You’ll never take that pointed tip for granted again.
Say it isn’t so! Broken Hershey’s Kisses have bakers everywhere more than a little bummed out.
After all, when it comes to holiday baking, the signature pointy end of a Hershey’s Kiss is well—everything. It’s the delectable topper that turns a plain peanut butter cookie into a blossoming tasty treat and the pointed punctuation mark that makes so many of the season’s sweets worth sharing. Plus, let’s be honest—everybody’s in it to win it at those cookie swaps.
But can you compete with a Kiss that’s amiss?
The Broken Hershey’s Kisses Crisis
As holiday baking hits a fever pitch, so too are the frustrations of consumers who have stocked up on bag after bag of the iconic treat, only to tear them open mid-recipe and find that the tops are lopped off.
To its credit, Hershey’s has been swift to respond to consumer feedback, identifying that this misshapen mayhem likely originated in its production line. While they take steps to right this chocolate wrong, Hershey’s spokesperson Jeff Beckman has also noted that the company makes more than 70 million Kisses daily year-round; broken chocolate Kisses may be in circulation beyond holiday season.
So what’s a baker to do with Kisses by the bowlful, all missing their iconic pointy tops? Think outside the thumbprint box. From Chocolate Monkey Bread to Meringue Kisses, there are plenty of suh-weet treats that call for Kisses where the pointy tips are optional.
In addition, those who purchased Hershey’s Kisses missing that telltale, tasty peak are encouraged to contact Hershey’s. The candy company may be issuing coupons as a gesture of goodwill to those who have complained.
More Sweet Recipes to Make with Kisses
I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint, especially at Christmastime. It’s just not Christmas at our house without these cookies in the tins!—Heather McKillip, Aurora, Illinois
Here’s proof that peanut butter and chocolate just belong together. These cookies are an easy family favorite and never fail to make my children smile. —Tammie Merrill, Wake Forest, North Carolina
Chewy and sweet, these easy treats mix Rice Krispies, cookie spread and chocolate in my unforgettable spin on an old favorite. —Jessie Sarrazin, Livingston, Montana
These rich and buttery vanilla cupcakes have a tender crumb and make a perfect base for these whimsical elves lost in fluffy frosting. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
We enjoy this chocolate monkey bread as we open gifts on Christmas. It’s impossible to resist. —Heather Deterding, Odenton, Maryland
This recipe combines two of my favorite flavors: coffee and cinnamon. You can always find them on my holiday treat trays. —Cynthia Messenger, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Baking cookies to share doesn’t get much easier than this. Stir together four ingredients. Bake. Top with a Kiss. —Dee Davis, Sun City, Arizona
Assembling these merry mice is so much fun that the kids will definitely want to help. My daughter gave me the recipe, along with a warning…your guests just might think these treats are too cute to eat! —Margene Pons, West Valley City, Utah
There’s a nice chocolaty surprise inside these sweet kisses. They’re my husband’s top choice each Christmas.—Tami Henke, Lockport, Illinois
Whether you call them kisses or hugs, these cookies show nothing but love when served warm from the oven. Typically made with a peanut butter dough, the ginger and spices in these thumbprints are a fun Christmastime spin on an all-time favorite. —
I make this cookie every Christmas with my family. It’s a fun twist on a classic peanut butter blossom because of the cinnamon in the batter and the caramel kiss on top. We love the cinnamon-caramel combination, but you could switch out the kiss with a different festive flavor. —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York
Here’s a recipe that’s literally sealed with a “kiss.” This cookie’s bound to tickle any sweet tooth. —Karen Owen, Rising Sun, Indiana
Topped with a chocolate kiss, these cherry-flavored cookies look super cute on a dessert tray. Share them with family and friends. —Joy Yurk, Grafton, Wisconsin
My group of friends had a weekly “movie night” during winters on Martha’s Vineyard, and we’d take turns making a chocolate treat to share. These terrific cookies were an instant success. Once they debuted, I had to make them many more times. —Laura Bryant German, W. Warren, Massachusetts
These cookies are the result of a recipe inspiration and an afternoon spent experimenting in the kitchen with my daughters. I took the cookies to a meeting and they were a hit. So yummy with a cup of coffee! —Jennifer Needham, Woodstock, Georgia