This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Hershey's Kisses, and in honor of the event, The U.S. Postal Service has released a With Love and Kisses stamp. So now you really can send off your letters with a kiss. The post office is also running a sweepstakes. All you have to do is guess how many Hershey®’s Kisses® Brand Chocolates will fit inside a U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail® flat-rate box. Submit your guess online at www.guessandwinsweeps.com before Feb. 15, and you could win $10,000 for a romantic getaway of your choice.
Hershey's Kisses have been around since 1907, when they were hand-wrapped. Can you imagine, wrapping all those little chocolates one at a time by hand? They finally got the whole thing automated in 1921, and with the exception of a brief period from 1942 to 1949 when silver foil was rationed during the war, we've been enjoying milk chocolate Kisses in pretty much the same shape and appearance for a whole century.
We can now enjoy Hershey's kisses in a variety of holiday wrapping. Kisses chocolates wrapped in red and silver foil were introduced in 1986 in honor of Valentine’s Day. At Christmas I always have red, green and gold kisses in a bowl, and added as filler to my gift baskets. And they come in a huge variety of fillings now - caramel, almond, macadamia nut, peanut butter, and even a limited edition cherry cordial. Check here for a full list from Hershey.
I enjoy the chocolate mint kisses, and I occasionally will go for a nut filled. But honestly, my all-time favorite is the plain old milk chocolate. I guess it reminds me of my gramma, who had a secret jar full of kisses on a shelf in the kitchen. When mom wasn't looking, she'd sneak that jar down and let us kids grab a handful and dash out the door. We felt like we were really getting away with something grand. The joy of stolen chocolate can't be beat.