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.


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.

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.


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


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


Then there were these.


And these.


And my favorite.


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!”


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!


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!


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


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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