Friday, December 4, 2009

Cooking with Kisses

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Hershey's


When we pulled into the driveway we noticed a package on the front porch steps.

No one was expecting anything.

“What could that be,” K asked.

It was addressed to me and the return address was an unrecognizable one in Pennsylvania.

Puzzled, I took the package to my office and opened it.

Inside, there were six bags of Hershey’s kisses and nothing else -- no note, nothing, just the kisses.

A wide grin spread across my face.

I felt as though I had won some sort of secretly wonderful (and slightly evil) lottery.

[Slightly evil because lately I’ve been feeling like Madame Fatty McFatSoMuch.]

I was about to skip gleefully to my husband’s side, present the bounty and suggest we eat chocolate for dinner (Fatty McWho?) when I vaguely remembered Blogher asking me if I would try out a few recipes that called for Hershey’s kisses.

[All I heard was, "Would you... CHOCOLATE?" and I accepted!]

Later that night, the details came by e-mail.

I was to visit the Hershey’s KISSES baking website, pick three recipes and try them.

[I am much better at eating chocolate than I am at baking, but I did agree to try.]

At first I reviewed the recipe choices with my children and husband in mind, wondering what they might like.

After a few moments of this familial altruism, I settled on a few recipes that sounded good to ME.

K is usually the holiday baker in The House of Joy and I'll admit that he makes fabulous apple pie.

The thing is, apple pies are good but they are not chocolate -- and as my late Grandfather often said, "If it ain't chocolate, it ain't dessert!"

I chose to make KISSES HUGS & KISSES Crescents, KISSES Macaroon Cookies and KISSES Candy Twists.

I should warn you in advance that I am one of those cooks who knows better than any recipe.

My cooking motto is:

“I Don’t Have to Follow ALL the Directions if I Don’t Want To.”

[It doesn’t always work in my favor, but it makes me feel IN CHARGE OF THINGS -- and that's what is important.]

As my first feat of KISSES Baking, I made the KISSES Candy Twists because I was thinking of last Christmas when I made an enormous batch of chocolate covered pretzels to give as gifts.

[You know I ate all of those pretzels, right?]

[Did I mention about Madame Fatty McFatSoMuch?]

Back to the Kisses.

Hershey’s sent me three kinds of Kisses chocolate.

There were two bags each of the regular milk chocolate kind; the chocolate meltaways; and the candy cane kind.

I had never seen the meltaway kisses before and I was wary of them because the bag says “velvety smooth chocolate center” and I assumed that meant that the center would be GOOEY which I generally don’t like.

Madame Fatty McFatSoMuch convinced me to try one anyway and... Oh. My. Word.

Meltaway KISSES are not gooey. No, no, no.

The are the bourgeois of the KISSES genotype.

They are the elite KISSES, the Hollywood red carpet walkin' KISSES.

They are the KISSES all the other KISSES want to be.

[And they must be removed from my house at once! Someone come get them now. Help me, please!!!]

The candy cane ones are minty with a white chocolate-ish base and because I am not a fan of white chocolate, I feel it is unfair for me to judge these KISSES.

You will have to try them for yourselves.

ANYWAY...

I laid the pretzels on a cookie sheet, melted one KISS on the top of each, decorated them and let them cool.

People, what’s not to like?

Pretzels + chocolate = home run.

I made some of these using the Candy Cane KISSES and they were DELICIOUS.

(You should know that the candy cane kisses melt faster than the chocolate ones, so cut the melting time in half if you do this.)

Next I tackled the KISSES Macaroon Cookies.

The recipe called for almond extract, but I didn’t have any so I used vanilla extract instead because... well because the rules of baking do not apply to ME.


[And also it made sense to me because I don't like hazelnut flavored coffee.]

[And if that line of thinking doesn’t make perfect sense to YOU, then you might want to take an Ibuprofen before reading on.]

It was only after I finished the actual baking that the macaroon recipe was supposed to yield four dozen cookies.

I made seventeen.

[No wonder my jeans are getting tight.]

I turned my attention to the KISSES HUGS & KISSES Crescents.

My husband did the grocery shopping and when I pulled out the tube-o-dough I discovered that he bought crescent ROUNDS rather than crescent rolls.

I stared at the coiled "rounds" noodling about how something shaped like a cinnamon bun could be retooled to approximate a French, chocolate-filled croissant.

I unrolled the crescent rounds into long strips and wrapped them around and around the KISSES.

I ended up with a cookie sheet full of what looked like little doughy Volkswagen Beetles.

[Nothing can stop this intrepid baker when she brings out the Fahrvergn├╝gen!]

The HUGS & KISSES Volkswagen Beetles came out of the oven as perfectly lovely little brown rolls filled with chocolaty goodness.

Faced with 17 macaroon cookies, eight chocolate filled rolls and a pile of chocolate covered pretzels, I was thankful we had been invited to dinner at a friend's house -- five adults and five children put a mighty respectable dent in that chocolaty stash.

Whether or not these KISSES recipes become a permanent part of our holiday tradition, I can tell you one thing for certain - locating me will be easy this holiday season - just follow the trail of festive foil wrappers leading away from the bag of KISSES.

... And now for a contest...

You are invited to participate in the Hershey's Holiday Traditions contest.

You can win a $100 Visa gift card!

To enter, leave me a comment below about your favorite holiday traditions or holiday recipes.

Make sure to leave me an e-mail address where you can be contacted.

Contest Rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments. You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail. You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Please see the official rules here: Hershey's Holiday website.

You have eight chances to win!

Visit the BlogHer.com special offers page and check out / comment on the other reviews.

The contest will be open from December 4th to December 31st.

Finally, I leave you with a bonafide Holiday Tradition Recipe from the House of Joy... my Granny's Chocolate Pie recipe.

Enjoy!


GRANNY’S CHOCOLATE PIE

Pie crust
(This makes enough for 4 single pie crusts.)

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 1/2 teas. salt
  • 1cup of shortening (I use Crisco)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teas. vinegar

    Beat 1 egg and add 1 teas. vinegar.

    Combine with 1/2 cup ICE water.

    Cut shortening into flour until the consistency is like coarse cornmeal.

    Add the rest and mix until the dough holds it's shape.

    Granny usually covered it with a damp cloth and put it in refrigerator overnight, making it much easier to work with.

    Chocolate Pie Filling
    • 3 tablespoons of cocoa
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 2 eggs (beat before adding)
    • 1/4 cup of flour
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 1/4 cup of melted butter
    • 1 teas. vanilla
    Mix and beat all ingredients except the butter.

    Add that last.

    Bake 10 min. at 400 degrees and then 20 min. at 350 or until pie is almost set.

    Do NOT bake until firm.

    193 comments:

    Edee said...

    Our kids stay with one of their grandmas the day after Thanksgiving so that we can set the Christmas tree up and get the lights on it. I love watching the kids come home "to Christmas" and go through the huge tub of ornaments the next day to do the decorating. It is so much fun remembering where/from whom/when we acquired each ornament.

    Magpie said...

    My mother always put out bowls of the red/green M&Ms, and the red/green/silver wrapped Hershey's Kisses. Guess I need to do that this year.

    Marmite Breath said...

    This tradition makes no sense, but while we're "trimming up" for the holidays, we listen to "My Name is Barbra" by (who else?)Barbra Streisand and also a really cheesy mix CD of 80's British Christmas Hits that I grew up listening to.

    Also I want to incorporate as many chocolate related traditions as possible. Mmmmm, chocolate!

    witchypoo said...

    I like to put out greenery in large bowls with glass ornaments.

    Jenn said...

    This is our son's first Christmas so we're starting some new traditions this year, but one thing we try to do is get a personalized tree ornament for everyone in the family with the year on it. I always have fun searching online for the perfect ones to get.

    Dan said...

    My favorite recipe is for peanut butter cookies with the Hershey's Kiss stuck in the middle. Great stuff. It is what I look forward to every Christmas.

    Ashley said...

    I know a lot of people do this, but as children we were always allowed to open one present on Christmas Eve, and it was always a new pair of holiday pajamas that we would wear all day on Christmas. Even though we knew what we were getting, it was still exciting. My little boy is almost one, and this is his first Christmas. I think I will keep the tradition going!

    Oh, and I also love the peanut butter cookies with the chocolate kisses. Soooo gooood.

    MamaDrama said...

    We make a trip downtown to ride the holiday carousel, complete with a visit to the fancy gingerbread house display and a big hot cocoa treat. We also make special sugar cookies for Santa and decorate them on Christmas Eve.

    Barb @ getupandplay said...

    We are starting a new tradition this year of opening our Christmas jammies on the night we decorate our Christmas tree!

    Cindy said...

    I love driving around looking at lights on Christmas eve.

    Mami2jcn said...

    As children my husband and I always opened gifts on Christmas Eve, not Christmas Day. We're continuing that tradition with our children.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

    Mami2jcn said...

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    Emily said...

    My favorite family Christmas tradition is eating Mexican food for dinner on Christmas Eve while wearing Christmas pajamas. Specifically we have chicken tortilla soup, taco salad, tamales, and of course chips & salsa. It is the perfect meal because it can all be made ahead of time. This way, we all get back from the Christmas Eve service, get comfy & festive in our PJs, and dinner is ready without any fuss! We do this with the whole family – aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, great grand kids- about 25 of us. As a result any time I eat tamales I always feel like it’s Christmas!

    Jenny said...

    We are starting a tradition with our kids to give baby Jesus at present. We are going to give back to others instead of the focus being on just the stuff we get. I can't wait! It feels so good to help others in need and i want my kids to experience that.

    Jenny
    jennyhasquads (at) yahoodotcom

    Susan said...

    I love chocolate dipped stuff at Christmastime...pretzles, oreos, ritz, peanut butter balls, etc....!

    Linda V said...

    Making the powdered sugar, chocolate filled thumbprints that my family has been making as long as I can remember.

    Deanna G. said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is making Latkes in the morning on the first day of Hannukah! With lots of powdered sugar on top :)

    calidreamin87 (at) gmail (dot) com

    Deanna G. said...

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    Carroll said...

    I actually use Hershey "Hugs" to make "Hug Cookies" (my own invention, but I bet others have created something similar). Put a bunch of the little Swiss Almond cookies they sell at Trader Joes (or any similar small cookie ((no bigger than a vanilla wafer)) would work) flat side up on a cookie sheet. Plop an unwrapped "Hug", flat side down, on each one and heat in a slow oven (around 200) until the Hug gets soft (but not melty) Remove from oven and top immediately with another cookie (flat side down) pressing gently until the hug makes a nice even filling between the two cookies. Yummmmm!

    (Sadly, these will *not* help with the FattyMcFatSoMuch issues!)

    Beverly said...

    One of my most favorite current holiday traditions is Christmas morning with my boss's family. It used to be Christmas Eve and Christmas morning but the 'children' are now in college so it's Christmas breakfast every year. I love those 'kids' and breakfast with my 'family'.

    Beverly
    bevwalks@aol.com

    Trenches of Mommyhood said...

    My sister and I have a holiday tradition called Baking Day. We get together in one of our kitchens (hers this year b/c she just moved and now has a huDge kitchen) and make batches of fudge, peanut brittle, cheeseballs, and pb cup cookies for our co-workers, neighbors, etc. Last year Sis burned her hand on the peanut brittle, so this year our goal is to escape w/o second degree burns!

    Melinda said...

    my fav tradition is baking!!!

    mjf926 at gmail dot com

    Lani said...

    my favorite holiday tradition currently is Christmas cards! Believe it or not! I LOVE gathering all the addresses and getting the cards together to get out to friends and family. I also love getting all those cute cards too!!!
    lw4photos@gmail.com

    Amanda said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking with my husband and our girls. We make several different kinds of treats and then hand a bunch of them out to neighbors. It's so much fun!

    Mindy said...

    Awesome !

    I like the tradition of playing White Elephant with my family. :)

    FunnyGal KAT said...

    I LOVE those peppermint Kisses (it helps that I LOVE white chocolate). I've been searching for a recipe to make with those, instead of just sitting on the couch and inhaling the entire bag by myself!

    My favorite holiday recipe is the classic: those peanut butter cookies with the Hershey's Kisses on top.

    Anne said...

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is going to the Festival of Trees during the first week of December every year here in Utah. All of the proceeds from the event are donated to Primary Childrens Hospital. And I love buying fudge and seeing all the creatively decorated trees. SO FUN!

    anne(at)floralshowers(dot)com

    Anne said...

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    Anne said...

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    Deb said...

    I loved baking cookies with my grandmother. It was religion. She floored up the rolling pin and fit her old Danish aluminum cookie cutters into the dough with only tiny bits left over from each slap of gingerbread or sugar cookie dough. Sweet memories.

    haydensmommy05 said...

    I love driving around with christmas music playing and looking at house all lit up with lights every year we do this and its cheap and fun!!
    Haydensmommy05@hotmail.com

    haydensmommy05 said...

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    kimmie said...

    My mom would always bake baklava during Christmas to bring to holiday potlucks, and it was (and is!) my favorite dessert! :)

    kimkchang at gmail dot com

    missris said...

    I love baking with my family. Every year on Christmas Eve we make gingerbread men--although it has devolved into "make your own weird and wacky animals and shapes out of gingerbread." Still, it is delicious and festive!

    Annette D said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is that we always attend the midnight Christmas Eve service at our Church and then go home and open a single gift of our choosing.
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

    Jennifer said...

    My favorite tradition is the new PJ’s on Christmas Eve - I usually get my kids each two new pairs, but one must be footie pajamas (and matching is a bonus) and the footies are the ones I have them open to sleep in on Christmas Eve. Love it!

    Artistic Cook said...

    My favorite tradition is making a gingerbread house :)

    JennaG said...

    Tradtions are: watching White Christmas, blueberry pancakes on Christmas morning, a big turkey dinner, and three gifts for each child representing the three gifts brought to Jesus.

    TJ said...

    My favorite Christmas tradition is probably a little unique to our family, but we all like to try to be the first to yell “YOU RUINED CHRISTMAS” at someone else, like for unwrapping a present incorrectly or taking a bathroom break in the middle of present opening.

    Binkytowne said...

    I love making spritz cookies with the food coloring and the cookie gun (sounds so harsh, but I don't remember what it's called?) Peanut butter cookies with the kisses in the middle are a close second..

    Greg said...

    YUMMY!!

    greglee87@gmail.com

    Karina said...

    i just love making holiday treats.

    karina@ussery.net

    MFA said...

    Ooooo! Those sound SO good. My favorite holiday recipe actually involves Hershey's Kisses too...you make your usual peanut butter cookie dough (I could tell you my recipe but then I'd have to kill you) or buy some pre-made, then shape little "Kisses Volcanos" with the kisses surrounded by cookie dough and mmm...they're ready to come out of the oven when they start to "erupt" (trade secret: this keeps your childrens' eyes glued to the oven window while you wrap presents)!

    MFA said...

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    C Mac said...

    Yes my little ones still love their peanut butter cookies with an Hershey kiss in the middle. Ok they may not be so little anymore. Especially since they have given me Grandchildren!

    Catrisha T said...

    My favorite family tradition that I did when I was little and still do as an adult and my son will do this year as it's the first year he's old enough is done on Christmas Eve's Eve. All the women and children on my mom's side of the family get together and bake dozens of sugar cookies. The adults do icing when they are done usually and the children do the candy decorating on top them. Then after sampling a few, and placing some on a platter for the family gathering the next day, we all package up the rest of them and take them to the homeless shelter for those less fortunate than us for their Christmas dinner.

    catrisha{underscore}tittle{at}yahoo{dot}com

    Michele said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is setting up the Christmas tree has a family and while putting on the different ornaments we all share our memories of making them, etc. YAY! So excited about this contest.

    michelebweller@gmail.com

    Janet said...

    We always leave out some cookies for Santa at our house.

    Artistic Cook said...

    My favorite tradition is looking at all the Christmas lights in our neighborhood!

    artisticbaker at gmail dot com

    LStewart said...

    My favorite family tradition is getting up way before anyone else and making homemade sausage biscuits, stacking them on a plate, and wrapping the plate tightly with aluminum foil and then wrapping all of that up in a big heavy towel to keep them warm. Then I wake everyone up, we open gifts, then head off to the kitchen to have sausage biscuits for breakfast. We have coffee, hot chocolate, and OJ too!

    Kimberly said...

    Our tradition is letting the kids stay up as late as they like. kc@mominthecity.com

    Amber said...

    Our holiday tradition is baking cookies on Christmas Eve, and drinking hot cocoa while staying up late to watch holiday movies :)
    Thanks!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

    Amber said...

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    Wehaf said...

    I love watching "The Christmas Carol" on Christmas Eve.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

    Kelsey Kim said...

    Starting our own traditions is one of the best parts of having kids...we have many, like looking at christmas lights, going to our town's tree lighting, a boat show of Christmas lights at the bay, but my favorite is just getting cozy at home. A fire in the fireplace, kids in jammies, all of the Christmas decorations, and being together as a family. We love this time of year, and pondering our Savior's birth and all of the great blessings the past year has brought.
    Kelsey Kim
    www.courageousmother.blogspot.com

    Linda Carson Davies said...

    My favorite tradition is just one that my mother did for us as children that I have continued with my daughter. After she goes to bed and is asleep, I fill her stocking and place her extra special gift on her chair by the tree. I love to see her face on Christmas morning when she rounds the corner and takes her first look at that special present.

    Heather! said...

    My favorite family tradition is watching 'It's A Wonderful Life' on Christmas Eve. Always makes me feel warm and cozy inside! :)

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

    Robyn said...

    My favorite tradition is Christmas Eve church service and I love to start making breads.

    Becca said...

    I love peanut butter blossom cookies.. my favorite!

    ~*angelle*~ said...

    For the last quite a few years, I've been making buttery tree shaped cookies with my cookie press. They make me happy. And they help me really get into the Christmas mood. Yay!

    Mindy said...

    One of my favorite Thanksgiving or Christmas recipes is for Pecan Pie. There's nothing special about this particular recipe except that my husband raves about it, and that's pretty fine by me! I'll make anything for him when it gets me such nice compliments. joyful.too at gmail dot com

    L said...

    My favorite tradtion is watching Christmas Vacation and eating all the wonderful foods at parties and seeing great friend.

    Blazing Moon said...

    Every years since I was two (and I am now 37) I have attended "The Nutcracker" ballet with my dad. When each of my children reached the age of two, they were also included in this tradition. We've seen "The Nutcracker" in NYC, Washing D.C., seen the Russian Ballet, and also seen home town versions in small towns wherever we have lived. Now the kids, who are 19, 17, and 15 can't imagine christmas without it.
    Oh, and as for the chocolate, we have tiny chocolate rings on the tree every year. It wouldn't be christmas without those either!

    DG said...

    my favorite family tradition is going to church on Christmas Eve and coming back to watch It's a Wonderful Life!

    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

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    DG said...

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    eileen marie said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is exchanging ornaments with my new husband (a tradition carried on from my family). We are trying to build a nice collection for our "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree. :)

    budgles@juno.com

    Mindy said...

    Blogged

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    Tuesday Girl said...

    I love to make pumpkin cheesecake for Christmas, it is everyone's favorite!

    Lori A. said...

    Our Christmas tradition includes baking cookies on Christmas Eve (yes, really) to give to family we visit on Christmas Day, going to Mass that evening and then letting the kids open one present (new pj's). I also enjoy always spending Christmas morning at home. That's a must!
    ljatwood at gmail dot com

    Lori A. said...

    tweeted
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    Anna said...

    decorating the Xmas tree together with my family is my favorite tradition
    ann.altima at gmail dot com

    Emily N. said...

    We like to go see a movie together or watch a classic at home.

    Emily N. said...

    I tweeted
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    Martygrn said...

    Nothing says Christmas like cookies. We travel too much to carry all the decorations with us so we primarily celebrate Christmas by making lots of cookies.
    b.gister@earthlink.net

    M said...

    I want to start a tradition of making a gingerbread house with my kids! Gingerbread houses and candycandes say holidays to me

    bluegirl1423@gmail.com

    Houseonahillorg said...

    my favorite holiday tradition is sleeping in all day ~ alas I have not been able to do this for 25 years because now all I do is cook, wrap and clean - yay, holidays

    houseonahill at houseonahill.org

    Jessi said...

    Favorite snack/dessert recipe is the chocolate powder sugar chex mix stuff. SO YUMMY!

    jami said...

    One of my favorite silly things we do is watch White Christmas and sing along - especially with the "snow, snow, snow, snow!" song. Which we can't quite figure out the harmony of. And we're a family full of professional musicians. So yeah, pretty silly.

    Nancy said...

    My favorite holiday treat is homemade fudge from a recipe handed down from my great aunt. It takes quite a bit of time, but it is good!

    Missybeez said...

    When I was a kid we would have a christmas day brunch. I do that now with my children!
    honeybeez80@yahoo.com

    Jeanette Huston said...

    We have a holiday tradition called Christmas eve gift. We open 1 gift on Christmas eve.

    Jeanette Huston
    chewysmum79@yahoo.com

    Jeanette Huston said...

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    Jeanette Huston
    chewysmum79@yahoo.com

    Jeanette Huston said...

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    Princess Golden Hair said...

    my favorite holiday traditions always revolve around my kid's performances in the church and school choir. AMAZING

    teechbiz at gmail dot com

    Eryn at HomeSchooledYear.com said...

    My favorite recipe AND tradition is making my grandmother's gingerbread house recipe. Yummy AND fun!

    email is @gmail plus "homeschooledyear"

    Eryn at HomeSchooledYear.com said...

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    ccboobooy(charity) said...

    Favorite tradition is watching movies after Christmas dinner. It's like 45 people watching great movies. Thanks


    charisscharity at yahoo dot com

    ccboobooy(charity) said...

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    Carolyn G said...

    Our favorite holiday tradition is to make Christmas tamales. It takes days and we make tons to give away to family and friends.

    Carolyn G said...

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    Deb said...

    I used to love making popcorn balls and popcorn garland when I was a kid.

    Deb said...

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    Deb said...

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    sonotech63 said...

    I make a wreath out of Hersheys kisses. I use silver foiled ones as the background, use the red and green ones to make green bells on it and red ones for the ribbons. Ive been doing this for a few years. It was actually my sons idea. At first I thought I was wasting delicious kisses but then I realized that sometimes something so wonderful as kissses is meant to be viewed and not eaten. Dont worry, I always bought extra to eat.

    sonotech63 said...

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/sonotech63/status/7038414127

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    Julie said...

    Family members and close friends get together and make a day out of baking
    Christmas goodies, making handmade cards etc. We have a potluck also

    aunteegem@yahoo.com

    JC said...

    My favorite holiday traditions is the game night after get together dinner!

    JC said...

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    JC said...

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    victoria99 said...

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    Wendy said...

    I don't think I can tell you the recipe under punishment of disowning, but my mother's family makes fabulously unique anise seed sugar cookies. This year, I made them by myself (first time!) and succeeded in the other tradition of getting red and green sprinkles all over everything.

    rainmommy said...

    Going to see the lights at shore achers here on the sothern oregon coast!
    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

    rainmommy said...

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    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

    furygirl3132 said...

    Our favorite holiday tradition is one we just started a few years ago. My husband, two girls, and I love to open our presents Christmas morning and have a big family holiday breakfast together before the rest of the family arrives for the day. It gives us some great quality time together before the day gets busy. Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

    furygirl3132 said...

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/furygirl3132/status/7068622192

    Eloise
    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

    cheekyradish said...

    Blackberry Jam cake... my grandma made it EVERY year, as had her mother before her. My grandma's no longer with us, so I'm making it now!! Happy to share the recipe, if you'd like.

    Angela said...

    I always fill our centerpiece with Hershey kisses and Christmas eve we always get together with my large family of 70+ people. We have so much fun together!
    veniceangel@hotmail.com

    "Miss" Anita said...

    My favorite Christmas tradition is having homemade Mexican food for Christmas dinner! :)

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

    "Miss" Anita said...

    I blogged about this...

    http://anitamartin.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/hersheys-chocolate-kisses/

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

    "Miss" Anita said...

    I tweeted about this...

    http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/7080916060

    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

    Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

    My favorite holiday recipe has always been Hershey's Kiss cookies. They are just heavenly - especially right out of the oven when the chocolate is melted...mmmmmm!

    mandjregan at gmail dot com

    Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

    I tweeted your giveaway:
    http://twitter.com/EightyMPHMom/status/7081446859

    Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

    I blogged about your giveaway:
    http://www.eightymphmom.com/2009/12/link-em-up-thursday-giveaway-linky_23.html

    Simply Being Mommy said...

    My favorite tradition is baking cookies with the children for Santa.

    crystal_reagan at hotmail dot com

    Janet and Maya said...

    My favorite tradition is reading "The Night Before Christmas" and drinking egg nog.

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

    Janet and Maya said...

    I tweeted here http://twitter.com/janetmom2maya/status/7081931105

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

    Janet and Maya said...

    I blogged here http://giveawaysonblogs.blogspot.com/2009/11/december-giveaways.html

    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

    Missa said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is visiting family on Christmas Eve. I lucked out with my fiance, because my family always got together on Christmas Eve, and his on Christmas day...so there's never any juggling or arguing about who's going where!

    sweetmissa at gmail dot com

    Missa said...

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/hunniebee724/status/7096685036

    buzzd said...

    We get together and bake cookies then give them to friends and neighbors. It is fun and you make people happy

    Shawna said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is having a decorating the tree party which consists of eating the cookies we baked, drinking egg nog and listening to Christmas music while we dance around and decorate our Christmas tree.

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

    Shawna said...

    Tweeted
    http://twitter.com/ShawnaMichelle2/status/7117598121

    ShawnaMichelle@ymail.com

    Mnemonix said...

    My favorite tradition is eating (and now, trying to make) Mom's cinnamon coffee cake. Upon reflection as an adult, these are simply un-separated cinnamon rolls, but they are still delicious and something I look forward to every Christmas!

    danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Mnemonix said...

    Tweeted! http://twitter.com/chrisec/status/7128147122

    danunepthys(at)hotmail(dot)com

    miss_moneymaker said...

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is making sugar cutout cookies with my mom and then decorating them with colorful icings and sprinkles, and other goodies. Lots of fun and I continued the tradition with my kids, and now we do it with my grandkids!

    Happy Holidays!!

    sarahjd766 at yahoo dot com

    Rebecca Graham said...

    I like to make dated ornaments for the tree every Christmas.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

    Anne-Marie T said...

    We have pickled herring at Christmas and I love it.(norwegian tradition)

    Anne-Marie T said...

    Tweeted.
    http://twitter.com/amt946/status/7130595409

    miss_moneymaker said...

    Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/miss_moneymaker/status/7130964614

    sarahjd766 at yahoo dot com

    mamawj said...

    my favorite holiday reciepe is Taffy Apple Salad
    4 small apples, peeled and chopped (any kind)

    1 large can (14-16 ounces) crushed pineapple in unsweetened pineapple juice, undrained

    1 8 ounce tub of Fat Free Cool Whip

    1 box Fat Free, Sugar Free Butterscotch pudding

    4 ounces chopped walnuts

    1 snack size box of raisins

    Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!

    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

    mamawj said...

    my tweeted link
    http://twitter.com/itsallnew2me/status/7135755128
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

    Kristen said...

    My favorite holiday recipe is my mom's fudge! She uses the recipe on the back of the marshmellow creme jar.

    kstabler11@gmail.com

    Raesha D said...

    OHH how fun!! My absolute favorite Christmas recipe is Double decker fudge which is so easy it's ridiculous!!!
    And it's totally a Hershey's recipe:)
    http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipes/detail.asp?id=3289
    I found it in a magazine about 17 years ago and I've made it pretty much every Christmas since then:)

    Alison said...

    Our family favorite holiday cooking would have to be making lefse with grandma :-)

    nightowl said...

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is on Christmas Eve we drive around and visit some of our neighbors and bring them cookies.

    winit6@hotmail.com

    tiff snedaker said...

    Our favorite family tradition it dubbed "the basket" Each year we think of a family in need. Then we fill a basket with food, goodies, and all contribute some money to put in a card. (My parents and siblings.) We then drop the basket on the door and run, trying not to get caught. I remember years that we almost got caught. Now that we are all grown, we still carry out the tradition and it's just as fun and helps capture the true meaning of Christmas.

    snedfam at gmail dot com

    Stephanie Snowe said...

    We make lasagna on Christmas and it is so good. We also make some kind of birthday cake for Jesus and blow out the candles. :)

    Ann said...

    We love to eat Fried Turkey that has been injected with Cajun Seasonings! Yum, My dad's recipe is secret and is the best!

    Natasha Gwynn said...

    Even though we aren't Catholic, I love to go to Midnight Mass. With all the commercialism of Christmas, it reminds us of the true meaning. Then we come home and get to open one present each.

    Eileen said...

    My favorite HOliday tradition is to go to late church on Christmas Eve to sing CHristmas songs and pass the flame of a coandle to all the congregation. We then sing Silent Night. It always gives me chills.
    My favorite memory is of making treats with ny mom for the HOlidays and I have passed that onto my kids with making lots of candy trays to share. My personal favorite is Toffee, my kid are homemade caramels individually wrapped. They are old enough now to help and learn so they can pass it on!
    thanks so much!


    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

    Skinny Minnie said...

    Christmas tradition we love to hang the stockings up - they all match and are personalized. jtrophy at gmail dot com

    www.icoulduseadeal.blogspot.com

    Skinny Minnie said...

    tweeted http://twitter.com/jtrophy/status/7182237650 jtrophy at gmail dot com

    fashionfrugality said...

    One of my favorite holiday traditions is brunch at my parents house after we open up gifts. My mom always makes two amazing french toasts - stuffed french toast and baked french toast. I always leave feeling stuffed to the brim!
    kkondek at gmail.com

    fashionfrugality said...

    Tweet! http://twitter.com/ktkatherine/status/7182426705
    kkondek at gmail.com

    Andrea H said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies with my children for Santa on Christmas eve.

    Andrea H said...

    Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/simplyandreah/status/7182725516

    coriwestphal said...

    I make killer Peanut Butter Balls! Just peanut butter, powdered sugar and, of course, Hershey's chocolate. Super easy and soooo irresistible!

    coriwestphal said...

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/7183929111

    SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

    Favorite Holiday Recipes:
    Bananna Candy! It's been in our family for generations and we make it every Christmas!! It is super easy and delicious. It's a combo of bananna, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. It's super sweet, too!!

    SCMOMOF2BOYS said...

    My Tweet:
    http://twitter.com/SCMOMOF2BOYS/status/7172833336

    Shelley said...

    We always watch It's A Wonderful Life while we're decorating the Christmas tree.

    Lydia A. said...

    My favorite tradition is our Christmas party! We invite all of our aunts, uncles, cousins etc at our house, creating an awesome chaos of 70 people in our relatively small house! We even have a band playing Christmas music and we eat and dance at the same time! My dad sneaks off at some point and comes back dressed as Santa Claus, handing out gifts to everyone.

    Lydia A. said...

    tweet: http://twitter.com/princessla66/status/7187350763

    Ann said...

    My favorite tradition is to go site seeing at every Christmas decorated neighborhood; we’ve always drove around searching for the prettiest lit up houses and buildings. Always a treat to see in the night time.

    brownatural at gmail dot com

    Anne J said...

    My favorite holiday recipe is chocolate chip pumpkin bread. My kids love it, and it is their favorite part of christmas dinner.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

    Anne J said...

    I blogged
    http://lunaj1456.blogspot.com/2009/12/hersheys-giveaway.html

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

    Anne J said...

    I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/7198022503

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

    mamawj said...

    my blog post link to the contest thanks
    http://mamawjsmomentaway.blogspot.com/2009/12/hersheys-is-giving-away-100-visa-gift_30.html
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

    Jessica said...

    One of my favorite Christmas recipes is my mom's recipe for homemade mounds bars (more like almond joy without the almond because it uses milk chocolate). We made those every holiday season when I was child.

    My favorite tradition with my girls is making sugar cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve.

    Thank you for the chance to win.

    Jessica said...

    I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/girlygirlugh/status/7203171883

    girlygirlugh at gmail dot com

    Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

    Two of my favorite holiday recipes are Muddy Buddies and Snowball Cookies :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    theluckyladybug[at]gmail[dot]com

    Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

    Tweeted
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    Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

    Blogged
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    Eve said...

    My favorite holiday recipe is green bean casserole like my grandmother use to make it. It is a tradition to make it each year.

    shopgurl101@gmail.com

    Eve said...

    http://twitter.com/shopgurl/status/7221246267 tweet

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    Eve said...

    http://sweetqt.wordpress.com/2009/12/30/hersheys-giveaway/ blogged
    shopgurl101@gmail.com

    anthy said...

    My favorite holiday recipe is broccoli and chicken omelets with holinday sauce, and it's also a tradition since we have it every year as a family on Christmas morning. :-)

    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

    anthy said...

    I tweeted about the contest! http://twitter.com/my_twitraccount/status/7223568189

    anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

    icefairy said...

    My favorite tradition is our end of the year dinner/game party. Thanks for the giveaway and happy new year!

    Erin from Long Island said...

    My all time favorite thing to do during the holidays is putting up the tree. No matter where I am or who I am with, it always results in good conversation and a trip down memory lane.

    Erin from Long Island said...

    tweet

    http://twitter.com/erunuevo/status/7229574401

    Cheryl said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is making homemade hot coco and sitting on the couch in my robe while we watch the Macy's Christmas parade!

    Cheryl said...

    Tweet

    http://twitter.com/HeartnSoulmom/status/7229787859

    Angie said...

    One family tradition we have is on Christmas morning when the ENTIRE family gathers at our house, all the grandkids take a turn reading a few verses of the Christmas story from Luke. This year was the first year my son was able to take a part and he did a fantastic job!

    Thanks
    Angie
    rennieangie@gmail.com

    lmurley2000 said...

    our favorite receipe is cherry delight. my grandmother use to make it for us every year and it is fantistic. but she passed away and no one could make it like hers we used her recepie and everything but we still cant get it right. my mom does make it every year but their no one can make it like my grandmother, i guess it was the love she put in to it.

    lmurley2000 said...

    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/lmurley2000/status/7240738572
    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

    Carie said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is just simply getting together with family for a big meal & visiting.

    Skinny Minnie said...

    blogged about it there http://icoulduseadeal.blogspot.com/2009/12/hersheys-hits-one-out-of-park-with-800.html

    jtrophy at gmail dot com

    Susan P. said...

    Every year we get at least one new ornament which could be store bought or home made. We like to make our own which is always fun. When we put up the ornaments we remember when and where we got them.

    Buttons and Bows said...

    My favorite receipt is Chocolate Gravy and homemade bisquits.

    My children do look forward to daddy making his infamous Chocolate Gravy.

    I know it doesn't sound good, but hey! It is heavenly!

    Rebecca

    Buttons and Bows said...

    http://mommiesgotfivechildren.blogspot.com/2009/12/hershey-giveaway-10000-giveaways-ending.html

    I posted this giveaway and linked back to your site.
    Thanks

    Rebecca
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    Thanks

    AStarrA said...

    I always love the fact that our extended family gets together on Christmas Eve. It's a nice way to catch up with all the cousins, aunts and uncles I have.
    disintegratingstarr@hotmail.com

    Short On Cents said...

    Our tradition carried over from childhood is to have the children open one present on christmas eve from the parents and the rest on christmas day

    Short On Cents said...

    oops forgot my email addy lvn777 at charter dot net to have the kids open one present on christmas eve

    Courtenay said...

    My favorite holiday cookie is my fiance's "Popularity Cookies" (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/popularity-cookies/detail.aspx). They are sooo good!

    Nelsby said...

    Since I was just a kid, my favorite holiday tradition has always been baking cookies. My favorite recipe is for Peanut Butter Heaven cookies. These bad boys are LOADED with peanut butter and have a mix of milk chocolate & peanut butter chips.
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

    Nelsby said...

    * Tweet *
    http://twitter.com/Nelsby/status/7250129621
    Thanks!
    Aimee
    sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

    SpaceCase said...

    My mom used to make Chex Mix every year (in the times before you could buy it on the shelves!). I still remember how the house smelled when she made it - yum!

    Also, I just so happen to have some kisses and some pretzels in the house... off to experiment!

    Michelle Hart said...

    My favorite holiday tradition is visiting the Christmas lights at Church of Joy.

    Linda K said...

    We like to go drive around and look at Christmas light displays.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    valmg said...

    Favorite holiday tradition is our family gathering to decorate the tree. We all used to do it at my parents. Now hubby and I decorate the tree with the boys.
    Another tradition is Christmas morning. My parents come over to watch my boys open presents and I serve a breakfast treat buffet (all cakes and cookies). Then we all go to my parents house to exchange presents there with my brothers and she makes a big feast including kielbase, salami and cream cheese and all of our favorite foods.26