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SWEET ESCAPES HIT MOST MARKS

Hershey's Sweet Escapes are wee 25 samples of a new low-fat chocolate line of candy bars. We found our 3-ounce little bars at Smith's.

Edyth Jensen (married, frequent visits from kids and grandkids): "These little snack bars are crisp and chocolaty. They are quite small, but they are also rich enough that one or two is about all one can handle at a time. Being low-fat they would be good once in a while if you want to spend a bit more for a snack item. We won't be buying them very often, if at all."Don Russell (married, five children at home, ages 6-16): "This new candy bar is a cross between a Hershey's Kit Kat and Bar None. As I expected, this bar is extremely sweet and quite chocolaty. It's nice to see a good candy bar contain less fat, but I really don't think Hershey packs any surprises in this new bar. You may want to give Sweet Escapes a try. If you don't enjoy it, someone near you probably will."

Nihla Lake (married, two children at home): "My husband and are are both on low-calorie diets, so we made the supreme sacrifice in testing this sample-size candy bar. We weren't disappointed. The caramel and peanut butter bar was chewy, crunchy, crisp and real tasty. The best thing of all is that it had only half the fat of a regular Hershey bar. Only other challenge we had was keeping it hidden from the kids."

Linda C. Tingey (single mother, two teenage boys at home): "This was a very tasty little candy bar. There wasn't a lot in this sample but it was rich, moist and chewy. It was very satisfying, small but mighty. I very much appreciate the fact that it was lower in fat. Nice that you can partake of something yummy and not have to worry about fat. I'll buy it again."

Rich Firmage (married, four children, oldest 10 years old): "I was excited to try this `little' chocolate bar, but I was very disappointed. The chocolate was lousy. I was expecting more like a Toblerone with good chocolate, but no. I wouldn't buy this again - in fact I didn't even finish the little bit I had."

Bill Allred (single): "This was an OK tasting piece of candy but not out of the ordinary as far as I could tell from the small piece we were given to try. Hershey says this product has 33 percent less fat than similar candy bars. That may entice some people but really - when you want rich toffee candy do you really care about calories? Do you add up the fat grams on your Heath Bar? Of course, if the Deseret News had given me a whole bag of this candy to try I might have formed a different conclusion. Not that I'm angling for more candy. I'd never do that. Honest."

Conclusion: Gee whiz, Bill. We really tried to find a bigger candy bar than Hershey's little 25-cent sample. Maybe a regular size bar is at your store now. Most of our testers thought Hershey's lower-fat candy bar was a good idea and actually quite tasty. Some chocolate purists will sniff at this attempt to fit chocolate into the "lite" line of foods.