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The most popular Valentine’s Day candy in each state

Valentine’s Day is all about love—and what candy you’re going to buy to demonstrate that love. February 14 is a holiday centered around indulgent gifts and treats. The National Retail Federation is forecasting that spending on sweets this season will be strong. Candy is projected to take in a whopping $2.4 billion this month.—smashing last years record by $600 million. Also read: The Sweet History of the Heart-Shaped Box of Chocolates Of course, what candy you should buy depends on the sugar-coated wishes of your one true love—But it might also depend on where you live. Candystore.com has compiled online sales data from the past 12 years to determine what candies are most popular in each state. The map below illustrates the results: Source: CandyStore.com. Key takeaways Missing the conversation Conversation hearts were once the darling of Valentine’s Day, but after a change of manufacturer’s hands last year, and the…

Chocolate on track to be extinct in 40 years, experts say

For chocolate lovers, there’s simply no substitute. Unfortunately, the future of the one and only source of that delicious brown concoction, the cocoa bean, is in danger. Thankfully, scientists are working to avoid a world, in our own lifetime, in which chocolate goes extinct. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, cacao plants are expected to go extinct by 2050 due to globally rising temperatures and drier weather patterns in the region the plants are grown. Cacao plants already grow in a precarious part of the planet. They only succeed in a narrow strip of rainforested land, found about 20 degrees north and south of the equator. Temperatures here stay relatively constant, no matter the season. More than half of the world’s chocolate now comes from just two countries — Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. But the temperatures in these countries are projected to rise nearly 4º Fahrenheit by 2050…