31 Days of Junk: Hershey’s Miniatures (#7)

Last October (2017), I made it a goal to drink 31 different beers—a new one each day—by the end of the month. Incredibly, I was successful in my attempt, which I dubbed #31FallBeers (look it up on any form of social media!) This year, I wanted to try something similar, but there were two important changes I needed to make. Firstly, I wanted to be able to expound more, so I decided against social media blurbs in favor of long-form posts on my site. Second: it needed to be much, much cheaper than drinking 31 different beers. The result? #31DaysOfJunk. Strap in and hold on tight, and please enjoy this month-long odyssey into the sugary, fatty belly of the autumnal beast.

Does any candy scream “AUTUMN!” more than these Hershey’s Miniatures? I think not. There is something very nostalgic about the foil-tipping on the little bars. Bronze, silver, metallic orange and red. When I see these at the store, I know summer is officially over.

As a kid, I just wanted the dark chocolate ones. That’s all I cared about. As an adult, however, I’m less judgy and will take whatever I can get. I’ve developed a surprising affinity for Mr. Goodbar. Krackel is still my least favorite, though. Just never cared for crisped rice in my candies—sue me!

However, I did have a revolutionary idea last week about how to use these babies in a new way: add them to s’mores! Sure, the tiny Hershey bar would be redundant. But Mr. Goodbar, heck even Krackel, on a s’more? This must be how Al Gore felt when he invented the Internet.

Finally, as a staunch traditionist and purist when it comes to meaningless things from my youth that I hold dear, it surprises me to say this, but: it’d be cool if they included some new mini versions—maybe a one-time thing, for a special occasion? I’d love mini versions of a Symphony bar, 5th Avenue, or Take 5!

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