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Why Candy Hearts Won’t Be Available This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day has always been associated with chocolates, teddy bears, and Sweethearts candy hearts—at least the dreamy TV version of the holiday. This year, middle schoolers will not be able to say “I Love U” through a cute candy, because the sweets won’t be available for sale.

Vox reports that Necco, the candy company that makes the hearts, was purchased by a new company and didn’t have the time or resources to manufacture the highly requested candy. They’ll be back by 2020 though, so don’t freak out just yet.

“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. We look forward to announcing the Sweethearts relaunch for the 2020 Valentine season,” said a company spokesperson.

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Interestingly enough, these candies have been a part of American tradition since the late 1800s. Early messages said strange things like “Married in white, you have chosen right,” and “Married in satin, love will not be lasting,” which is hilarious. The candies were primarily handed out in weddings, and after time managed to thread themselves into our culture’s view of romance.

If you’re worried about finding other delicious Valentine’s Day candies, don’t stress out; candy hearts are not that tasty. If you’re a sucker for nostalgia then we’re sorry, and you’ll have to brave through this Valentine’s Day without your candy hearts.

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