If you are going to throw your hard-earned money into the $20 billion dollar pot that is called Valentines Day spending, you will have a hard time finding what was last years — and to the best of our knowledge the crowd favorite for decades — the Sweetheart candy. Sure they taste like crap. In fact, no one is really able to describe what they actually taste like, but we all love them. Those cute little sayings are sure-fire conversation starters and for lovers, one can only imagine how many lust/loved filled nights were ignited by this harmless little sweetie.
Well, boys and girls, I am about to give you the good news and the bad news when it comes to what was America’s favorite Valentine candy.
The New England Confectionary Company, also known as Necco, have been producing the Necco wafers and sweethearts for decades, but despite the candy’s popularity it went out of business and was purchased in auction by Round Hill Investments.
Round Hill went around and sold the the Necco wafer brand and Sweethearts to Spangler Candy Company. Spangler is no newcomer to the candy biz and is most known for their Dum Dum lollipops.
Unfortunately, closing the deal in September of 2018 did not give Spangler enough time to produce the sweethearts for this Valentine's Day. Spangler Chairman and CEO Kirk Vashaw said in a statement,"There are a lot of manufacturing challenges and unanswered questions at this point, and we want to make sure these brands meet consumer expectations when they re-enter the market, and the company is planning to relaunch Sweethearts in time for the 2020 Valentine's season.”