With the holidays over and done with, it’s officially chocolate season as all of the seasonal Valentine’s day products take over store shelves for the next month and a half. When it comes to gifts, there are plenty of options ranging from the personalized to the commercial. Even if flowers and chocolates are a dime a dozen, there’s still something about them that’s particularly sweet. Even more so when they come in the form of a limited edition Hershey’s Kiss.
Now, chocolate Kisses are always a fantastic gift idea, but this year, Hershey’s has really outdone itself. Inspired by one of the most romantic chocolate desserts, they’ve unveiled a limited edition Chocolate Lave Cake flavored Kiss. If you’re confused as to what that means, no, there isn’t any cake in it. But our favorite dark chocolate Kisses have gotten an upgrade with a creamy center that somehow manages to mimic the flowing “lava” of the original.
According to the a company statement, the Kisses feature a “[d]ecadent dark chocolate with gooey chocolate filling.” It might sound like something difficult to translate into a piece of chocolate, but according to those who have already had the pleasure of trying it somehow, the texture of the filling is spot on. One taster described it as having the consistency that a gooey caramel filling would have.
That doesn’t mean the chocolate flavor is compromised in the least. In fact, these new Hershey’s Kisses sound like they could be a very fancy chocolate confection, only without the unpleasant surprise of uncovering a flavor you or your partner happen to dislike. With two intensely chocolate flavored components, you’ll feel like you’re eating dessert at a fancy restaurant, but for the price of a full bag of Hershey’s Kisses, making it just a little bit easier to share if you have to.
Memorable TV Show Contestants: Where Are They Now?
Kelly Brianne Clarkson is popularly known for her participation in the first season of American Idol in 2002. After winning the show on its debut, she got a record deal with RCA Records to drop her single “A Moment Like This,” which performed excellently.
The single topped the US Billboard charts alongside her album as it debuted on the Top 200 charts. As she enjoyed success through the years, her records bagged two Grammys and millions of sold music copies. Recently in 2019, she started a TV show in her name, The Kelly Clarkson Show.
Luke Bryan, a successful American country music singer is also known as a songwriter. His career kicked off writing songs for Billy Currington and Travis Tritt before signing a deal.
Since his debut in the music scene in 2001, he has released more than 7 albums with an EP. Crash My Party, his 2013 album, had a single with the same title that topped the Country Airplay chart. In 2018, he became part of the American Idol judges. As of 2020, he dropped an album Born Here Live Here [Pass Away] Here and has garnered over 60 million single sales.
Carrie Marie Underwood won the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She has enjoyed bountiful success over the years, her debut album became the best-selling solo female debut album (for country music category ).
With numerous Grammy Awards to her name, the sales of her records amount to 70 million with several certifications making her the 6th highest certified female artiste and the highest in the female category for country music. In 2014, Forbes ranked Carrie the most successful American Idol contestant. From 2015 through to 2020, her interest tilted towards fashion and book writing.
27 years old Scott Cooke McCreery won the 10th season of American Idol and since then enjoyed a successful run. His debut album got a platinum certification in the United States, the first of his many certifications.
“See You Tonight,” his 2013 single, ranked in the top ten Billboard Country charts, and without the support of a record label, his 2017 single “Five More Minutes” also charted in the country music category. In 2018, he released his 10th studio album Seasons Change, which remains the most recent of his works.
Shania Twain was a guest judge when Crystal auditioned at American Idol, singing “Piece of My Heart.” Siobhan Magnus elimination left her as the only female in competition at the top six stages. She set a record for becoming the first female to get to the finale three since Jordin Sparks won the show in 2007.
Bowersox went on to become the third American Idol runner-up in 2010. She remained active after the show, dropping two albums Farmer’s Daughter as the debut album and All That for This as the second. Crystal ventured into acting, debuting on the series Body of Proof.
Taylor Reuben Hicks is famous for winning the fifth season of American Idol and later signing a deal with Arista Records and released a single late in 2006.
The Birmingham-born songwriter and singer had his debut single “Do I Make You Proud” certified gold by RIAA after it debuted number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. A memoir was released in 2007 and got a whopping $750,000 to have it penned. He featured in a theater show and also a Grammy-winning album. In 2017, he premiered some songs and had an appearance in the 2019 musical Shenandoah, playing Charlie Anderson.
Connie Victoria Elizabeth Talbot, born in 2000, was the runner-up in 2007’s Britain’s Got Talent. Her debut album topped charts in three countries and sold over 250,000 copies.
Known to play the piano and guitar, Connie competed in the 2019 champions edition of Britain’s Got Talent and in the 2020 version of America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Her discography includes three more albums garnering career certifications in Honk Kong, UK, South Korea, and Taiwan. The pop singer continues to enjoy success and was once projected to be the next Charlotte Church.
Clay Holmes Aiken was the mind-blowing nerd in the second season of American Idol in 2003. Although he left the show, he made an epic comeback after the “wild card” round, and kept gathering votes till the final days of voting.
Aiken continued to do well in terms of votes till he came second in a controversial win by Ruben Studdard. His debut album under the RCA went platinum. He had further albums from 2004 to 2012, selling over 5 million album copies. Alongside his music career, he was appointed a UNICEF ambassador before giving it up to join politics.
Singer Leona Lewis won £1,000,000 and a recording deal after winning the third series of The X-Factor. After the 2016 success, her debut album grossed massively in numbers and charts. Despite being the first of her works, her album Spirit got certified 10x platinum and became one the best sellers in the 21st century; all in the UK.
Outside of the UK, “Bleeding Love,” her lead single became the best-selling single of 2008 on US Billboard Hot 100 and charted number one in 30 countries. Over the years, she has been an activist, actress, and model.
Phillip LaDon Phillips is an American songwriter and actor. In the eleventh season of American Idol, in 2012, Phillips won the show. And his coronation song “Home” became the best selling song of the show.
His debut album after the show was titled The World from the Side of the Moon and became the first of many from 2012 to 2018. In 2017, he was featured in the movie Hawaii Five-0. His successful music career earned lots of top performances on shows like The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Ellen DeGeneres Show amongst others.
Miranda Lambert, a top country music singer, is best known for her appearance in the Nashville Star singing competition. Since she participated in the show, Miranda has released several musical projects, either solos or collaboration with Pistol Annies, formed in 2011.
Over the years she’s won awards like the Grammys, Country Music Association Awards, and numerous Academy of Country Music Awards. Miranda had several singles on the country music Billboard Hot 100. Her recent release Wildcard in 2019 is her 7th studio album.
Keith Urban, now 53, served as a judge in the 12th through 15th seasons of the American Idol. He served as a judge alongside Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez amongst others in different seasons of the show.
His career started more than a decade in Australia and America before his introduction to American Idol. In 1991, his album named after him charted on the country’s chart before having another with Capitol Nashville with two singles charting on the US Billboard Hot 100. Also worth noting is that his 2018 hit song “Female” proved me quite a successful empowerment song.
Rapper and singer, Cher Lloyd, was fourth in the seventh season of The X-Factor in 2010. Syco Music signed the talented songwriter and her debut single “Swagger Jagger” became number one on the UK singles chart. Going forward, her debut album with two versions both charted in the UK and US.
In May of 2014, another album was released and also a feature with Demi Lovato after which she went silent for two years. Cher resurfaced with “Activated,” a song telling her fans she was back and stronger. Cher released “None of My Business” in 2018 and added another single in 2019 titled “M.I.A.”
Florence Sam Bailey is likewise known as the winner of the tenth series of The X-Factor. Fondly are the memories of her “incredible” audition with a standing ovation from the judges.
Her win resulted in a debut single, a cover of “Skyscraper,” originally by Demi Lovato, which became the December number one song in 2013. Sam appeared in some popular tours before the release of her debut album in 2014. The album debuted number 1 on the UK album charts. From 2014 to 2017, Sam released more albums before joining Fat Friends – The Musical and More in 2018.
LeAnn Rimes had a successful run in the early days of her musical career. Her teenage days marked the beginning of record-breaking and record-setting streaks, which was enhanced by her debut album. Rimes was awarded by the Grammys, got certifications from RIAA, the ACM’s, and Billboard Music Awards.
In 2007, Rimes started to host the Colgate Country Showdown. A widely televised country music talent competition, much comparable to American Idol and country music show Nashville Star. She continued as host until 2011. In 2020, Fox reality singing competition The Masked Singer had Rimes competing as a Sun.
Chris was a hit in the 5th season of American Idol, enjoyed a final four spot before his eventual elimination from the show. Subsequently, he focused on his musical career and earned himself the third most successful American Idol alumnus for record sales.
In the first quarter of 2016, he played Judas on the Fox live Musical event; The Passion. His fifth studio album was released in 2018, titled Cage to Rattle, and a tour followed. Then a year later, he was in North Carolina, performing for the home roster at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Charlotte.
Leanne Sian Mitchell, the singer, and songwriter won the debut series of The Voice UK in 2012. Her debut single “Run to You” was released a day after her win and was her first professionally.
She later released her debut album a year after, which was self-titled. Branded as a “huge flop,” it struggled to reach 134 in the album chart. Following the release, she left her record label a year later. She left the limelight after leaving her label and seemed to have abandoned professional music and songwriting altogether.
William Hungs’ version of “She Bangs” originally by Ricky Martin made him popular in the 3rd season of American Idol but not for what many would have expected. His version of the hit song was far from incredible. Regardless, his enthusiasm was charming.
After the show, Hung released three studio albums before quitting music to become a tech analyst. At the 2016 finals of the American Idol, he performed as a guest. In recent years, Hung took on motivational speaking even giving a TEDx Talk.
Susan Magdalene Boyle a Scottish singer rose to fame since her participation in the third series of Britain’s Got Talent. Despite the coming second on the show, Susan’s debut album turned out to as one of the best-selling albums in the UK.
She went on to release about 7 more albums with all being successful. Four years after her audition on Britain’s Got Talent, he returned as a guest artist in the 2012 finals. Her career includes tours and royal performances in the UK. In 2019, she performed at Season 14 of America’s Got Talent.
Talented Season 8 American Idol contestants Adam Lambert was famous for his series of amazing performances. His multi-octave range reflected the chances he had to bag the first place. Unfortunately, finished as a runner-up.
Sometime in 2009, he released a debut album, which charted at number 3 on the Billboard 200. In 2011, his single “Whataya Want From Me” gave him a Grammy nomination. And in 2015, collaborations with rock band Queen earned him the highest-earning “Idol” alumnus ahead of popular Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. He performed at the 2019 Academy Awards.
The winner of the 3rd season of American Idol Fantasia Barrino is a living example of coming out victorious against all odds. Though with a painful past, she released her debut album Free Yourself, a Grammy-nominated body of work with platinum certification.
She had four more albums as an addition to her debut before going off the music scene. Then, in 2018, she returned to the studio. And in 2018, her powerful performance at Aretha Franklin’s funeral served as a precursor to her full return and 2019 album release charting on the Billboard.
Bo Bice had a nice year alongside Carrie Underwood in the fourth season of American Idol. He played in nightclubs before becoming a part of the fourth season of the American Idol of which he was a runner-up.
In the year 2005, he dropped a rendition of “Inside Your Heaven,” which charted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He had several collaborations post his time at American Idol and dropped three albums spanning several years till 2013. Along the way, he developed some health problems that have lasted many years.
Rubber Studdard competed in the same season of American Idol as Clay Aiken but narrowly won the show. Soulful, his debut album, was released the same year he won the second season of the show. The album debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart and earned Studdard a Grammy nomination.
A little while after his release, his personal life interfered with his career and he was off the scene until 2014. He released his 6th album that year. Later in 2018, he released an album full of Luther Vandross covers titled Ruben Sings Luther.
David Cook Won the 7th season of American Idol and subsequently released an album named after him. The debut album had platinum certifications.
After the album, he dropped three more albums alongside an EP titled Chromance in 2018. He also featured in the 2018 Broadway musical Kinky Boots as Charlie Price. He married in 2015 and dropped another single in 2018 titled “[End] of Me.” In 2019, he went on a tour in North America.
Katherine McPhee was featured on the 5th season of American Idol after persuasion from her family. She advanced through the stages to eventually end up as a runner-up.
Under the tutelage of Andrea Bocelli and David Foster who were guest mentors, she made an impression that earned her inclusion in various projects by both men. Her debut album named after her was released by RCA Records and debuted number two on the Billboard 200 with a later certification. She released three more albums in 2017, which all made the Billboard top 200. She later dabbled into acting.