Hershey’s Hugs Vs. Kisses: What’s The Difference?

Many people are unaware of the differences between Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses candies. A theory that some people have is that Hugs have nuts while Kisses do not. That certainly sounds like a solid guess but definitely not what makes them different. Let’s take a look at what really sets these candies apart.

What Are They?

Hershey’s Hugs are described as milk chocolate hugged by white creme. When you unwrap an individual Hug, you will find the outer layer to be mostly white creme candy with stripes of milk chocolate. The interior or core is made of milk chocolate.

Here is one of the first commercials for Hugs from the early 1990s:

A Hershey’s Kiss, on the other hand, is made with classic milk chocolate.

Note that under the Kisses brand, Hershey’s makes a variety of flavors such as Cookies N Creme and Strawberry Ice Cream Cone. For the purposes of this article, when we mention Kisses we are only referring to the milk chocolate version going forward.


Overall, there are no significant differences in nutrition between Hershey’s Hugs versus Kisses. Kisses do, however, have more saturated fat, cholesterol, total sugars, and added sugars.

Serving Size7 pieces7 pieces
Total Fat9g9g
Saturated fat5g6g
Trans Fat0g0g
Total Carbohydrate19g19g
Dietary Fiber0g0g
Total Sugars17g18g
Included Added Sugar14g16g
Vitamin D2%2%

Introduction Dates

These candies were released over 85 years from each other. Kisses are much older than Hugs as you likely guessed.

Hugs – Hugs were introduced in 1993, long after the first Kiss was made.

Kisses – Hershey’s Kisses first appeared on July 7, 1907. The candies were hand wrapped until 1921 when Hershey’s switched to a machine.

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