Can Hershey Pomegranate Chocolate Beat Brookside?

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I already love Brookside® chocolate. But when I discovered pomegranate chocolate candy made by Hershy®'s, I was intrigued.

Could Hershey®'s extra dark chocolate made with 60% cacao compete?

Could they duplicate or surpass the delicious pomegranate flavor in their competitor's candy?

It wouldn't be easy, but they deserved a chance. So I tried it.

Just a nibble and I knew. The answer was yes and no.

Extra Dark Chocolate

How did Hershey® dark chocolate do against the competition? Great.

The chocolate flavor was slightly more intense than the other brand. It was definitely the best part of the candy.

The fruit flavor was a different story.

Pomegranate Juice Concentrate

Both brands use pomegranate, cranberry, apple, pineapple, and elderberry juice concentrate. But the finished product is quite different.

Hershey®'s, in my opinion, tastes odd. Initially, you taste the intense, dark chocolate flavor. Delicious.

Then this strange flavor hits your taste buds. Something akin to bubble gum.

Bizarre, nothing like the tangy fruit flavor of the Brookside® candy.

Sorry Hershey®'s, when it comes to pomegranate flavor, your candy falls short.

Oh, but when you check the nutrition facts, the news is better.

Nutrition Facts for Chocolate Pomegranate

So which brand's nutrition facts are the best?  Hershey®'s.  A 40 g serving is lower in...

  • calories- 170 compared to 180
  • cholesterol-less than 5mg to 5 mg
  • sodium-10 mg to 50 mg
  • total carbs-23 g to 29 g
  • Vitamin C-10% to 20%

than the competition.

But higher in...

  • fat-12 g compared to 7 g
  • fiber-4 g to 1 g
  • protein-3 g to 1 g
  • iron-20% to 6%

Overall, Hershey®'s is the winner in the nutrition category.  It's a good choice unless you're main concern is cutting back on fat.

Both brands claim to be a good source of antioxidants.

These two brands of pomegranate chocolate are good. Hershey definitely edges out Brookside® in the nutrition category. But in the taste category (the real reason you eat candy), I still think Brookside® is the winner. That company combines the two flavors in an irresistible way.

But don't take my word for it. Try them for yourself...Hersheys Pure Dark Chocolate with Pomegranate assortment and/or Brookside Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranates 2lb Bag . I think I might be a little biased.

Read my review of Brookside Pomegranate Chocolate

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