Hershey's Kisses

Hershey's Kisses is a brand of chocolate manufactured by The Hershey Company. The bite-sized pieces of chocolate have a distinctive shape, commonly described as flat-bottomed teardrops. Hershey's Kisses chocolates are wrapped in squares of lightweight aluminum foil with a narrow strip of paper protruding from the top.

Kisses is one of the most popular brands of candies in the US. In 1989, the chocolate drops were the 5th most popular chocolate brand in the United States, spawning sales that topped $400 million. More than 60 million Hershey's Kisses chocolates are produced each day at the company's two factories. Today's Kisses brand chocolates use Hershey's original milk chocolate formula.

In 2006 Hershey's Kissables were introduced as a smaller sized, candy coated version of Kisses chocolates. They have been discontinued.


Hershey's Kisses milk chocolates were introduced in 1907. While it's not known exactly how Kisses chocolates got their name, it is a popular theory that the candy was named for the sound or motion of the chocolate being deposited during the manufacturing process.

Another Pennsylvania chocolatier, H.O. Wilbur & Sons Chocolate Company, had been making a similar product known as Wilbur Buds since 1894. The shape and size of those candies likely served as an inspiration for Hershey's Kisses chocolates.

Hershey's Kisses chocolates were originally wrapped by hand. Automated wrapping began in 1921. The same automatic wrapping process allowed for the insertion of the distinctive paper "plume", that the company used to guarantee that consumers were getting the genuine Hershey product, rather than an imitation. This thin paper strip was registered as a company trademark in 1924. Italian confectioner Perugina manufactures a small chocolate and hazelnut candy called Baci (Italian for Kisses). Baci are reputed to have been used as a clandestine method for delivering love notes between two confectioners, Giovanni Buitoni and Luisa Spagnoli. This may have served as the inspiration for the paper strip.

Hershey's Kisses chocolates have been produced continuously since 1907, except for the period of time between 1942 and 1949. Rationing of raw materials during World War II made the aluminum foil for the wrappers a scarce commodity.

The word KISSES became a registered trademark by the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office on January 2, 2001. (Reg. No. 2,416,701). The plume device is also a federally registered trademark (Reg. No. 186,828). The conical configuration of the product is also a federally registered trademark.

Kisses Brand Variety

United States & Canada
Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate with almond
Filled with Caramel
Hugs chocolates (Milk Chocolate and white chocolate)
Special Dark mildy sweet chocolates (Dark Chocolate)
Kisses chocolates wrapped in pink foil Milk Chocolate with Pink Wrappers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness)
Cherry Cordial (Limited Edition)
Filled with Peanut Butter
Milk Chocolate with macadamia nuts (only in Hawaii)
Crunchy Cookie (milk chocolate with oreo-like cookie bits)
Candy Cane (peppermint flavoured white chocolate with red nonpareils)
Coconut Creme

Hazelnut (May only be found in Asian markets)
Green Tea (May only be found in Asian markets)
Creamy Milk Chocolate (found in Europe)
Creamy Milk Chocolate with Almonds (found in Europe)

Limited Time Only
New York Style Cheesecake
Orange Creme
Vanilla Creme
Lemon Creme
Coconut Creme
TRIO (dark, milk, and white chocolate in one)
Chocolate Marshmallow
Cookies 'n' Creme (has little nonpareil bits - not the same as the European ones; they have little Oreo bits)
Vanilla Yogurt Creme (not to be confused with the Vanilla Creme)
Chocolate Truffle
Mint Truffle
Special Dark Strawberry
Champagne Truffle
Neapolitan (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors)
Milk Chocolate Filled with Marshmallow Creme
Caramel Apple
Candy Corn
Pumpkin Spice
Hot Cocoa Creme
Candy Cane (Peppermint)
Chocolate Mint
Dark Raspberry
Milk Chocolate Filled with Strawberry Creme
Chocolate Meltaway (milk chocolate with velvety smooth chocolate center)
Irish Creme (milk chocolate filled with Irish creme)
Butter Creme
Raspberry Hugs

Wrapper Varieties

Hershey's Kisses chocolates were originally wrapped in silver-colored foil, and were only available in this color for decades. 1962 marked the first year that Kisses chocolates were available in different colored foil wrappers: red, green, and silver-wrapped candies were manufactured to coincide with the Christmas season. In 1968, pastel blue, pink, and green wrappers were introduced for Easter, and in 1986, Valentine's Day-themed wrappers of red and silver were introduced. Xs and Os have also appeared on pink and red wrappers as well as little red hearts on silver wrappers for Valentine’s Day. "Fall Harvest" colors were introduced in 1991. Independence Day has silver with red stripes and blue-starred wrappers. Pink wrappers with "ribbons" on them to support breast cancer have also appeared. Camouflage wrappers are also available, primarily on military bases. Kisses Dark Chocolates come in a deep purple wrapper. The Halloween themed Kisses Candy Corn candies come in a wrapper whose colors imitate the color of a candy corn with yellow, white and orange stripes swirling around the candy, that also imitates the color pattern. The Christmas themed Kisses Candy Cane candies also come in a wrapper whose colors imitate the color pattern (red stripes and white chocolate). The standard silver (for regular) and gold (for Almonds) wrappers are available year-round.

Hershey is introducing new pastel-colored wrappers with white polka dots for the upcoming Easter season. This created controversy within the organization because many workers and environmentalists have requested a more environmentally-friendly packaging. This would have eliminated the aluminum wrapping, and replaced it with biodegradable materials. This was supposed to be rolled out on April 1, 2009.

Paper Plume

In addition to the standard "Kisses®" paper plume and the special variety plumes (such as "cheesecake") special messages have been available for various occasions, including:
A Kiss for You
Happy Valentine
Happy Holidays

Special Occasions
Just Married
It's a Boy
It's a Girl

Information from Wikipedia