Hershey Kissmobile visits Wal-Mart

To make the Kissmobile a reality, it took Prototype Source Inc. of Santa Barbara, Calif. six months to design and build the Kissmobile.

The vehicle was completed in May 1997. The giant Hershey's Kisses are made of Fiberglass material. Each Kiss shape is 7.5 feet tall with the Hershey's Kisses Plumes measuring four feet long.

Gearheads will be pleased to know that the Kissmobile is built on 1997 GMC W-4, W-Series truck chassis and was assembled in Janesville, Wis.

This thing weights 13,250 lbs. and is powered by GM's Vortec 5700 V8 gas engine, Pratt said. Our Hershey Kissmobile sports the Pennsylvania plate KISS 2 GO.

The Hershey's Kissmobile includes a 45" Panasonic big screen Television, DVD video deck, a cab CD deck, Pioneer laser disc player, and a built-in Public Address and Closed Caption Television System.

The "Great Kiss Race," an animated contest viewed on a video monitor, is installed in the Kissmobile and those who visit White Marlin Mall can play the game.

Chocolate lovers will be pleased to hear that the Hershey's Kissmobile has the capacity to store 230,000 Hershey's Hugs & Kisses chocolates in a refrigerated compartment, many of which were given out at Wal-Marts downtown Rutland store.

Hershey Foods Corporation is the leading North American manufacturer of quality chocolate, confectionery and chocolate-related grocery products and has a variety of international operations.

The two Kissmobiles are very popular with kids of all ages, said Linda Pappariella, marketing manager, Hershey Foods Corporation. They create huge smiles and memories that will last a lifetime.

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