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6 Jul 2017
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Did You Know That Hershey's Kisses Are Almost 100 Years Old?

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Posted By Vance H.

In 1907 a wonderful new candy made its debut, Hershey's Kisses. This smooth sweet candy was shaped in a teardrop and hand wrapped in foil. Although the origin of the name is unknown, it is believed to come from the way it is formed. The chocolate was dripped while in the process of manufacturing. Originally the kisses were individually hand wrapped but in the 1920's machines were created to take over the task.

Since the introduction of the Hershey's Kiss the wrapping process has remained relatively the same. The little flag coming from the top of the chocolate was added in 1924. Today machines can wrap approximately 1,300 of the delicious candies per minute.

In the last 80 years the shape and style of the popular candy have remained relatively the same. There have been a few variations tried over this time but none have sufficed the way the original has.

There have been a few tries to compete with the formula but none since 1931. Sweethearts, Silvertops, and Silverpoints may be recalled by the older generation as similar but still not the same or even close enough to compete.

In 1942 production of Hershey's Kisses was interrupted due to rationing for the war. Production was halted for seven years while silver foil was rationed during and after World War II. Three million military ration chocolate pastes were produced using Hershey's molding department and their mixing ingredients.

The original candies were previously wrapped only in silver foil; however in 1962 colored foils were introduced. This began a trend over the following years to match the color of foil of Hershey's Kisses with the current holiday. There were red, green and silver foils available during the Christmas season, pastel pink, blue and green foils available for Easter, and finally red and silver foil available for Valentine's Day.

Until 1990 there were no additions to the chocolate itself in the Hershey's Kisses. At this point Hershey's franchise introduced almonds into the Kisses. These quickly became popular and have been here to stay. A few short years later a new candy mixed with white chocolate was introduced as Hershey's Hugs. These were miniature in size and have since arrived in mini and full size. There are now variants of the Hershey's Hugs available with dark chocolate and milk chocolate, peanut butter and milk chocolate and also caramel and milk chocolate.

Beginning with hand wrapped candy chocolate Kisses in 1907, Hershey's Kisses have remained a favorite in the simple silver foil. There variants are pleasant but they have never been equally competed against. The sweet, smooth chocolate flavor has remained relatively unchanged in almost 100 years. The foil Kiss is known worldwide and instantly recognized by adults and children alike as one of the simple pleasures in life.

Comments (4)

By Earl W. on JUL 10 2017 @ 9:17AM

I think the little flag was a brilliant marketing tool. It's such a little thing, but when you have those little things that distinguish your brand, it can be the thing that makes you legendary.

By Julie K. on JUL 8 2017 @ 9:23PM

Yeah, but they've grown. Now, there's almonds, swirls, and the really big ones too.

By Jess J. on JUL 8 2017 @ 2:20PM

Never realized they were that old.

By Scott W. on JUL 7 2017 @ 8:15PM

If it ain't broke, don't fix it I guess.

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