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Chocolate Kisses

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When shopping the other day I walked past a large pack of ‘chocolate kisses’ – a pack of 5 × 5, 5 each of five varieties. It looked really nice, so I just had to buy it. And once it was in our kitchen it didn’t last long.

photo of the pack of chocolate kisses

I’m not sure the expression ‘chocolate kiss’ actually exists in English. The problem with these sweets is that until about 15 to 20 years ago they were commonly called ‘Negerküsse’, which would translate as negro kisses. And only then people figured that even with them perfectly delicious sweets, this may be a name that’s racist rather than charming (particularly as ‘Neger’ in German is a rather condescending word). So the sweets started going by their current, more neutral, name.

It’s interesting to read the German Wikipedia entry on the topic which traces their origin to France and that of the name to Austria while the English Wikipedia entry traces their origin and name to Denmark and lists them under the name ‘Krembo’ which they seem to have in Israel. A bit more consistency would have been helpful. (Being able to read/understand Hebrew could also be helpful in this context as the entry there seems to be quite long…)

November 1, 2006, 0:03

Tagged as food.


Comment by d.w.: User icon

The U.S. candy giant Hershey’s has a product called the Hershey’s Kiss which appears to be completely unrelated except for the name.

November 1, 2006, 22:39

Comment by ssp: User icon

Yeah, these are definitely quite different. The Chocolate Kisses are quite large (5 by 5 by 6 cm or so) and very airy.

November 1, 2006, 23:49

Comment by mazii: User icon

Where can I purchase that box of choclate kisses?

Please let me know,

Thank you

June 30, 2011, 2:06

Comment by ssp: User icon

I got it from a normal supermarket back then.

June 30, 2011, 11:29

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