HOW SWEET IT IS
Every Valentine's Day, you can count on heart-shaped boxes of Hershey's Kisses to compete for your dollars and jumpstart your chocolate cravings. One of the most iconic candies to grace store aisles, Kisses have a long, storied history as one of America's favorite guilty pleasures. Here are some sweet morsels of Hershey's Kiss trivia.
THEY USED TO BE WRAPPED BY HAND
WILBUR BUDS WERE HERE FIRST
Kisses are so iconic that it might seem surprising that a very similar product, Wilbur Buds, predates them by several years. Hershey's was just one of several copycats, and the H.O. Wilbur company even sued to stop them. It didn't work, and the company faded into the background as Hershey's grew dominant. Curious about how Wilbur Buds stack up? You can still buy them online.
THE ORIGIN OF THEIR NAME IS DISPUTED
'KISS' WASN'T TRADEMARKED UNTIL 2001
PRODUCTION STOPPED DURING WORLD WAR II
HERSHEY'S ONCE MADE A 30,000-POUND KISS
KISSES HAD AN ILL-FATED SPINOFF
THEY SPAWNED AN ICONIC COOKIE ...
You may not even know their name, but you've seen them: Thick rings of peanut-butter dough, crusted in sugar crystals and topped with a Hershey's Kiss melted into the center. Best known as peanut blossoms, these cookies were a finalist in the 1957 Pillsbury Bake-Off. After that, Hershey's printed the recipe on bags of Kisses, and peanut blossoms have been a staple of cookie swaps and family get-togethers ever since.
... AND AN ICONIC COMMERCIAL
THERE HAVE BEEN PLENTY OF WEIRD FLAVORS
Winter usually brings Candy Cane Kisses to store shelves, and this year, Hot Cocoa Kisses joined the party. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Flavors have included New York Cheesecake, Green Tea, Crème de Menthe, and — of course — Pumpkin Spice. One teen's painstaking collection lists close to 60 varieties, with a half-dozen still yet to be acquired.