No kiss is sweeter than the chocolatey Hershey’s Kiss. This mouth-sized morsel was first introduced in 1907 and turned 100 in July of this year! While it is uncertain how the Kiss got its name, some believe it stems from the sounds that emanated from the manufacturing process as the small drops of sweet milk chocolate were created.
In the beginning, Hershey’s Kisses were individually hand-wrapped in a silver foil, but by 1921 machines were invented that could automatically wrap greater numbers of the popular treat. Production halted from 1942 to 1949, however, due to the rationing of silver foil during and after World War II.
Since that time, Hershey Kisses have been wrapped in varied colors of foils and have been introduced with different flavor combinations! In 1990 Kisses with almonds became popular followed by Hershey’s Hugs (with white chocolate) in 1993. Ten years later later a caramel variation joined the Hershey Kisses line-up.
Today Hershey makes more than 80 million Kisses every day at its chocolate factories in Pennsylvania, California, and Virginia. And, according to company research, “if stranded on a desert island, more than half of Americans surveyed would rather have an unlimited supply of Hershey’s Kisses Brand Special Dark Chocolates than their favorite book!”
For more fun facts on the Hershey’s Kiss, visit the Hershey’s web site for this informative slide show.
If you haven’t taken the children to see “Polar Express” yet, there’s still time. The holiday movie is showing at the Maritime Aquarium IMAX in Norwalk through January 3.
Based on the 1986 Caldecott Award-winning book, the animated film follows a young boy as he boards a magical train taking him and other children to Santa’s North Pole headquarters. Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks provides the voice for the mysterious train conductor as well as four other characters. “Polar Express” also features the music of Josh Groban and the Academy Award nominated song, “Believe.” And, viewed in 3D IMAX, it’s said you’ll feel as you if can “reach out and touch the snowflakes!”
For show times visit the Maritime Aquarium website. And for more details on the movie or the book visit Warner Brother’s Polar Express site.
Your favorite candies can do double-duty during the holidays when you consider candy crafts for fun, seasonal activities with the kids! It’s easy with these tips from Martha Stewart.
Work your magic by turning a simple candy cane into a whimsical reindeer. Martha’s How To guide includes a downloadable template. All you need are a few craft materials including felt, craft pom-poms and floral wire, plus household supplies like a new canadian meds pencil and scissors.
For décor or a gift with nostalgic appeal, you might also create candy-counter-style jars. Just clean and fill an old jelly jar with your favorite candy (like gum drops or jelly beans). Layer the candies to form patterns, and then adorn each jar following a few of Martha Stewart’s suggestions.
So come on and explore your creative side! And rediscover how much fun a homespun holiday can be!
Are you a whiz kid when it comes to Whoppers? Savvy about suckers? Or a brain on the topic of bubble gum? Just how much do you know when it comes to the confections we all know and love?
Now you can challenge your candy knowledge with the American Girl Candy Quiz. See if you’ve got the right answers to eight candy questions. And expect some surprising answers as you learn the true history behind some of your favorite treats!
Before you start, make sure you have the Flash 6.0 or later plug-in. It’s free and easy to download. Then, get ready for some good, sweet fun that the whole family can enjoy!
And speaking of American girl dolls, don’t forget that you can submit ballots to win Samantha in our drawing until December 18th…come to the store and go for it!
Did you know that Christopher Columbus introduced Europe to the cocoa bean? Or that, more recently, chocolate has been taken into space as part of the diet of U.S. Astronauts? It’s all true and part of the fascinating history of chocolate.
According to the experts at Candy USA, “The story of chocolate, as far back as we know it, begins more than 2000 years ago in equatorial Central America.” Back then, Mayan Indians first created a beverage from crushed cocoa beans which came from the cacao plant. And for the Aztecs, cocoa beans were a form of currency as well as a chocolaty drink.
Cortes was probably the first “westerner” to realize the potential of cocoa and introduced a sweetened version to Spain in the 1500s. From there, a love for chocolate spread across Europe where it was enjoyed as “a delicious, health-giving drink.”
It wasn’t until the 19th century that chocolate began to be enjoyed as we know it today, as a candy created by combining melted cocoa butter with sugar and cocoa powder. But we’ve made up for lost time! During WWII, chocolate candy was supplied to the Allied Armed Forces, giving “them the energy to carry on until more food rations could be obtained.” And, with the dawning of the space age, chocolate was sent into orbit as a part of the diet of American astronauts.
One thing’s certain: as America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is in our future as well as our history!