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A03737
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1030
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY MEHAFFIE, KIM, CIRESI, CONKLIN, FLEMING, GERGELY,
HILL-EVANS, KERWIN, NEILSON, PASHINSKI, PICKETT, ROZZI,
SANCHEZ, WARREN AND ZIMMERMAN, MAY 19, 2023
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, MAY 19, 2023
AN ACT
Designating Hershey's Kisses as the official State candy of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Findings and declarations.
The General Assembly finds and declares as follows:
(1) The ship on the official Commonwealth flag
represents commerce from all over the world, and The Hershey
Company, commonly known as Hershey's, offers its candy
products for sale in approximately 85 countries.
(2) Hershey's Kisses are one of the most iconic
chocolate products ever created by Hershey's and one of the
most recognized and beloved chocolate products around the
world.
(3) Each day, more than 70,000,000 Hershey's Kisses are
produced in Hershey.
(4) Hershey's supports many aspects of this
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Commonwealth's economy, including supporting this
Commonwealth's proud dairy industry for more than 125 years
through the company's use of fresh dairy milk that surrounds
the company's chocolate factories.
(5) Hershey's Kisses are one of the most popular
packaged candy products for Valentine's Day, which is a day
when many residents of this Commonwealth express admiration
by gifting Hershey's Kisses to their loved ones.
(6) Since 1907, Hershey's Kisses are the original
individually wrapped and portion-controlled chocolate
confection, which allows consumers to enjoy the treat at any
time.
(7) The mission at Hershey's to "bring more moments of
goodness to the world" has a positive impact on individuals
and communities around the world.
(8) Hershey's Kisses represent the official State
nickname of the Commonwealth, "The Keystone State," because
the candy's popularity acts as a keystone by providing
family-sustaining jobs to residents of this Commonwealth.
(9) The globally beloved legacy of Milton Hershey and
the products he created transformed Hershey into a tourist
destination for visitors from around the world.
(10) During the time when "kiss" was a common word for a
small piece of candy in 1923, Mr. Hershey had the genius idea
to trademark the term "Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses,"
which made the candy one of the most distinctive products
around the world.
(11) Today, there are many different varieties of
Hershey's Kisses that satisfy a variety of different flavor
preferences and expectations of consumers in this
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Commonwealth.
Section 2. Official State candy.
Hershey's Kisses are hereby designated as the official State
candy of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Section 2.1. Expiration.
This act shall expire five years from the effective date of
this section.
Section 3. Effective date.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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