Last year, The Candy Store reported that Sweethearts Conversation Hearts were the most popular Valentine’s Day candy in America. So what happened?
In July, the company that produced the candy, Necco, abruptly closed and announced they needed to sell. In September, Necco was purchased by Round Hill Investments, who then sold the Sweethearts brand to Spangler Candy Company.
Because of the time it takes to create the supply of conversation hearts, the new owner didn’t have enough time to make the hearts for 2019. (It took Necco 11 months to produce 8 billion conversation hearts—all of which would be sold in the 6 weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day.)
While you may be able to find a few leftover boxes from last year, new hearts won’t be hitting shelves in 2019. If you do find boxes on store shelves—or on Amazon—keep in mind that these treats have likely been sitting in a warehouse since last year.....