My Ode to Hershey-ets: The Peanut-free Chocolaty Goodness

When my mom was pregnant with my baby brother she kept passing on Peanut Butter M&M’s.  When I asked her why, she told me she was avoiding them because of a certain ingredient.

My 10-year-old self started to worry. I mean panic attack worry.

Would I really not be able to eat M&M’s for NINE MONTHS? Do I have to choose M&M’s or to be a mother?!

Oh my gosh.

Maybe I would never be able to be a mom.

Yes, I know. A 10-year-old clearly addicted to Peanut Butter M&M’s.

Fast forward twenty years – my son’s peanut allergy means I can’t eat them at all. (Okay, I can eat them. I choose not to because I prefer snuggles and kisses to Peanut Butter M&M’s).

But not only did I lose my beloved PB M&MS – I lost all M&M’s.

All.

That means even the plain ones.

I always say being a food allergy mom has been a learning experience. That was the case for my once-favorite M&M’s.

I ate a bag full of PLAIN M&Ms at work, came home and kissed J.C. on the cheek. It took just moments for him to break out in hives.

You have got to be kidding, I was thinking.

No more M&M’s for me. No more M&M’s in my popcorn, no more non-melt in your hand chocolaty goodness in my cookies, no more candy-covered chocolates.

My life would be one without M&M’s. And unlike my 10-year-old self I’ve been okay with that.

I would obviously choose motherhood over M&M’s everyday.

But then something changed.

Enter Hershey-ets.

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These candy-covered chocolates are missing an “M” AND peanut cross contamination!

A seasonal, amazing candy-coated chocolate (and the chocolate is Hershey’s so it’s even better than M&M’s).

All of a sudden sugar plums dancing in my head were replaced with these bad boys.

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Who needs sugar plums when you have Hershey-ets Rice Krispies dancing to the beat?

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And these Rolo Reindeer might as well be doing the nae nae.

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Then there were these.

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And these.

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And my favorite.

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The option that hasn’t lasted long enough to get a really good picture – Hershey-ets in popcorn.

It’s clear (especially from the popcorn I’ve had about 4 times already, but still haven’t been able to photograph) that I have been suffering some serious candy-covered chocolate withdrawal.

I’ve been working on some calculations – one package a week for a year, that’s 52 packages – should I buy out the stock at Target? How long would they really last? Will they be good past their expiration date? How can I go another full year without them?

 

But then – it hit me.

Tweet about it.

So I tweeted @HersheyCompany right away, asking (okay, begging) they make Hershey-ets year-round.

Their response – “We’ll certainly add your vote to have them available year-round!”

Eek!

So let’s keep voting.

Just imagine, those Pinterest-worthy treats/crafts us peanut-free families can’t do year round involving the candies-that-should-not-be-named. Imagine a world where we can say yes to deliciousness, where we will have so many chances to photograph Hershey-ets and popcorn that I will finally get the picture.

So just go to Hershey’s contact us page.

You’ll have to fill out a few pieces of information, but I’ve already typed up a request for you. Just copy and paste into the comments section!

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To Whom It Concerns,

This holiday season I’ve been enjoying Hershey-ets! Because we have a loved one with peanut allergies we can’t eat a lot of chocolate candies because of the risk of cross contamination.

But Hershey-ets is the PERFECT option for the 3 million people in the U.S. who have peanut allergies in the U.S. (and that number doesn’t count everyone who has gone peanut-free in support!).

For that reason, I’d like you to consider making Hershey-ets year-round (of course still manufacturing them in a facility safe for peanut-free families)!

Thanks for listening!

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Vote early, vote often.

*Disclaimer: Always check the ingredients, as we know the same products can be produced in different facilities nationwide.

My ode to hershey-ets

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4 thoughts on “My Ode to Hershey-ets: The Peanut-free Chocolaty Goodness

  1. I love hershey-ets and am disappointed that they disappeared form the candy aisle quite a few years ago. I did contact Hershey right after Christmas and was told that the only way I can get them is at the factory store in PA or I also found them on Amazon in various size packages. What I don’t get is why they don’t sell them year around. They aren’t even close to M&M’s – they have a sweeter, crunchier coating and a lower melt point on the chocolate that melts in your mouth.

    My sisters, niece and I all haunted all of the Target stores right after Xmas and found all of the clearance candy canes that we could find but it’s not enough!!!!

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