REVIEW: Hershey’s Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar

Hershey's Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar

When I lived in England, there were three things I did routinely for fun: Drink, watch reruns of The Simpsons, and eat chocolate. Not necessarily in that order, but often during the course of a single day. There was this milk chocolate candy bar called Wispa, which was very fun to say in a British accent and unique to my American chocolate sensibilities due to the fact that it was “aerated.” The chocolate had tiny air bubbles in it, which didn’t change the flavor of the bar in any way, but did make the texture a little creamier. Cadbury’s Wispa bar was sort of interesting for what it was at the time (it was discontinued after I left and renamed Dairy Milk Bubbly, which sounds HORRIBLE), but it was still a plain old chocolate bar that melted in me gob faster than I could say “Bob’s-your-uncle.” Gov’na.

Hershey's Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar Outtards

Inexplicably, aerated chocolate has been a trend in Europe for a long time (see also: Aero bars), and now, it’s finally landed on our shores. Hershey’s has released a similar milk chocolate bar that they have dubbed “Hershey’s Air Delight.” Just like the Wispa, it’s chock-full o’ holes. Irregularly-shaped holes. Now let’s get something nice and sparkling clear. I happen to be one of those people who has an unpleasant visceral reaction to the sight of many irregularly-shaped holes or circles clustered together on an object. Things like sea sponges and rashes make my skin crawl. I don’t believe I’m alone in this. OK, maybe I am… But at least I know that it could be a lot worse.

One of my very good friends can’t stand the sight of bubbles or a mound of beads when they are evenly-spaced and of equal shape and size, which you are probably far more likely to encounter in daily life. As a clean freak, the possibility of constantly getting the creepy-crawlies from dish bubbles would mean I was destined for a lifetime of discomfort, so I’m grateful for the small (evenly-shaped) things.

That being said, Hershey’s Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate uses these misshapen air bubbles to make you think they’ve packed more chocolate into the same package when they’re actually giving you less. Half of the candy bar you just bought is air. The Air Delight bar is divided into several rectangular pieces, just like the original Hershey’s bar, but the pieces are slightly thicker. When you bite into it, it feels a little bit crumblier and crispier than a normal chocolate bar, but that could be because the holes (ergh!) are collapsing upon each other. The aerated milk chocolate itself tastes like regular milk chocolate and seems a bit creamier.

Hershey's Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar Innards

Now, let’s get to the uncomfortable part. The holes (gah!) are like honeycomb. Teensy little bubbles in the chocolate. I tried not to look too closely lest I would want to scratch off my own flesh, but it was actually not that bad. I guess the knowledge that the bubble/holes are edible and not caused by pestilence makes it more tolerable.

Anyway, Hershey’s Air Delight is a fine milk chocolate bar with a nice milk chocolate flavor, even if the aerating process doesn’t really add anything to it but a slight crunchiness when you bite and a smooth creaminess when you chew — a small reward for blowing air holes in my candy. Now if they had been speed holes to make the chocolate bar go faster, that would have been awesome.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 bar (1.44 ounces/40 grams) – 200 calories, 12 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0.5 grams of polyunsaturated fat, 0.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 30 milligrams of sodium, 300 milligrams of potassium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, 3 grams of protein, 8% calcium, and 2% iron.)

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Item: Hershey’s Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar
Price: $1.19
Size: 1.44 ounces
Purchased at: CVS
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Delicious Hershey’s milk chocolate flavor. Fanciful chocolate bar names spoken in foreign accents. Bigger, thicker candy bar pieces. Has a nice crunch. Melts in your mouth. Speed holes.
Cons: Irregularly-shaped holes. Aeration process does nothing more than inject air into the candy and siphon money from your wallet. Creepy-crawlies. European candy trends that don’t really make sense. Candy bar holes are not speed holes.

50 thoughts to “REVIEW: Hershey’s Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar”

  1. AUGHH! I can’t look at that picture for more than a second and a half. I feel the same way about circular shaped things really close together (English muffins….yech).
    I’m thankful for this review though, I have been wondering if there was a method to this Hershey madness.

  2. Ok, the bubbles aversion is new to me. I love beads and marbles, I even like drawing irregular bubbles. I miss areo bars here in the US. I love their open texture, the delight of each organic sphere. Of course, it could be argued that it’s a chocolate cheat, but doughnuts, polos/life saves and bagels all come into the same category. Can I have your air delight bar?

  3. I am soooo glad I am not alone in this feeling towards honeycomb shaped like things. I thought it was only my brother and I that began to feel all this anxiety and wanted to just destroy the object that had all these little bubbles in them. That being said I like this chocolate for this reason, sure it gives me anxiety but I get to eat it and destroy all the little bubbles that are the source of my anxiety. It’s almost like therapy =p.

  4. Ok so I was so excited when this came out but very disappointed when I tried it I think it taste like a chocolate bar that has been melted then soldified again then melted and solidified all crumbly and chalky flavored needless to say I don’t like it but my oldest son loves it.

  5. So, I tried one, and it was not what I expected it to be. Normally, chocolate (without almonds, caramel, etc.) would taste wholesome and delightful. The way it melts in your mouth and drifts you off into some kind of chocolatey bliss for a moment or two. That’s what I thought it was going to be like. That was NOT the case. Oh sure, I took a bite, and it was creamy, but there was something missing to it. It melted and tasted OK, but that chocolatey bliss and a moment of happiness wasn’t really there. I felt like I was eating air; chocolate flavoured air to be exact. So, aerated chocolate? It needs to go and fade into memory. 1/5 stars.

  6. I tried it once and was disappointing, so I tried it again a few months later and still didn’t enjoy it much. It reminds me of an old chocolate bar with the crisp parts. Once it melted in my mouth it tasted just like a regular Hershey’s Bar, but I could have just bought an original if that was what I wanted. I wish they sold the Cadbury version though, they have my FAVORITE chocolate! I bet they managed to do it right 🙂 It’s to bad America doesn’t have all the Cadbury items England has!

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