The Sweetheart candy hearts are not going to be available in stores for Valentine’s Day this year. The candy is considered a staple for the holiday.
Valentine’s Day is only two weeks away. Candy enthusiasts across the United States are freaking out at the realization that there will be no more of the classic conversation candy this year.
Sweetheart candy heart’s will not be hitting the shelves this Valentine’s Day. The loss of the chalky little candy is being felt by fans everywhere.
Necco has been making this candy since back in 1886, but the New England company filed for bankruptcy protection and went out of business in July. Spangler Candy Co. bought Necco in May. The company is known for its Dum-Dums, circus peanuts and candy canes.
On Thursday, Spangler said that it did not have the time to make the 8 billion conversation hearts that Necco produced every season, despite their promise that they would keep Necco’s favorites alive and intact. The company confirmed that it would not be able to put in the 11 months it takes to make enough candies to meet yearly demand.
The CEO Kirk Varshaw said that Spangler wants to make Sweetheart candies “meet customer expectations” when they return to the shelves in 2020.
Other competitors like Brach’s are taking this opportunity to market their own conversation hearts, but the Sweetheart candy hearts were by far the most popular. The Necco candy had 80% of the US market for candy hearts according to CandyStore.com.
Get ready for a different Valentine’s Day than usual!