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Sorry, Sweethearts Fans: Iconic Candy Won't Be Sold This Year

But you can opt for other candy hearts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2019 3:57 PM CST
In this Jan. 14, 2009, file photo, colored "Sweethearts" candy is held in bulk prior to packaging at the New England Confectionery Company in Revere, Mass.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

(Newser) – Sweethearts—those chalky little candies with messages on them—won't be on store shelves this Valentine's Day, the AP reports. The New England Confectionary Co.—or Necco—had been making the popular candies since 1886. But the company filed for bankruptcy protection last spring. Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. bought Necco in May. But Spangler said Thursday that it didn't have time to bring Sweethearts to market this Valentine's season. CEO Kirk Vashaw said Spangler wants to make sure Sweethearts "meet customer expectations" when they return to market. He didn't say what changes Spangler plans to make or when they'll go back on sale. Competitors like Brach's are still making conversation hearts. But online retailer CandyStore.com says Sweethearts were by far the most popular brand, commanding 80% of the US market for candy hearts. (But the iconic Sky Bar is coming back.)

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