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Hershey's Chocolate Kisses and Hugs

Updated on February 15, 2015
Photos on this article are my own or are courtesy of Karenswhimsy.com.
Photos on this article are my own or are courtesy of Karenswhimsy.com.

Hershey's Chocolate Kisses

Hershey's Chocolate Kisses are delightfully sweet drop shaped chocolates that simply melt in your mouth.

A Hershey Chocolate Kiss is similar in shape to a chocolate chip but quite a bit larger and an absolutely deliciously smooth sweet treat.

Hershey's has created these tiny chocolate kisses in an assortment of flavors such as Cherry Cordial, Milk Chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate & almonds, Cookies 'n' Creme, and even special holiday varieties like their new Candy Cane. Each Hershey's chocolate Kiss flavor comes wrapped in it's own distinct foil wrapper and tag.

Hershey's Kisses are foil wrapped drops of delicious chocolate.

A Valentine Hershey's kiss.
A Valentine Hershey's kiss. | Source
Vintage Hershey's chocolate syrup tin.
Vintage Hershey's chocolate syrup tin. | Source

So where did all those chocolate kisses come from?

The delicious small milk chocolate drops are part of the Hershey's chocolates line of milk chocolate Kisses.

Milton S. Hershey opened the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894. The recipe for chocolate was held close to the hearts of the Swiss people and Hershey would become the first American to develop a successful formula for milk chocolate. In 1900 he sold his caramel candy factory and concentrated his efforts on perfecting and selling his Hershey's chocolate bars.

The first Hershey's milk chocolate kisses rolled off the assembly line in 1907. No one is quite sure how the kisses got their name but it is rumored that it may have been the sound made by the machine making them which was responsible for these tiny chocolate drops being referred to as Hershey's Kisses.

Do you love your kisses?

Hershey's Easter holiday clucking chicken basket

7" "Clucking" Cadbury Bunny Easter Basket w/ Cream Egg / Bucket w/ Hershey Kisses
7" "Clucking" Cadbury Bunny Easter Basket w/ Cream Egg / Bucket w/ Hershey Kisses

Ideal for most occasions there is nothing else quite as sweet as chocolate. Hershey's hugs and kisses have gifts to match every holiday.

 

Hugs or kisses? Which is your favorite?

Hugs or kisses? Which is your favorite?

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Hershey's Kiss Christmas Commercial:

Silver Hershey's chocolate kisses bracelet.

Hershey's Kiss Jewelry Sterling Silver Small 3D Shaped Bracelet with Three Hershey's Kiss Charms
Hershey's Kiss Jewelry Sterling Silver Small 3D Shaped Bracelet with Three Hershey's Kiss Charms

An absolutely enchanting way to say I love you. Hershey's Kisses chocolate lovers bracelet. Charmingly sweet.

 

Hershey's Kisses have a delicious history behind them.

The early Hershey's Kisses were wrapped in their silver foil wrappings by hand up until 1921.

In 2001 equipment was designed to more efficiently wrap Hershey's little milk chocolate drops and this machinery now does the work that years ago it took so very many hands to accomplish.

In 1993 Hershey's Chocolates introduced Hugs to it's Kisses chocolate line. Hugs were milk chocolate Kisses wrapped in a hug of white chocolate. Hershey's chocolate lovers could now have Kisses and Hugs.

Do you love your hugs?

Have you ever received Hershey's chocolate kisses as a gift?

Have you ever received Hershey's chocolate kisses as a gift?

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Doves carrying a basket filled with symbols of good luck and love.
Doves carrying a basket filled with symbols of good luck and love. | Source

Hershey's Kisses the chocolate that says, "I love you".

Because the "kiss" name of the Hershey's Chocolate Kisses represented love and affection, these little chocolate drops became an increasingly popular gift choice for family, friends, and lovers.

Hershey's Kisses are given out for Valentine's Day, Easter, Christmas, birthdays and other special holidays. At anniversary parties and weddings they are laid out on the tables for guest to partake of.

Without saying a word, the rich taste of Hershey's chocolate Kisses and Hugs quietly whispers, "I love you" to those who receive them as gifts.The Hershey's Chocolate Kisses and Hugs are indeed a delightfully romantic gift idea.

A silver Hershey's Kisses pendant is a sweet way to say I love you.

Hershey Jewelry Sterling Silver Small Flat Back Shaped Pendant, 18"
Hershey Jewelry Sterling Silver Small Flat Back Shaped Pendant, 18"

For a birthday, Christmas, or Valentine's day gift, how charmingly enchanting and beautifully romantic a kiss is. A Hershey's Kiss pendant necklace is a delightful way to say "I love you."

 

Hershey's Kiss Valentine's Day commercial:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses?

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses?

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Hershey's Kiss Easter Commercial:

A crystal Hershey's Kisses dish.

Godinger Crystal Famous Hersheys Kiss Crystal Trinket Box, Set of 2
Godinger Crystal Famous Hersheys Kiss Crystal Trinket Box, Set of 2

Chocolate kisses are a wonderful way to say I love you but a crystal Hershey's kiss is extra special. A crystal Hershey's kisses trinket dish adds a touch of class to your chocolate cravings. A truly charming gift idea for Hershey chocolate kiss lovers.

 
Hershey's kiss cookie.
Hershey's kiss cookie. | Source
A kiss by the light of a big heart moon.
A kiss by the light of a big heart moon. | Source

Each holiday brings with it a delightful unique holiday theme chocolate.

For Easter Hershey's introduced a special pastel color line up of chocolate kisses.

These pretty little kisses are ideal for hiding throughout the home. It took my chocolate loving husband quite awhile to find all of his.

In June of 2003 Hershey's introduced a new item to it's delightful array of fine chocolate Kisses. Hershey's mildly sweet dark chocolate Kisses hit store shelves for the very first time. For those who love the rich taste of deep dark chocolate these Hershey's Kisses are for you.

The largest Hershey's Chocolate bar is designed with chocolate lovers in mind.

HERSHEY'S Chocolate Bar, Milk Chocolate Candy Bar, 5 Pound Bar
HERSHEY'S Chocolate Bar, Milk Chocolate Candy Bar, 5 Pound Bar

It's not a Hershey kiss but for the chocolate lover on your gift list this is the chocolate bar to give. It's 5 big pounds of delicious Hershey's dark chocolate. It's their biggest chocolate bar.

 
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Hershey's Chocolate Kisses and World War II.

Since their introduction Hershey's Chocolate Kisses have remained a very popular choice in chocolates. It was only during the World War II years of 1942 to 1949 that the tiny kisses were not manufactured.

During the war years of 1942 - 1949 the silver wrapping or Hershey's chocolate kisses was rationed for the war effort, and the machines which were generally used to mix the chocolate for the kisses, was instead used to mix chocolate for military ration bars.

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Have you ever given chocolate kisses as a gift?

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Have you been saving your chocolate kisses for a rainy day?

Toddler Kisses Chocolate Halloween Costume (2-4T)
Toddler Kisses Chocolate Halloween Costume (2-4T)

Cute Hershey's Kiss toddler costume shows exactly how sweet Hershey's chocolate really can be.

 
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Hershey's chocolate Kisses are rich in history.

Hershey's Chocolates have a rich history made ever so wonderfully special by the man who held such a deep fascination for this delightful sweet treat.

Milton S. Hershey insured forever that chocolate was no longer a food to be enjoyed only by the elite. He made chocolate so it could be affordable to all who might desire it.

You can check out the History of Hershey's Kisses at Hershey's official website.

Have you ever received Hershey's Chocolate Kisses as a gift?

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Yes I have!! Gotta Love Chocolate!! thanks

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I hide them around the living room for my husband to find. He is a chocolate-aholic.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      @ohcaroline: Ah so very true.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Forgot to answer the question....yes, I have both given and received Hershey's Kisses and the Hugs as gifts....both giver and receiver get to enjoy, lol! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I didn't know that Hershey's Kisses had such a history an am imagining all those people who used to wrap them. I loved the part you did on WWII, for a piece of history of how people had to change to a new normal with rationing but our troops were taken care of! :)

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Never as a gift...but that doesn't mean that I can't gift myself now and then. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @norma-holt: Thank you skiesgreen that is very thoughtful of you. Life is always sweet with a little chocolate in it ;)

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Craftymarie: Ha! A Hershey's chocolate smuggler. Now that is funny.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @KiwiSanet: Hershey's chocolate kisses and hugs come in a variety of flavors and blends. Their chocolate is deliciously smooth and rich.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @norma-holt: My hubby is a chocolate-aholic so I often hide Hershey's hugs and kisses around the house for him to find when he gets home.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Lovely chocolate flavour lens. Featuired on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Chocolates Coffee and Candy. Hugs

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      KiwiSanet 5 years ago

      I love chocolate but I have not seen these chocolates in NZ. Hershey's Chocolates look like they will taste very nice and creamy.

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      Marie 5 years ago

      We don't get Hershey's Chocolate in the UK but I was very lucky to receive a Hershey's bar when an uncle came back from a visit to the USA. I can tell you that it was the best chocolate I ever tasted. If I'm ever lucky enough to visit then I will fill a suitcase with it!