Hershey kisses artificial flavors goodbye in some chocolates

FILE - In this July 21, 2005 file photo, Hershey's Chocolate Kiss sits on the belt at Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey, Pa. The candy company says its milk chocolate Hershey's Kisses and bars are now being made with flavor from real vanilla instead of an artificial flavor. The change is the first part of The Hershey Co.'s previously announced plans to use simpler ingredients. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

NEW YORK (AP) – Hershey wants to keep the ingredients list on two of its famous chocolates short and sweet.

The candy company says its milk chocolate Hershey’s Kisses and bars are now being made with flavor from real vanilla instead of an artificial flavor.

The change is the first part of The Hershey Co.’s previously announced plans to use simpler ingredients.

Customers will see “natural flavor” on the ingredients list instead of vanillin, the artificial ingredient that used to give the chocolates their vanilla flavor. Lactose, a sugar in milk, will also be removed from both chocolates. Hershey has also banished PGPR, which makes chocolate flow better in a manufacturing plant, from the bars. Instead, it is adding more cocoa butter to produce the right texture.

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