Sweet Memories of a Lunchbox Surprise (and a Sweet Hershey’s KISSES Giveaway)

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It was early morning, in the pre-sunrise hours, when Will was eating his breakfast and I was preparing his lunch for kindergarten. His bus came early — so early that we awoke before my daughter pretty much every morning. Those mornings were cool and quiet, as we both struggled to wake up while going through the morning routine. We’re not morning people.

“Mommy, my friend’s mom always sends a Hershey’s KISS in his lunchbox,” Will said suddenly, as he watched me pack up his favorites — freshly cut red bell peppers, carrots and hummus. Perhaps some cheese and salami slices. Crackers.

“Really? That’s nice,” I said, realizing that I rarely packed sweets for him. But then again, our school strongly advised against it. The last thing they needed was 15 kindergarteners hyped up on chocolate bouncing off the walls after recess.

“It’s to remind him how much his mommy loves him,” Will said. He didn’t say it, but I could hear the implied question — why didn’t I do that?

That’s when it struck me. It wasn’t about the chocolate. In fact, one little Hershey’s KISS is just that — little. A mere taste. No, it was about something bigger: the symbolism of it. A little reminder that brings a special smile and a bit of extra joy to the day. And although I spend time every morning creating creative lunches, maybe a little something special like that would make it mean even more.

“Maybe I will too,” I thought. And I did. Not every day, mind you. But often enough that it remained a special treat. Over the years, I did it less and less frequently. But this past fall when I realized we had some Hershey’s KISSES in the cabinet, I surprised the kids with them a few times. Then, after Thanksgiving, I shared a few of my Candy Cane KISSES too (that’s a big deal — those are my biggest holiday-time guilty pleasure).

Tomorrow, when Will heads to school, he’ll have a special surprise Valentine’s Day lunch. It will be filled with heart-shaped fruits and a sandwich. Perhaps some heart-shaped cheese with crackers too. And a Hershey’s KISS. It’s the little things that can mean such big things.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hersheys Kisses and The Motherhood. Although I received compensation for this post, all opinions and experiences are my own.


  1. Poopsey Marie says

    You are so right, Sarah! My sons are now adults, paving their way through life, but they’ve never forgotten the little “kisses” mom tucked away in some secret place just for them. They still talk about those little thoughtful reminders that brightened their day. I think it is part of what made them thoughtful and considerate of others while growing up and into the present.

  2. Cheryl Sanders says

    My favorite memory that involves Hershey Kisses is when my daughter was in 1st grade and I was the neighborhood “Mom”. Our house was the one that all the kids came to play at and the kids always knew that I would hand them 1 Hershey Kiss as they walked out the door. That was 11 years ago and we have since moved but we are still in touch with some of those neighborhood kids. They are all graduating high school this year and I often receive picture messages of Hershey Kisses from these wonderful kids *smiling with tears in my eyes*

  3. Jill Hartley says

    I actually put them in my husband’s grooms basket on our wedding day for the “last kisses as a single man” it was wonderful!

  4. Mary says

    I always had a blast baking chocolate chip cookies with my sister. It was always our go to thing when we just wanted to talk things over and relax

  5. erin says

    My favorite kisses memory has to be those yummy little peanut butter cookies topped with a kiss every Christmas as a kid! My favorite!

  6. april yedinak says

    My favorite memory is when my mom would keep a candy dish filled with holiday Kisses. As a kid, I thought it was so fun to have candy ‘out’ all the time.

  7. Julie says

    My favorite memory was my birthday last year. My boyfriend and I live on opposite sides of the country right now because of school and we were video chatting and he was saying how he wishes that he could give me a hundred kisses and then I hear a knock on my apartment door and it was him! With a ton of hershey kisshes!

  8. Jennifer T. says

    My favorite Hershey’s Kisses memories are when my mom used to put them in my lunchbox as a kid. She always seemed to know when I needed a little extra sweetness.

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