Here's Why Sweethearts Candy May Look Different This Valentine's Day

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The chalky, heart-shaped "SweetHearts" candies are synonymous with Valentine's Day—but this year, they may look a bit different.

That's because the machines needed to print the messages on each candy piece that say things like "I LOVE YOU" and "WON'T U B MINE?" didn't work properly, so some of the candies in this year's batch may have no messages at all.

Revere-based NECCO, the New England Confectionery Company, made the candies for nearly 120 years before going out of business in 2018.

In September 2018, NECCO was bought by Ohio-based Sprangler Candy Company, which also makes marshmallow circus peanuts and Dum-Dums lollipops.

The candies were a bit harder to find last year, as Sprangler couldn't quite match NECCO's rate of 100,000 lbs. of SweetHearts made every day for 11 months yet.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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