Since their debut in 1907, Hershey Kisses have been packing a lot of sweetness in one tiny aluminum foil-covered package. Available in a number of varieties, including caramel filled, almond, milk, white and dark chocolate, you may have trouble deciding which combination is your favorite. Distinctive in look and bold in taste, the popular chocolate candy takes on a new life when used in children's craft projects and wedding ceremonies worldwide. With or without their signature paper plumes, Hershey Kisses can be wrapped in cellophane, glued together and embellished to create unique party favors and gifts.
Inspiring Ideas You Can Try at Home
Hershey's website and a number of children's crafting pages online suggest making your own take on these adorable crafts. Easy to create and ready in a short time, the whole family can pitch in and help create centerpieces, party favors and gifts for everyone attending your next big celebration. Some ideas for you to try are:
Wrap Hershey Kisses "roses" in pink and red cellophane and use them as conversation pieces at weddings and on Valentine's Day. Attach the candies to craft wire covered in florist tape and add fake leaves. Once assembled, arrange the flowers to form a bouquet that can be unwrapped and eaten after the celebration.
Make Hershey Kisses Mice by joining two candies together with confectioner's glue and use bits of felt and ribbon to form the nose, ears and tail of the candy creature. Glue plastic googly eyes to the front of the wrapper to help to make the party favor look more realistic.
Place three candy kisses on a plastic spoon. Wrap the sweets in colored netting and tie shut with matching ribbon. Stir into a cup of coffee or hot chocolate after being removed from their wrapper and watch the bits of chocolate melt to add extra sweetness to warm beverages. This Spoonful of Kisses makes a tasty winter treat.
Helpful Supplies to Have on Hand When Creating Decorations, Favors or Gifts
Create edible crafts by keeping a few essential items in your tool kit. Include a sharp pair of scissors or wire trimmers to help cut crafting wire down to size. Purchase a bottle of non-toxic or confectioner's glue and use it to attach various components to the outside of the Hershey Kisses foil wrappers.
Embellish craft projects with scraps of fabric, lace, ribbon and felt. Wrap colored cellophane around the candies and shape it accordingly. Use the durable plastic wrap to protect the candies sealed inside of it and to form rosebuds or Christmas lights. The idea behind this type of craft is to preserve the chocolates in a fun way until they are ready to be eaten.
Shortcuts That Will Save You Time When Making Kissable Crafts
Pre-assemble items before putting the finishing touches on them. Cut out all pieces of felt, ribbon or lace and set them aside. Glue these items on assembly line style before completing the craft. Make sure that you have enough candies on hand to complete the project.
Enlist the help of a family member or friend. Give her a specific task to complete like gluing on plastic googly eyes on Hershey Kisses Mice. Once all the items are finished, store them in a cool place where they will not melt.
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