On the other hand, if you need a chocolate fix right away and you can only go to the local quickie-mart, you could do a lot worse than to get a bar of Hershey's Special Dark. It's not especially smooth, it doesn't have the powerful chocolate kick that I look for in a good dark chocolate. It has a more roasted flavor to it than some others. The flavor is reminiscent of peanuts, and is similar to the flavor of a Mr. Goodbar in that respect.
Anyway, Hershey's Special Dark isn't truly great, but the fact that you can get it just about anywhere makes it something of a benchmark against which to test other dark chocolates.
This chocolate is very sweet and not especially chocolaty. It's light brown color (in addition to the ingredient list on the wrapper) betrays the fact that there aren't a lot of cocoa solids in it. In fact, "chocolate" is fourth on the ingredient list, after sugar, milk, and cocoa butter, but before soy lecithin and vanilla. One thing I notice about this chocolate is that the time between when you put a piece of it in your mouth and the time you can actually taste the chocolate is a lot longer than with many other chocolates.
Again, the ubiquitous nature of the Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar makes it something of a benchmark. But in all honesty I can't give it more than a 2 rating.
Honestly, I can't decide whether this is a better chocolate or not. It differs in a number of ways from Hershey's Milk Chocolate, so while the eating experience is clearly different for each of them, the overall enjoyment I get is about the same.
To sum up the differences for you:
|Hershey's Milk Chocolate||Symphony|
|texture||not bad, a little gritty||smoother, creamier|
|sweetness||a little too sweet||just about right|
|chocolatiness||enough||not quite enough|
|flavor||more complex; nuttier||simple, a little more tart|
Overall I can't really give Symphony a rave review because it's nothing terribly special. However, if your preference is for smooth and creamy chocolates, you could do worse than to give Hershey's Symphony a try.