The first new Hershey bar in 22 years has no chocolate

New product is a 'caramelized creme' candy bar

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Since 1900, just three candy bars have carried the Hershey name. Now there's a fourth.

Meet Hershey Gold, the first new Hershey bar since the chocolatier debuted the Cookies 'n Creme variety in 1995. The original milk chocolate Hershey bar first went on sale in 1900. Hershey's Special Dark debuted in 1939.

Hershey Gold is a "caramelized creme" bar with pretzels and peanuts baked inside. Notice the missing ingredient? Yeah ... there's no chocolate in this Hershey bar.

If you're wondering what caramelized creme is, that's because it's not something Americans have seen before: Hershey says Gold is the first mass-market, golden creme confection in the United States. (Creme is the mostly-sugar-non-dairy-white-stuff filling in Oreo cookies.)

Hershey says it turns the white creme gold by browning the sugar inside. That gives Gold bars a "sweet, buttery taste" topped with a creamy finish.

The peanuts and pretzels add a crunch that Hershey says candy customers are longing for.

"Consumers favor a complex combination of ingredients, which led to the unique variation of sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy," Hershey said in a press release.

For example, Hershey recently made a big advertising push for Reese's Outrageous (peanut butter cups with caramel and Reese's Pieces inside). It also launched Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch, Popped Snack Mix and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels in the summer.

Last week, Hershey posted decent third-quarter sales growth and expressed optimism that its new candies -- including Gold -- would boost consumers' candy demand. Hershey's said its profit this fall would hit the high end of its previous forecast.

Hershey plans to advertise Gold heavily during next year's Winter Olympics. (Gold, get it?)

The company said it hired American speedskater Apolo Ohno, gymnast Simone Biles and Paralympian Rico Roman to hawk the new candy bar.

Hershey Gold will go on sale nationwide December 1. If you can't wait, you can pick one up now in Hershey's Chocolate World theme parks in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Las Vegas.


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