Christmas 2016: Hershey’s Decorative Foil Holiday Kisses Exclusives!

Last year, Hershey’s started having fun with their seasonal Kisses by adding decorative foils to their already bountiful lineup of specialty holiday flavors.  Christmas 2016 saw the release of four different packs, each one exclusive to a different retail chain, making for a fun candy hunt.  Make the jump to check them out!

I love specialty flavor seasonal releases of classic products, and over the years Hershey’s has given us a plethora of fun, limited edition Hershey Kisses flavors to sample.  But starting in 2016 (after a Christmas 2015 test run), they’ve added “decorative foils” to their holiday mix.  By that, these are classic milk chocolate Hershey Kisses featuring fun, holiday-themed foil wrappers (more than just the holiday colors, which they’ve been doing for decades).  I previously covered one of these with their 2016 Halloween “Spooky Kisses” release.  These decorative foils Kisses provide a classic treat with the added fun of seasonally-specific packaging, making for a win-win in my book.

So, after an initial 2015 test run last year where Target received “Santa Hat” Kisses as an exclusive, the 2016 holiday season has three new decorative foil packages landing as retailer exclusives, with the Santa Hat Kisses returning to Target.   Let’s check them out!

First up, here are the Target-exclusive Santa Hat Kisses.  I actually picked these up last year, but they return for the 2016 holiday season unchanged and still exclusive to Target stores:

Hershey’s Kisses – Santa Hat decorative holiday foils – Target Exclusive – 11oz Christmas candy package – December 2015-2016

These Santa Hat Kisses really showcase the fun that can be had with decorative foils and I love the design of the outer package, featuring the Kisses on Santa’s sleigh.  Here’s a look at the a couple of the foils flattened, as well as the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” flags unique to these:

Hershey’s Kisses – Santa Hat decorative holiday foils – Target Exclusive – foil and flag scans – December 2016

With Target once again getting the Santa Hat Kisses exclusive for 2016, it’s time to move onto the other three retailer exclusives that were available this holiday season.

First up is a lovely “Kissmas Gift” decorative foil Kisses package that was exclusive to the CVS chain:

Hershey’s Kisses – Kissmas Gift decorative holiday foils – CVS Exclusive – 11oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

And the foils and flags.  I particularly like these as they really could be classic Christmas wrapping paper, foil and all:

Hershey’s Kisses – Kissmas Gift decorative holiday foils – CVS Exclusive – foil and flag scans – December 2016

Next up is the exclusive found only in Kroger (and Kroger-affiliated) stores; Kissmas Tree Kisses:

Hershey’s Kisses – Kissmas Tree decorative holiday foils – Kroger Exclusive – 11oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

How gorgeous is that package?  I love it!  And here are the foils and flags!

Hershey’s Kisses – Kissmas Trees decorative holiday foils – Kroger Exclusive – foil and flag scans – December 2016

Finally here is the last of the four retailer exclusive decorative foil Kisses.  This time Hershey invokes the popular tradition of Christmas sweaters with their Walmart-exclusive Kissmas Sweater edition (maybe next year we’ll get an “ugly sweater” version!):

Hershey’s Kisses – Kissmas Sweater decorative holiday foils – Walmart Exclusive – 11oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

Having the Kisses on the package sharing a hot cocoa is a great touch.  Here are the Kissmas Sweater decorative foil and flag scans:

Hershey’s Kisses – Kissmas Sweaters decorative holiday foils – Walmart Exclusive – foil and flag scans – December 2016

So that’s all of the wonderful new Hershey’s Kisses decorative foil editions for Christmas 2016!  I hope that this new seasonal packaging offering from Hershey’s becomes a holiday tradition for them, and I hope they will find ways to creatively bring us new looks as the years go on.

Since the topic is Christmas Kisses, I decided to include a few other holiday Kisses packages I picked up that have more standard holiday foils.  So before I wrap up this post, here’s a look at those!

Hershey’s Kisses – Almonds – 8 oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

Hershey’s Kisses – Caramel – 10 oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

Hershey’s Kisses – Hugs – 8_5 oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

Hershey’s Kisses – Mint Truffle – 10 oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

Hershey’s Kisses – Special Dark – 8_5 oz Christmas candy package – December 2016

As you can see, there’s no shortage of appealing Hershey’s Kisses product served up specifically for the Christmas holiday season.  It’s been a lot of fun  tracking them all down and being able to appreciate the packaging and wrappers, but it’s even more fun to unwrap them to enjoy and share.

One of my personal favorite things for the holidays are Hershey’s Kisses on peanut butter cookies (aka Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossoms cookies) – there’s simply nothing better IMO.

And with that, I’ll wrap up this after-the-fact holiday post.  Happy New Year everyone, I hope 2017 is a wonderful one for you all!  See you next time!

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others.

Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books.

Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com.

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