Thinking of getting your partner Sweethearts? It's a classic Valentine's Day gift, with the iconic sayings like "Be mine" etched into them. It's simple, classic and easy. A no-brainer, right?
Well, you can't get them this year. The company that made them, NECCO (short for New England Confectionery Co.), declared bankruptcy in March of 2018, and by the time Spangler Candy Company purchased the rights to both Sweethearts and NECCO wafers, there wasn't going to be enough time to create the amount that would be needed for one of the most popular candies of the holiday. You'll have to wait for next Valentine's Day to get them.
That means you need to think of a new plan. Lucky for you, Valentine's Day candy generates billions in sales per year. There is no shortage of options whether you need Valentine's Day candy for your partner, children, office and plenty more. Any preference in candy or chocolate can be found this time of year. Just don't wind up running desperately to your closest grocery store on Feb. 13.
Here are some candy options in lieu of Sweethearts for this Valentine's Day.
Godiva 14-Piece Valentine's Day Heart Chocolate Gift Box
Classy and romantic, the Godiva heart-shaped box of assorted chocolates has everything you need for the end of a lovely Valentine's Day evening: a classic floral design, and a varied assortment of chocolates to share. Find your favorite chocolate inside, or maybe discover a new favorite by mistake.
Dove Pink Champagne & Milk Chocolate Swirl Hearts
A popular and less costly option than Godiva, Dove has released a Valentine's Day chocolate in time for the holiday. Heart-shaped chocolates with a pink champagne and milk chocolate swirl, they're wrapped in foil with little messages written on them, making them a great substitute for candy hearts.
Oreo Love Cookies
Another brand stepping in to give you snacks with phrases designed on the treat, Oreo has released a limited edition love-themed product just in time for Valentine's Day. If someone you love loves Oreos, it's a no-brainer to pick these up for them. The pink creme is described as "sweet and tangy," and the cookies have phrases like "Dunk in Love" etched into them. One sleeve of Oreos for them, and one for you.
Reese's Extravaganza Bouquet
Fancy chocolates are nice, to be sure. But who's going to turn down Reese's? Designed to resemble a bouquet of flowers, this "extravaganza bouquet" has 36 peanut butter cups arranged ever so delicately. It's hard to imagine not being excited to come home and find this on your kitchen table.
Brach's Tiny Conversation Hearts
Of course, if you or your partner are insistent on having candy conversation hearts, you still have options apart from Sweethearts. Brach's offers its own line of candy hearts with quick romantic phrases - Hug Me, Love You, etc. A great replacement for Sweethearts, these come in different sayings, colors and flavors.
Ghirardelli Valentine's Day Strawberry Bark
There is a line of Ghirardelli's famous chocolate squares available for a limited time for the holiday. These strawberry bark squares are a simple, convenient, and affordable treat for your valentine.
Peeps Marshmallow Hearts
Peeps are a particularly polarizing candy, but that just means that anyone in your life who loves them is sure to appreciate some on Valentine's Day. Strawberry-flavored red heart Peeps are simple and treat for the holiday and the cold weather.
Kiva Cannabis Blackberry Dark Chocolate Bar
Live in a state with legal marijuana? Weed chocolate could be a unique way to spice up the traditional Valentine's Day gift. Among the products Kiva, a cannabis confectionery, sells is a blackberry dark chocolate bar. Celebrate Valentine's Day legally and responsibly.
SweeTarts Heart-Shaped Lollipops
Perfect not just for loved ones but for your children to bring to school for Valentine's Day, these heart-shaped lollipops, complete with "to" and "from" on the wrapper, are a versatile treat for the holiday.