What is the name of the little paper strip sticking out of the top of Hershey's Kisses?
Ever wondered why that little piece of paper hangs out of a Hershey's Kiss? It’s because that was the company’s way of flagging their candy so consumers would know that it was an original Hershey’s Kiss. The common little paper tail is known as a Niggly Wiggly.
In 1907, Milton Hershey introduced a new candy, bite-sized, flat-bottomed, conical-shaped pieces of chocolate that he named "Hershey's Kiss". Initially, they were individually wrapped by hand in squares of aluminum foil. The introduction of machine wrapping in 1921 simplified the process while adding the small paper ribbon to the top of the package to indicate that it was a genuine Hershey product.
It is unknown where the name of the little paper tail originated, but it is widely used.
Seventy million Hershey’s Kisses are produced everyday at the factory in Hershey, PA. The machines run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Enough Kisses are produced annually to form a line more than 300,000 miles long.