Last year, I bemoaned the loss of the Necco Candy Wafer Company and their Tums-tasting Sweethearts candies. Those things were great for Valentine’s Day, and you know I’m right. Plus, as a kid with New England roots, I enjoyed chomping on Necco Wafers, even though they had the consistency of chalk.
In 2019, Spangler Candies, the company that makes Dum Dum lollipops – you know, the only candy whose name can also be considered an insult – purchased the rights to make Necco wafers and Sweethearts candies. But the purchase wasn’t made in time to produce the Valentine’s Day treats, so those ubiquitous hearts with their cute messages would have to wait until 2020.
This is 2020.
Yes I know that Necco wafers and Sweethearts candies have that wonderful taste of powdered bricks, but you know what, that’s fine by me. You grow up with the treats, you enjoy them.
Now you should be able to find the Sweethearts candies in drugstores like CVS and Walgreens for now, but it never hurts to keep an eye out in your local big box store near the Valentine’s Day displays or the candy counters.
Or … as one person shows on YouTube … you could make your own Valentine’s Day Sweethearts treats.
You know what … that’s definitely cool and it looks like a fun homemade project …
But I need to get the classics. It’s been too long since I’ve had those tasty Sweethearts and their goofy messages stamped on their cases. Well, this year we may have an issue with that as well.
When Spangler acquired the rights to make the Sweetheart candies, they did not get the stamping dies working in time to make a full assortment of phrases and words for these candies, so be prepared for blank heart candies. At least for this year.
However, word has it that Spangler did acquire the original recipes for the candies, including flavors that go more than a century back in history. We could start tasting banana-flavored Sweetheart candies. Or Wintergreen-flavored. Or chocolate-flavored treats.
Admit it. You’ve been waiting for them too, haven’t you?