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Hershey’s Wants To Share the Love With You (aka Hershey’s Candy Giveaway!)

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Did you know that every time you buy Hershey’s part of the proceeds go to support the Milton Hershey School? The school began 100 years ago as a dream and vision shared by Milton Hershey and his wife Kitty. Unable to have children of their own, they took their wealth and created a home and school for orphaned boys in 1909. After his wife died, Milton Hershey gave his entire fortune to the School. Mr. Hershey has been quoted as having said, “The School was Kitty’s idea. If we had helped a hundred children it would have all been worthwhile.” One hundred years later, Milton and Kitty Hershey’s legacy lives on and has educated thousands of students. You can read more about Milton and Kitty’s story and the school at

To celebrate 100 years of giving, Hershey’s wants to give two lucky Candy Addict readers a gift basket like you see above full of things like Kisses, Twizzlers, Whoppers, Reese’s, and much, much more. To enter, post a comment below sharing your own story of uncommon love in general, a story about favorite Hershey’s candies from childhood or adulthood, or a story about how a (your?) child loves Hershey’s candy. We will pick our favorite as one winner and the other we will choose randomly from all valid entries.

Be sure and use your REAL email address (it will not be shown on the site) when you post a comment and make sure you do not auto-mark na email from as SPAM. You can’t win if you can’t receive the winning email!

Offer open to U.S. residents only and prize must be shipped to a U.S. address. Limit one entry per person. Entries accepted until midnight EST, May 14, 2010. Winners must be 18 years or older to win. Void where prohibited by law. If the winner does not reply by email within 48 hours when we send the winning email, the prize will be forfeit and another winner will be chosen.

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33 Responses to “Hershey’s Wants To Share the Love With You (aka Hershey’s Candy Giveaway!)”

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    Lisa Kielt says:

    My father always tells the story about growing up in the Philippines at the end of WWII. He was a small boy, and near the end of the war, a low-flying American plane flew over his small village, dropping Hershey bars over the town center. My dad had spent most of his life-so-far in great danger hiding in mountain caves with the enemy near. To keep the kids quiet, his mother and aunties would give the little ones sticks of sugarcane to suck on when they cried. The Hershey bars falling out of the sky were his biggest evidence yet of heaven on earth!

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    Robert B. says:

    This last Halloween, after Trick-or-Treating, I gave my 4-year-old son a choice. He could pick out 1 candy to eat that night, and then 1 candy every day for 1 month… or he could pig-out for 10 minutes and the rest would be “donated” (to Daddy charity, shhhh). He at first chose the 1 at a time… but after trying to pick out just one candy, he changed his mind to the “pig-out” option.

    He got set up by making piles. All of the Hershey’s minitures were stacked closest to him. Krackels, Mr. Goodbars, Hershey Bars, some mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, some little bags of Whoppers, and even some Hershey’s Kissables. That was it. The Smarties, Candy Corn and other various Halloween staple treats were cast aside. I started that timer and he went to town on that stack. He kept saying, “Chocolate Yummmmy,” over and over. I guess I deprive him of milky chocolatey goodness. He did have some Bubble Yum in there too, but after chewing it for about 20 seconds, he realized that gum did not fit well into a timed event.

    Needless to say at the 7 minute mark, he didn’t feel too well. He didn’t “lose his candy,” but he slowed down a great deal. At the 9 minute mark, I offered him one more candy, and he refused (shockingly, ha ha). So there he sat in his Captain America outfit, face covered in chocalte, moaning, but happy and dazed. After washing his face and brushing his teeth, he went to bed with Hershey Chocoloatey Dreams floating in his head.

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    Meg says:

    My favorite Hersey’s brand candy has got to be, hands down, Twizzlers. I come from a chocoholic family, mother, grandmother, aunts, uncles, grandfather even, all love chocolate. Double chocolate chunk ice cream was always in nana’s freezer (and still is) and mum always made chocolate cakes and puddings for birthdays and holidays. And I hated it. I’d cry and ask why we couldn’t have vanilla or something else. One year on Easter, my mom and grandmother put together our Easter baskets, giving me the normal: chocolate bunnies, M&M’s, Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, and jelly beans. But in my basket I got 4 giant bags of Twizzlers, from my great grand father. He gave me one bag of black, a bag of regular, a bag of pull n’ peels, and a bag of the bites. I was so happy. There was finally a non-chocolate candy that cost the same as my brother’s chocolaty candy and available in the same places.
    Its been a long time since then, but I still love Twizzlers. Every time a new special edition flavor comes out, I try it. I usually have a bag or two lying around to munch on. My favorite have to be the watermelon pull n’ peels, which I tried for the first time with my great grandfather a few months before he passed away.

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    Z. says:

    When I was younger, I had to have a surgery. What was initially outpatient had major complications including massive internal bleeding, my bladder being cut into and having to wear a catheter, and two weeks+ in the hospital. I was very upset and in constant pain. One day while I was still in the hospital, a family friend sent me a Hershey bar, one of my favorites. As soon as I bit into that bar, I smiled for the first time since the ordeal had started. From that day until I got out of the hospital, my mom bought me a Hershey bar every day because she said the smiles were worth it. I am forever grateful to Hershey’s for helping me get through that tough time in the hospital.

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    Melanie Calcut says:

    I never liked chocolate or sweets as a child. I was pregnant with my first of three sons 5 years ago and my husband was eating his nightly Reeses Peanut Butter cup and i just had to have a bite. He looked at me and said “Hun you dont like Chocolate” I said it smells good to me for the fist time in my life and i have to have a bite. He finally shared a bite and it was the best thing i had ever eaten. I feel like I have been missing out all of those years and think that my sense of taste must have changed with pregnancy. I recently had my first hot fudge sundae, that was Yummers. I feel like i am so behind in candy knowledge and there are so many too try.

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    Jacqueline in Atlanta says:

    I love Hershey’s candy, no doubt about it. But one of the funniest things I ever did for love was eat 15 plain Hershey bars in about 10 days. It was coming up on my daughter’s birthday and Hershey had a promotion going on where you could send in 15 empty candy bar wrappers for a free t-shirt. I decided this was just the thing for my daughter’s birthday gift. I gobbled them up and sent off the order form. Later it ocurred to me that I could have just unwrapped the candy and saved it in a zip top bag or something. Oh well. She loved the shirt and that was what counted!

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    Stephanie Grant says:

    My son loves Hershey’s candy so much that I have to keep him some in our home and in his travel bag at all times! His favorite of all is the origional Hershey’s candy bar!

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    phxbne says:

    I grew up in Australia so never had Hersheys candy. When I moved here I became obsessed by Kisses. I even have a silve Kiss necklace!

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    Kristen says:

    When I went to summer camp as a kid they used to take us on a field trip to the Hershey’s factory which of course we loved!

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    Nancy says:

    As a child, my favorite candy bar was Hershey’s Chocolate Bars. I would break the bar into its small secions and slowly savor one at a time! The chocolate sections were also extra delicious when made into S’mores!

    As an adult, I’ll admit that my favorie Hershey’s Candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. If you don’t tell anyone, I’ll admit how I eat them when I am alone. I slowly nibble around the chocolaty edges. Then I ever-so-slowly take small bites of the extra-luscious peanut buttery chocolate covered center. I savor each and every tiny morsel. Is there any better taste than peanut butter combined with chocolate? Delish!

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    Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) says:

    My favorite example of uncommon love is the fact that my grandmother, who hates coconut with a passion, would make entire batches of coconut macaroons for my grandfather because they were his favorite treat. It might have been a little thing, but they were married for almost 50 years when my grandfather died, and I think those “little” things were what kept them together for so long.

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    Tomi says:

    Hershey’s chocolate bars are an all-time family favorite. I remember my mom used to purchase the Hershey’s chocolate bar with almonds for herself and but the plain ones for my siblings and I. We would eat them square by square and then lick our fingers to make sure we savored every chocolate morsel. To this day, my mom still loves Hershey’s chocolate bars with almonds and when she buys her grandchildren a chocolate bar, she always gets them one without almonds… just like she used to do with my siblings and I.

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    ShootingStarsMag says:

    My favorite is the cookies and cream hershey’s bar. In third grade, we kept journals and would write in them during school and our teacher would leave us comments to read the next day. I loved it, such fun. One day she told us to talk about our favorite candy bar and I picked the cookies and cream. Well, guess what? At the end of the year, we were about to go to the park for the last day of school picnic and our teacher passed us all out our favorite candy bar from our journals. I happily brought mine to the park and ate it. It’s still a lovely treat today!

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    Laura says:

    At Christmas, my grandfather had gold cone-shaped ornaments with designs ‘punched’ through the gold. It was our obligation to eat enough of the york mints (with the holiday wrapping) to put the wrappers on the inside of the cones, so the festive colors of the wrappers would shine through.

    To this day, york mints (especially the holidays ones!) are my favorite.

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    rosemarie cariera says:

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    rosemarie cariera says:

    every year for valentines day my mom would make sugar cookies with a hershey kiss in the middle of it for me and my siblings and that would be the only snack we had all year round, so every night we wnt to bed we would pray that the year would go fast so we could have another hershey kiss cookie.

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    Serenity says:

    Hershey Kisses! Perfect amount of chocolate!!

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    Soha Molina says:

    My daughter’s favorie candy is a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar. given a choice between it and any other candy, she always chooses it.

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    Johannah B says:

    When I was little, I lived in the city and walked to and from school (about 10 city blocks) 4 X a day. On the way back to school after lunch my mom would give me .05 cents for candy — I would almost always get the hershey bar!

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    laurag says:

    When I was a child, my Mom would never allow my sisters and I to eat candy…however, when my Mom was gone for the weekend due to her job, it was just us little girls and my Dad, who is a HUGE candy addict. He would totally spoil us with chocolate! He would take us to the store and we each got to pick out our favorite candy (mine was plain old Hershey kisses!). The only rule was, we had to finish the candy by before Mom got home and we couldn’t tell her that Dad bought us candy!

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    Karen Clark says:

    Was just telling my daughter the other day. we would go to the candy store when I was a child and by a whole bag full of penny candy and the bag would be full for our .25 allowance.
    we would look so forward to making that trek to the candy store on saturday mornings.
    those were the days, great memories.

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    Kay says:

    I am lucky enough to live near Hershey, PA so this candy is the center of attention in a lot of our special family memories.

    My parents remembered the park as a beautiful place you could visit for free way before the theme park was built. As a child, my parents took us to Hershey Park once each summer. At the end of the day, just before the park was closing, we would always run over to one of the little shops and buy a bag of Kisses. Then we would ride the whole way up to the top of the Kissing Tower, break open the bag, and celebrate the day with Kisses! My mother would take the leftover chocolates and squirrel them away to put in our Christmas stockings.

    Our neighbor was a single mother with 3 children of her own. Those kids never had stockings or much in the way of presents, but they always had a row of shiny, foil-wrapped Kisses on their windowsills come Christmas morning. Our mother invited the family over for dinner each Christmas night. She told the children that Santa must have known they’d been good, but was too big to fit through their little chimney. He left the candy to thank them for being so nice all year.

    Thanks for the chance to share these memories. It’s funny to think how something so small as a chocolate kiss can much such a big impact sometimes.

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    Jennifer J. says:

    I’ve always been in love with candy. Like any other kid, I always used to sneak candy and think I couldn’t get caught. I remember many early mornings, I’d wake up far before my parents, and I’d stack up a few books to use as a step to get up onto a kitchen chair, to get up onto the counter, and as quietly as I could, reach to the very top shelf of our cupboard where there was ALWAYS a stash of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Also, my Dad would hide his favorite, Whoppers, behind the couch and as soon as he would get up to use the bathroom, I’d grab a handful and eat as many as I could, as fast as I could. And of course, there was always a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar in the fridge, and I never thought anyone would notice if I took just a row.. Well I had no willpower to stop at just one row, so eventually i took about half the candybar, and my Dad figured it out. Sadly, I’ve never been great at lying, and the chocolate on my lips always gave me away. Now, I’m 21 years old and I still have my obsession with chocolate. Not much has changed except now I’M the one hiding my candy(I always have LOTS of it and always have to have a nice supply on hand!) from everyone else, not because I don’t want them to eat it all, but because I don’t want to get caught with how much I always have! I still feel like candy is going to get me into trouble some day, but it’s well worth it!

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    Sidni H. says:

    I come from a long line of chocolate addicts. I grew up eating fudge brownies made of Hershey’s Cocoa Mix & I bake them for my family now. My Gramma would always have chocolate waiting for me in her fridge when I would come over on the weekends. Milk Chocolate with Almonds was my favorite. I married a chocoholic also so we tend to always have chocolate in the house now too! I have a candy dispencer that is especially for Hershey’s Kisses.

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    Natalie J. Vandenberghe says:

    We love chocolate and I wish we would’ve bought stock in Hershey’s years ago–we would be rich by now! My family alone has purchased more than their share of your delicious candies. Hard for me to pick a favorite. I could probably eat Reese’s peanut butter cups and Kit Kat bars every day. Heck, I could probably eat one of each of your candy bars every day and never tire of them. I come by this naturally: my mom has a real sweet tooth :) and, I have passed on her love for Hershey’s to my four children. What a legacy.

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    Jillian Z. says:

    My now husband and I were dating for only a few weeks when I started traveling for work. I was afraid of being away and not being able to spend time together to work on our new relationship. I was so worried that he would lose interest because I was not home to go on dates during the week. I was planning on calling him right when I got home after my first week away. When I got to my front door, I noticed a baggie hanging from the handle. In the bag was a Hershey’s Kiss and a Hershey’s Hug and a note that let me know it was from him. We have been married for 3.5 years and I still think of that homecoming everytime I see Hershey’s Kisses and Hugs. (I actually still have the kiss and hug in the baggie in my freezer!)

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    Robyn Derry says:

    I’m a single mom, hard on my luck after leaving my husband who turned out to be a bad man. My kids and I were about to be homeless when my best friend of 20+ years, another single mom, offered to let my kids and I move in with her. The arrangement we have is that I watch her pre-school age child, cook and clean while she works. Basically this economy plus deadbeat dads created our new little family of 2 single moms and 4 kids.
    My pre-school age goddaughter LOVES Hershey’s kisses. It is her favorite evening snack. Every day she gets a dixie cup and puts a few hershey kisses in there and sits down with the family in the living room to have her favorite snack.

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    Aaron says:

    My brother used to tell me that if I was good and I left a few reeses pieces on my desk at night in the moonlight, E.T. might come and visit

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    Anne says:

    I love twizzlers. My kids know after halloween they have to go through all their candy and give me all the twizzlers, because they are my favorite.

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    Julie says:

    I remember waking up one morning and finding a trail of little silver wrappers from the kitchen into my daughter’s bedroom, who was four at the time. It seems she had woken up earlier than the rest of the family and remembered that she had seen me put a bag of brand new kisses into the cupboard. That morning she decided to help herself and had somehow managed to open the bag and eat the entire bag of Hershey’s kisses, some with the wrapper still on. I found her groaning and moaning in her bed with the worst tummy ache and covered from head to toe in chocolate. She’s almost twenty now and she hates it when I tell this story, but she still loves those kisses and every Christmas I give her a bag in her stocking…teehee!

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    Jay says:

    When I moved to the West Coast from New Hampshire, it took a lot of adjustment. The worst experience I had in my first few weeks in Oregon, though, happened at a movie theater. I asked for my favorite candy in the world — Twizzlers. I was handed some strange package labeled Red Vines. I wasn’t happy, but the movie was about to start so I didn’t make a fuss. I took them, figuring “How different could they be?” Sitting in the dark theater, I blindly stuck one in my mouth and tried to eat it. And answered my own question — they can be VERY different. Twizzlers are tasty, chewy, fun to nibble the ends off and then drink soda through like straws (which at 40 I still do).

    Red Vines? They’re not right. They’re not food. They should never been served in place of Twizzlers!

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    Jen says:

    Hersheys is my favorite candy brand. I no longer eat Mars after hearing of their not-kind to animals practices…so of all the Hershey products, I probably like the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups the best….but the Cookies N Cream variety also has a special place in my heart (or belly)!

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    Chelsea says:

    hershey’s limited edition kisses are generally exciting and yummy, and i can’t forget reeses cups-white, dark, and milk!