It’s taken me a while to figure out why fairies prefer the gold wrapped Hershey Kisses, but I think I’ve cracked the conundrum. Fairies like offerings. They also like bright shiny things for gifts. Some people leave them quartz crystals but me? I call Hershey kisses, especially the gold-wrapped Hershey kisses, fairy food.
I live in Ireland now in a part of the world where it is a perfectly rational position to believe in fairies. But I also grew up in Pennsylvania and Hershey was practically local. I had the tour of the Hershey chocolate factory with my Girl Scout troop. I swooned from the chocolate scent that pervaded the town. I was delighted to see that the street lamps were in the shape of Hershey kisses.
Now forty years on I am doing a last shop before I get the plane back to my life in rural Ireland amongst red squirrel, long eared bats, badgers, foxes, pine martins, dragon and damsel flies…and fairies. My last official act is to get to a drugstore and buy up ‘Fairy Food’. For that is what I call Hershey kisses now.
The traditional silver wrap is acceptable to the fairies. They not only like shiny thing; they seem to have yen for chocolate. Whenever I leave the ‘fairy food’ out it always disappears. Our ‘luck’ has also improved.
However, the gold-wrapped Hershey kisses seem to be even more popular. While the silver is like the moon shine, I finally decided that they like the gold-wrapped Hershey kisses because they reflect back whatever weak and watery Irish sunshine we do get. They appreciate that little extra glamour and glister.
So now when I am back in the States I have to go hunting around for the preferred food for fairies, the gold-wrapped Hershey Kiss. It’s all about the love and it’s also all about the giving, the offering. Fairies always play fair that way.