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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Birthday Kiss...

What can you do with a kiss, a Hershey's Kiss that is? Can you think of a better way to celebrate the birthday of Hershey Kisses than by playing with them? Oh, you can, can you. Well then, I for one would love to hear your thoughts. You see, I LOVE Hershey Kisses! You may believe I divulge this morsel of truth today because, it was 102 years ago to the day that Milton Snavely Hershey had the idea to disguise those love bite pieces of chocolate in shiny silver coats of foil. Perhaps, but there's another reason. You see, I LOVE Hershey Kisses.
Many regular visitors to this blog are aware of the fact that I travel back and forth to Pennsylvania pretty regularly. They also know I usually follow the same routine. What they don't know, is I have my own supply of Hershey Kisses with me every single time I make the trip! Yes Sir Ree, I have my own portable Hershey's Chocolate Factory at my disposal with a flick of the wrist. Wanna see?

How cool is that??? I'll give you a peek into the factory windows if you recite after me; Louise LOVES Hershey Kisses!!!

Perhaps the most popular candy in the world, Hershey Kisses celebrated their centennial in 2007 with lots of "Loves & Kisses" by way of a postage stamp issued by The United States Postal Service.

Let's see, what else can you do with a Hershey's Kiss? It is summer after all, I suppose one could celebrate in Hershey, Pennsylvania where the streets are lined with streetlights shaped like Hershey Kisses. I only live about 3 hours away from Hershey when I am in PA.

Here are a few "crafty" things you can do with a Kiss.

Hershey's Kisses Kritters
Take the Hershey "Math" test over @ Granny Mountain. It's FUN!!!
Gabriela's Mice Kisses
Edible Halloween Witches Hats
Marshmallow Snowmen

Look what I found over @ Slashfood where I also found a few other inviting recipes to help celebrate the Kisse's Birthday. Having a BBQ? I made Hershey's Chocolate Barbecue Sauce.

Here are a few more cooking things you can do with a Hershey's Kiss.

Krispie Kisses
Chocolate Cherry Kisses
Win a Night at the Museum Sweepstakes (ends October, 2009)
Meringue Kisses with Passion Fruit Fool ("yields a light, crispy cookie that won't make you feel guilty.")
Meringue & Chocolate Kisses
Hugs & Chocolate Kisses

Did You Know?
95 Kisses =1lb. chocolate AND The name of the paper coming out of every Kiss is called a plume. So, If there are 95 Kisses in 1 pound of chocolate, How much would a single Hershey Kiss weigh in milligrams if 1 pound is to 2.2 kg? Did you know the answer? Have a Kiss below. Give up? Answer.

FYI: July 7th is also the "birthday" of Sliced Bread! Read all about it @ Tasteful Inventions. Friday I'll be serving up some watermelon dishes for Watermelon Month! Not only are they refreshing, they are adorable too!!!

Resources
1. 100 years A Kiss to Build a Dream On, Hershey's Kiss Turns 100
2. Hershey's Chocolate Barbecue Sauce @ Slashfood
3. The Hershey Insider (blog that keeps up with all things Hershey
4. Hershey's Kiss @ wiki
5. Zoe's Hershey Kiss Collection