Originally Posted by CalMeacham
At the risk of being thought nyekulturny, I have to defend Hershey's. I am amazed at how people insist on putting them down, and go out of their way to suggest unsavory practices.
Hershey's products, without a doubt, contain all sorts of "inauthentic" ingredients. The standard milk chocolate bar and the standard milk chocolate Hershey's Kiss being the main exceptions.
Mr Goodbar? Krackel? Cookies'n'Creme? All of these use vegetable/palm oils instead of cocoa butter as well as cheap emulsifiers. Even the labels have been changed to reflect this-- they now say "chocolatey" or "made with chocolate" because they're not allowed to say milk chocolate any longer.
I don't mind Hershey's milk chocolate, but their other products have definitely changed over the past few years, and not for the better.