My mom has wanted to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania since forever. We finally were able to visit as a family of 5 in September of 2022.
Those Hershey Kiss streetlights REALLY are charming to see in person. And the factory is worth it. The tour on the old trolley also totally worth doing. We saw where the Reese’s peanut butter cup was invented, and you really get an appreciation for all the Hershey company does for this part of Pennsylvania.
Between museums, theme park visits, shooting pool in our Airbnb, and going out to dinner, we hit a thrift store in Hershey. This is late September so they had out their Halloween stuff and I saw this little guy, who in all my years as a Halloween fiend, I’d never seen before. The little orange Hershey’s Pumpkin Kiss candy dish! I thought maybe it was a local thing (I was in Hershey) and I knew I had to buy it (because… Hershey) and it was a DOLLAR.
It might be my favorite souvenir from the trip. So stinking cute. Anyway, it doesn’t seem like it was local to Pennsylvania. It is stamped copyright 1990 but I didn’t see them for sale until 1992. And when you purchased it new, it came jam packed with Hershey’s Kisses!
An ad for the pumpkin kiss candy dish in a Panama City, Florida newspaper, dated October 4, 1992.
Hershey’s Kiss Pumpkin candy dish ad from Ben Franklin, October 7, 1992. Frederick, Maryland.
Assembled the Hershey’s Pumpkin Kiss candy dish is about 5″ tall, orange plastic with stickers for the eyes and nose. The mouth is impressed into the plastic and has no stickering or color of any kind. The top of the pumpkin kiss simply pops off and back on to open and close the candy dish.