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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 22, 2023 11:42 AM
From: Representative Thomas L. Mehaffie, III and Rep. Patty Kim
To: All House members
Subject: Hershey Kiss Legislation
 
In the near future, Representative Patty Kim and I will introduce legislation to name Hershey’s Kisses the state candy.

Hershey’s Kisses are an iconic product first produced in central Pennsylvania in 1907. Recognizable worldwide, the Kiss does more than satisfy cravings for chocolate. Milton Hershey used the Kiss as the foundation for a product line and manufacturing process that strengthened the region’s economy in unparalleled ways. The Hershey Co. today employs almost 19,000 people. The philanthropic generosity of Milton and Catherine Hershey has long supported and educated young people when they are most vulnerable.

Hershey’s Kisses are on the lampposts in Derry Township to recognize the candy’s importance to both the community and Commonwealth. With those lights as its backdrop, The Hershey Co. uses fresh milk from Pennsylvania dairy farms when producing 70 million aluminum-wrapped, teardrop-shaped Kisses a day.
 
The official symbols of the Commonwealth are important because they help to differentiate our state from others. Most states have an official state dog, tree and flower, etc., to show what is important to that state.
 
We believe that denoting Hershey’s Kisses as the state candy will not only bring more attention to our state, but also commemorate a company and candy that has forever impacted our state’s economy and values.
 
Please join us in cosponsoring this legislation.
 



Introduced as HB1030