Why You Won’t Find Conversation Hearts This Valentine’s Day
We'll just have to find another way to communicate this Valentine's Day.
Isn't it odd that you cannot enjoy something, but the minute you can no longer have it, you freak out? That's how I feel about Sweethearts Conversation Hearts around Valentine's Day. They're not my favorite, but now that we won't have them for this year's day of love, I'm suddenly feeling very alone.
There's just not enough time to turn around a batch for 2019.
If you recall, the New England Confectionery Company (Necco) closed and sold off all of their assets in 2018. It was Spangler Candy Company who jumped in and bought the company in September. That's just a few months before Valentine's Day and it's just not enough time.
To put it into perspective, it took Necco 11 months to make enough conversation hearts for Valentine's Day each year. The eight billion heart that were made typically were sold in the six weeks leading up to February 14. Since Spangler jumped in just last September, there's no way to meet the demand.
According to Spangler's website however, they are anxious to relaunch both the Sweethearts and Necco Wafers in 2020.
This will probably be the first Valentine's Day without the conversation hearts since they first debuted in 1901. We can expect some updated sayings on the candy and wouldn't be surprised if there are emojis incorporated. In the meantime, maybe we can Pinterest a recipe and make a small batch just for ourselves.