Classic Valentine's Day candy may be missing from store shelves this year


The Internet was rife with heartbreak this week as news spread that Sweethearts, the tiny confectionaries with messages etched on them, would be increasingly hard to track down for those looking to express their love on Valentine's Day.

Spangler, who also owns famous sweets like Dum-Dums lollipops and Circus Peanuts, acquired both Sweethearts and NECCO Wafers, and the equipment that makes them, after New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) declared bankruptcy and closed their MA factory in July of a year ago. Therefore, sales for conversation hearts are expected to drop 80 percent for Valentine's Day this year. also reports the only ones left were made before the factory closed last July. A press release posted on Spangler's website from the fall stated that Sweethearts would be ready for Valentine's Day in 2020.

What's a tongue-tied person in love to do? According to, the conversation hearts candy took the crown as the most popular candy for the 2018 holiday season. And while this type of hard candy may be able to last for up to a year, its quality might be compromised. There's no one now making the heart-shaped sweets with messages like "Be Mine" and "Marry Me" since the Necco plant in Revere shut down last summer.

But there's nothing quite like classic Sweethearts.



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