To say I love chocolate milk is an understatement. While others are drinking cold-pressed juices sourced from hydroponic orchards, I’m sipping some skim. When people are grinding Ethiopian beans that some African primate ate and pooped back out, I’m getting my buzz from frosty chocolate goodness. When the days are cold, the nights are colder, and the suckers are turning to Swiss Miss, I’m rolling with sizurp. But my drank isn’t purple; it’s brown – Hershey’s brown.
I drink chocolate milk more days than not, and though I have done my fair share of experimentation over the years, I always come back to Hershey’s syrup to swirl in my milk. With this being the case, you can imagine my surprise when I saw old faithful had launched at new variation: Hershey’s Simply 5. Perhaps this product is so new, it is not even listed on their website: Hershey’s Syrups and Toppings
Gone is the high fructose corn syrup. Gone are the GMOs. So, what’s left? Only five ingredients that are pegged as simple, but at least one left me scratching my head. Let’s start with what I know: cane sugar, water, cocoa, and natural vanilla flavor. Good, good, good, and good, right? Simple enough, but what about the fifth? Does organic invert cane syrup ring any bells? Not to me either, but as long as it is organic, it must be okay, right?
The way I imagine it, the fifth ingredient, which is actually listed second, is derived from cane syrup that is turned upside down – inverted. Unsurprisingly, I’m wrong, so check out the explanation from my most trusted chemistry source: Wikipedia.
Another shocking development when observing the packaging is the absence of plastic wrapping that covers the flip spout. Instead, there is a seal at the top of the bottom which requires the spout to be unscrewed before the syrup can be enjoyed. The seal reveals a surprising message: Shake well. Shake well? I have to shake my syrup. Well, I’ll try anything once.
So, how does it taste? For the answer, I went to an independent tasting lab in a rural Pennsylvania. After mixing in an amount of the syrup equivelant to the standard, my testers gave their results. “Yummy. Can we have some more, dad?” To which I replied, “Sorry, dude. The rest is for me.” It’s good – certainly on par with the non-simply 5 version, though it may take just a bit more stirring. It’s smooth. It goes down easy. What more could you ask for?
Hershey’s Simply 5 is a delicious alternative to standard Hershey’s chocolate syrup, but the fact remains, this is still chocolate sugar that you pour into milk. it would be pretty hard to mess that up.
Consume.Review.Repeat. gives Hershey’s Simply 5 chocolate syrup 8.5 “Bien Agiter” out of 10. Very, very bien.