Distance makes the heart grow fonder? Sweethearts won't be available at stores this year

Sweethearts - Cropped Photo: Parnote @ Wikimedia Commons via MGN Online

PORTLAND, Ore. (KATU) - Sweethearts, the classic Valentine’s Day candy, won’t be for sale on store shelves this year.

According to CandyStore.com, Sweethearts are on a brief hiatus, while Spangler Candy Company takes over production of the popular, heart-shaped candy and NECCO Wafers.

Spangler Candy Company purchased some brands from the New England Confectionery Company, NECCO, after the company shut down on July 24, 2018. Unfortunately, CandyStore.com reports that there wasn’t enough time between the date of purchase and Valentine’s Day to get Sweethearts on store shelves.

“We look forward to announcing the Sweethearts relaunch for the 2020 Valentine season, and hope to reintroduce Necco Wafers to the marketplace in 2019,” Spangler Company said in an online press release.

Experts say any Sweethearts found online this year are left over from previous years.

NECCO had been making Sweethearts since 1886. It produced about 100,000 pounds of Sweethearts every day.

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