orange Roughy!

 
At August 22, 2005 12:36 PM, Anonymous Sugar Pie said...

Sure Twisted, it goes great with some ranch or bleu cheese dressing!

 
At August 22, 2005 12:38 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

TG:

How about ginger root with your rhubarb? I imagine it would take it to a new level.

I've used ginger root (and pears) with frozen cranberry to great effect... as a pie filing, a cranberry sauce, topping for toast, etc. The pear adds enough pectin to keep the cranberry sauce from running everywhere. (I admit that I stole the idea years ago from Michael Foley in Chicago.)

 
At August 22, 2005 12:47 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Kirk, doesn't Ferre have a cheesecake like that?

According to the inimitable Ms. G:

"A pastry chef is on the way, but dessert specials like a white chocolate cheesecake with rhubarb soup, strawberries and candied ginger make for a nice interim."

 
At August 22, 2005 12:53 PM, Anonymous just wonderin said...

Is it stupidity or is it bad taste that dean would quote ANOTHER Miss G on THIS Miss G's blog?

 
At August 22, 2005 12:58 PM, Blogger Ron said...

I hail from one of those pan-shaped states in the Plains, and my grandmother had loads of summer rhubarb (which was regionally called "Pie Plant," apparently indicative of what it sacrificed its life for).

It is delicious raw, but scrape off the extremely bitter skin on the stalk first and dust the nude rhubarb meat lightly with salt (probably kosher or sea, given the hoity-toity taste buds of this blog's readership).

And don't eat the leaves, as they are poisonous. Feed those to Twisted Dog, preferably with chocolate.

 
At August 22, 2005 1:19 PM, Blogger Cybele said...

I tried these in the miniature versions back over new years (I found them at Chocolate World in Hershey).

I like their extra creamy milk chocolate - though I also like regular hershey milk chocolate (I know, European's just roll their eyes when I say that).

It could definitely use more nuts, but I'm glad that there are some chocolates out there that have something other than almonds and peanuts in them. I'm wild about cashews, hazelnuts and pecans, though I know they're more expensive nuts.

 
At August 22, 2005 1:21 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Me I'm all about the Special Dark. Anything else Hershey's-wise I could do without.

And orange roughy is the fish for people who don't like "real" fish. ;-)

 
At August 22, 2005 1:25 PM, Anonymous Jessica Simpson said...

Orange Roughy tastes like chicken.

 
At August 22, 2005 1:26 PM, Blogger TG said...

TILAPIA is the fish for people who don't like fish.

meanwhile, NYCE is honored to have a visit from cybele, the crackerjack behind the great candy blog

 
At August 22, 2005 1:30 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Dean:

As I am sure you know, candied ginger is very different from ginger root (and also very different from powdered ginger). I imagine the candied variety might also be good with cranberries, however.

I've not been to Ferré, though, so I can't comment on its rendition. That said, I would never voluntarily order white chocolate (or any other chocolate) cheesecake.

 
At August 22, 2005 1:31 PM, Anonymous the rabbi said...

CAPTAIN; know your comment was probbly innocent, but you should know that many Jewish people do not eat catfish because it is a bottom feeder and thus not kosher. orange roughy has long been popular with them

 
At August 22, 2005 1:42 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

But does cybele know that this limited edtion Hershey bar is NOT the same thing as the Miniatures? She seems to think it is the sme thing.

 
At August 22, 2005 1:43 PM, Anonymous cio said...

twisted: my grandmother had a few rhubarb plants in northern california, and as i recall, they were big and beautiful, like oramental shrubs in addition to providing great stewed rhubarb (=no other fruits are needed with rhubarb if you like a fabuously tart flavor

 
At August 22, 2005 1:46 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

is yank ever going to stand up and tell us who he/she is that she can call the editor of the new york times crosswords "poorly spoken"?

 
At August 22, 2005 1:47 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

i think yank is afraid to

 
At August 22, 2005 1:48 PM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

damn straight, red (notice, yank, i didn't say damned straight)

 
At August 22, 2005 2:08 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Kirk, I was referring to the pairing of ginger and rhubarb.

The Rabbi, I'm not Jewish, but I still like me some Orange Roughy.

The GREAT TG, I hate Tilapia. Is that even a real fish?

 
At August 22, 2005 2:09 PM, Anonymous constant eater said...

someone asked who ms. stovall is. she is that has=been dmn critic who lowered the mansion's stars and gushed over the waffle house!

 
At August 22, 2005 2:35 PM, Blogger Cybele said...

" m.b. said... But does cybele know that this limited edtion Hershey bar is NOT the same thing as the Miniatures?"

I understand the difference but I guess I didn't make that clear. I haven't seen it yet, and believe me I'm on the lookout (also looking for that mocha bar you mentioned, tg). I just thought I'd add my two cents on what I had tasted in their new ltd.ed. that was in a similar vein.

I'm finding a lot of these ltd. editions at the 7-11 - but I only certain ones (there are three that I frequent and only two carry a large selection of candy).

 
At August 22, 2005 2:35 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I like the Waffle House. Wonderful coffee.

 
At August 22, 2005 2:37 PM, Anonymous Sugar Pie said...

Which is better? Waffle House or Dairy Queen (if there are, in fact, any DQ's still around)?

 
At August 22, 2005 2:49 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

m.b.: you're so discerning. besides having a colorful, you-must-steal-this menu, waffle house does have good coffee -- at a fraction of the price of starbucks!!

 
At August 22, 2005 2:52 PM, Blogger TG said...

cybele also has the refined taste to like MALT (the #1 flavor fave on this blob and a flavor all other flavors should bow down to!).

as for 7-11, some commenters have complained that NYCE focuses too exclusively on 7-11, but as cybele brilliantly observes, that's where all the new shit is at

there's a DQ by my house; i had a cone last week and a mocha chip blizzard this week. didn't DQ used to have choc soft-serve? or was it always ONLY vanilla?

 
At August 22, 2005 2:52 PM, Anonymous jethro said...

i had some limited-dition scrambled eggs this morning. hen hasn't been laying like she used to, but granny says she will be more productive once the weather gets cooler

 
At August 22, 2005 2:55 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

There's no comparison between waffle house and dairy queen.

I think tilapia has its uses, especially if you desire fish but have not much dinero. One great white tilapia sandwich: pan fried fish, helman's, boiled egg and fresh mozz on crusty bread.

 
At August 22, 2005 2:58 PM, Anonymous plain java joe said...

thank heaven for 7-11!!! it keeps all you choco nuts out of my shopping spots

 
At August 22, 2005 3:00 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

Twisted Link, what do you mean, "there's no comparison btween Waffle House and Dairy Queen." Are you suggesting that one is better than the other?

 
At August 22, 2005 3:01 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

SUCK MY TAIL, RON. CURRENTLY I'M HAVING HEIRLOOM TOMATOES, QUARTERED AND DUSTED WITH DRIED SQUIRREL.

SOME OF YOU HUMANS MAY WANT TO KNOW THAT THE 7-11 AT ZANG AND COLORADO HAS AN ENTIRE SHELF DEDICATED TO HERSHEY'S LIMITED EDITIONS.

 
At August 22, 2005 3:04 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

No, some nimrod asked which is better, and I'm saying they're two different things.

 
At August 22, 2005 3:11 PM, Anonymous m.b. said...

I hoped that whas what you meant.

 
At August 22, 2005 3:25 PM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Rabbi,

I was talking only about the taste of the different fishes. Removing all ethical, religious, or philosophical barriers, catfish is yummier to me.

 
At August 22, 2005 3:52 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Well, I went to go steal some rhubarb and it has all been harvested. I'll have to wait until next year, I guess. However, there's corn and tomatoes almost ripe for the picking.

 
At August 22, 2005 4:21 PM, Blogger TG said...

An event tnite in Twisted Link's 'hood: fair trade coffee tasting

 
At August 22, 2005 5:02 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

HERE IS A POLITICAL STATEMENT THAT I CAN THROUGH ALL MY WEIGHT BEHIND.

 
At August 22, 2005 5:03 PM, Blogger Kirk said...

Rabbi:

Your Kashrut guide is failing you. Catfish is not unkosher because it is a bottom-feeder. (If that were the case, carp would be unkosher, too -- meaning no gefilte fish!)

Here's the definition of kosher fish: "Fish must have both fins and scales. To have one without the other renders the fish unclean. This means many commonly eaten water animals such as shellfish, crab, shrimp, lobster, shark, marlin, catfish are unkosher.

"There are two fish worth mentioning. These are swordfish and sturgeon. Both of these fish have scales as young fish, but lose them later in life. The Orthodox say these two fish are unkosher for this reason, the Conservative CJLS permits them to be eaten."

 
At August 22, 2005 5:05 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Before or after tasting Nodding Dog's luxurious fair trade coffee, be sure to visit this place, which is just a couple of blocks away.

 
At August 22, 2005 6:36 PM, Blogger TG said...

kirk, thank you for uplifting the comments area, as always, w/ great, enlightening information

i CERTAINLY hope no one is abusing this forum by impersonating a member of the clergy

 
At August 22, 2005 6:45 PM, Anonymous Pope Benedictus said...

To hell with that!!!

 
At August 22, 2005 8:02 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

can't believe language expert twisted wrote through instead of throw, in caps no less. guess he was so busy getting in a plug for his rental properties that he forgot everything paula rock taught him.

 
At August 22, 2005 8:07 PM, Anonymous charlie tuna said...

why is everyone dissing tilapia? i think folks should eat it more often. as twisted or someone pointed out, it makes great sandwiches.

 
At August 22, 2005 8:09 PM, Anonymous the rabbi said...

kirk is obviously an expert on jewish law. he can tend to my synagogue this sabbath. the pope and i are going to las vegas.

 
At August 22, 2005 8:34 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Language is one thing, but spelling is a whole different sack of tilapia. And I take no responsibility for my dog's spelling -- or mine for that matter. I'm just happy to have such a lovable and friendly pet.

 
At August 22, 2005 10:06 PM, Anonymous the yankee said...

I don't particularly care to be pressured to reveal personal information. However, I would not want anyone on this site to conclude that I am fearful (although I do not see others owning up to their identities here). But, to answer the query of "Ms.Ery" and her equally anonymous friend "Red Ennk," I am a male, born in Rhode Island, and thank you for your interest. I have no admiration for Indiana, a mediocre representative of the Midwest territories, nor for its natives, and that includes Will Shortz. I understand that he is revered in the world of crossword puzzles, but the only thing that stands out in my impression of him is the number of errors he is said to make every year, even as I recognize that 100 percent accuracy is difficult. I suppose he is to be lauded for keeping idle hands busy with crossword puzzles, as opposed to murder or mayhem.

 
At August 23, 2005 1:11 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

yank, when i asked what credentials you had that you could criticize will shortz, i didn't mean personal info, though i think it is interesting that you were born in rhode island. that's a beautiful state, with nice people for the most part. indiana people aren't all bad either. my beloved grandfather was born and raised there. to be fair, here's some info on me: i am a native of california, have also lived in oklahoma and new york (15 years, 13 in manhattan), and make my living as a writer. for the past six years, i've worked all the news' puzzles in advance, to try to catch errors. will makes one very seldom, far fewer than the guy that does the trib puzzles. some errors are a matter of electronic transmission and typesetting that result in garbled type or a dropped clue. and the times puzzles are extremely clever. anyway, nice to hear a new voice on nyce; will look forward to reading more comments from you.

 
At August 23, 2005 9:00 AM, Anonymous "Dean" said...

I need a an alias then. (I don't wanna be the only one left out.)

 
At August 23, 2005 11:47 PM, Blogger Scott--DFW said...

TG,

I've seen the mocha almond bar at the CVS Pharmacy at Lemmon and Inwood (which means it's probably available at all CVS locations).

Scott

 

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