Hershey's Special Dark

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Hershey's Special Dark
Miniature-sized Hershey's Special Dark bars

Hershey's Special Dark is a chocolate bar manufactured by The Hershey Company.

Special Dark is similar to a standard Hershey bar, but is made with a dark (or semi-sweet) variety of chocolate, and contains a higher percentage (45%) of cocoa solids, chocolate liquor and cocoa butter than milk chocolate.[1] The Special Dark bar replaced the similar, if not identical, Hershey's Semi-Sweet bar in the company's product lineup in the early 1970s.

Hershey's Special Dark is available in a variety of sizes. There are also Special Dark versions of Hershey's Kisses, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, baking chocolate, cocoa, and Hershey's Nuggets.


Hershey's Special Dark is a component of the traditional Hershey's Miniatures assortment first sold in 1939, when the Special Dark was called Semi-Sweet.

In 2006, Hershey's began selling Hershey's Special Dark Miniatures, which included the plain Special Dark bar, along with dark bars with peanuts (similar to a Mr. Goodbar) and with crisped rice (similar to a Krackel).

Hershey's Extra Dark[edit]

Hershey's Extra Dark is a product very similar to the Special Dark. The three varieties are solid chocolate; chocolate with macadamia nuts and dried cranberries; and chocolate with cranberries, blueberries, pomegranate, and almonds. Hershey's marketing emphasizes the antioxidant qualities of these bars' ingredients. Additionally, Hershey's Extra Dark contains 60% cocoa solids, while Hershey's Special Dark contains 45% cocoa solids. [2][3]


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