Celebrating Valentine’s Day With Love & Kisses

SingleIssued in 2007, the 39-cent With Love and Kisses stamp features an illustration of an iconic Hershey’s Kiss. The popular chocolates, according to Hershey’s official history, were introduced in 1907:

“It’s not known exactly how they received their name, but a popular theory is that the candy was named for the sound or motion of the chocolate being deposited during manufacturing.”

In the early 1920s, Hershey’s added the famous white plume to Kisses’ wrappers. (In 1924, founder Milton S. Hershey patented the feature, which has become synonymous with the candies.) Over the years, Hershey’s hasn’t been afraid to innovate. In the 1960s, the company introduced colorfully wrapped Kisses for autumn, Easter, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Then, in the 1990s and the early 2000s, the company debuted different flavor varieties of Kisses.

On Chocolate Avenue, a street in Hershey, Pennsylvania, that runs by the original Hershey’s chocolate factory, there are even streetlights shaped like Kisses!

What’s your favorite flavor of Hershey’s Kisses?