Will Valentine's Day be the same without conversation hearts? | The Tylt

Will Valentine's Day be the same without conversation hearts?

We didn't know how much we loved the conversation Sweethearts until they were unjustly swiped from grocery store shelves. Lovers everywhere are at a loss, not knowing how they will express their true feelings to their beaus and belles without the help of the pastel, toothpaste-tasting candies. Others rejoice at the Sweethearts' disappearance, saying their loss makes room for many more delicious candies and chocolates to be devoured. Can we survive Valentine's Day without conversation hearts? 

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Sweetheart conversation hearts are produced by Necco, a candy company more than a century old. When a new parent company swooped in and purchased the ailing Necco, Sweetheart factories did not have enough time to set up production for its "yearly 8 million hearts" by the 2019 Valentine's Day season. 

Everywhere, customers are frantically searching for the small treats to no avail. As Vox's Kaitlyn Tiffany puts it:

Yes, conversation hearts are a little bit of a joke, but they’re our joke. They’re a cultural shorthand for the pretty facade and ultimate disappointment of romantic conventions. They are not pleasant to eat, and yet we want them. They’ve been around for more than a century: The technology to slice wafer candy was invented by Oliver R. Chase in 1847, and his brother Daniel created a machine that could print words on candies in 1866.
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But not to worry, there are other options available. Brach's knockoff conversation candies are still wildly available. It's true that the candies are not identical, but if you rely on these treats to give words to the love you have in your heart, Brach's has you covered. 

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Blasphemy! Necco and Brach's produce wildly different candies. If you're going to eat the hearts, you have to eat the right kind. The New York Times' Jacey Fortin points out: 

Brach’s hearts come in many flavors and are generally a little thinner and softer than Sweethearts, and they are laser-printed rather than stamped.

Laser-printed? Seriously? Try giving your sweetheart fake flowers with their Brach's conversation hearts. See how it goes.

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Is it the same? No. Are we mad? No.

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