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Why you won't see Sweethearts 'conversation hearts' this year

Staff Writer
Austin American-Statesman
Photo by Nell Carroll/American-Statesman

There are a million ways to say "I love you." But this Valentine's Day, there'll be one less.

The famed, divisive, some might say "chalk-like," Sweethearts candy you've been celebrating Valentine's Day with since maybe forever, will not be readily available this year, Better Homes and Gardens reports

The candy, which was first sold in 1886, has historically been produced by the New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO. NECCO announced in 2018 that it would need to abruptly close. Following this development the Sweethearts candy brand, and its popular "conversation hearts," were sold to Spangler Candy Co. Given the time of the sale, the Spangler Candy Co. did not have enough time to produce the conversation hearts for 2019, Better Homes and Gardens reports. The company, however, promised that the candy would be available again in 2020. 

You might be able to locate a spare box in, who knows, the back of a dark drawer in your kitchen, or maybe an online retailer. But with any luck you'll find another, less expired, way to express your love this year.