So long, Sweethearts: Candy hearts not available for Valentine’s Day

So long, Sweethearts: Candy hearts not available for Valentine’s Day
Valentine Sweethearts candies made by the New England Confectionery Company, NECCO, some imprinted with new sentiments, are seen at their factory in Revere, Mass., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006. The company unveiled 10 new sayings to be spelled out on its traditional Valentine's Day heart candies, including the sweet promise, "Home Soon," and the saltier suggestion, "Go Home." NECCO president and CEO Domenic Antonellis said the home theme was developed with the troops in Iraq in mind. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki) (Source: CHITOSE SUZUKI)

(Gray News) - Want to tell someone “Be Mine” with your Valentine’s candy? Those popular little candy hearts aren’t going to be there to help you.

The vicissitudes of the business world have left this Valentine’s Day heartless.

The company that used to make Sweethearts and NECCO wafers, New England Candy Co., went out of business in July 2018 after being purchased by an investment firm in a bankruptcy auction.

The rights to make the candy hearts was bought by Spangler Candy Co. in the fall of last year, which was apparently not enough time to start production.

In a statement to, Spangler CEO Kirk Vashaw said, “We are looking forward to announcing the relaunch of Sweethearts for the 2020 Valentine’s Day season.”

It takes 11 months to craft enough little hearts to meet demand for the No. 1 selling Valentine’s Day treat. Those 8 billion candies are all sold in a six-week period, said.

On a web page devoted to the heart-shaped confections, Spangler said, “Look for announcements to learn when these products become available!”

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