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Why conversation hearts will be missing this Valentine’s Day

This year you might have to find another way to ask your sweetie to “Be Mine” or “Kiss Me.” Valentine’s Day’s most popular candy, SweetHearts, those tiny heart-shaped confections printed with terms of endearment, won’t be produced. New England Confectionary Company (Necco) annually made more than eight billion (13 million pounds) of the tiny hearts in the six weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, but despite a great effort to save the oldest continually operating candy company in the country, NECCO was shut down in 2018. With Necco dead, so too are SweetHearts — for now anyway. Competing brands offer rival ripoffs of the iconic heart candies, but SweetHearts is the original, most recognized and favored brand. SweetHearts’ hold strong sentimental value for many people in the U.S. and their sales were the strongest — by a long shot. Any SweetHearts products you find online or in stores this year…

Candy fans hoarding Necco wafers in fear of parent company’s closure

One of America’s most hated candies is suddenly selling out. Last month, America’s oldest continuously operating candy company announced that it might have to shut its doors if no one offered to buy the 170-year-old New England Confectionary Co. (Necco). The Revere, Mass. manufacturing plant would be forced to lay off most of its employees. Source: Bulk candy sales from CandyStore.com The announcement was picked up by The Boston Globe and almost immediately, the company saw a surge in wafer sales. It turns out, for all the haters out there, the iconic candy has a loyal following. According to candystore.com, March sales spiked more than 50 percent, with Necco wafers up 63 percent from the averages of the past decade. https://twitter.com/greatwhitetoad/status/979132137038282757 Upon hearing about the potential end of Necco, one woman even wrote to candystore.com wanting to trader her Honda for a bulk shipment of wafers. Having been around since the 1800s, Necco…

Survey reveals most popular Valentine’s Day candy by state

It’s no secret that people spend big bucks for gifts on Valentine’s Day. Flowers, perfume, jewelry, romantic getaways, and, of course, candy. It’s projected that Americans will spend about $1.8 billion on the sweet stuff in the weeks leading up to the holiday of love. But if you’re not sure what kind of sugar to buy your sweetie, a glance at this state-by-state map of favorite candies might give you some inspiration. CandyStore.com analyzed 10 years of online bulk candy sales from January 1 through February 14 every year to revel the trends. And it looks like there’s a new candy king in town. Conversation hearts are favored by more people than the traditional heart-shaped box of chocolates. Other lovable favorites like Hershey Kisses and chocolate hearts also made the list. So which candy does your state prefer? Does it sync with your own favorites? When it comes to Valentine’s Day…

10 Little-known facts about Valentine’s Day candy hearts

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and that means an explosion of pink and red cookies, cakes and stores full of those little chalky candy hearts. But as you toss back a few boxes this month, consider these 10 fun facts about Sweethearts. Hearty Beginnings The first hearts were invented in 1866 by Daniel Chase, brother of Necco founder Oliver Chase. They were called “Motto Hearts.” Necco was founded 14 years earlier, and the acronym stands for “New England Confectionery Company.” It’s one of the country’s oldest candy companies. Round-the-clock Rollout To satisfy demand for Sweethearts for Valentine’s Day, production for the next year starts right after the holiday in February and continues until mid-January. More than 7 billion candy hearts are made each year. In Demand Sweethearts are just behind chocolate in candy sales during the holiday of love. Some 13 million pounds of the little candies are sold every year —…