Things will be a little less sweet this year.

By Christopher Luu
Jan 23, 2019 @ 7:15 pm

Love 'em or hate 'em, Necco's Sweethearts, the conversation heart candies that come around every year for Valentine's Day, won't be available this year. CNBC reports that Necco went out of business in 2018 and that the company that's taken over manufacturing the holiday hearts, Spangler Candy Company, didn't have enough time to get the candy on shelves.

"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," Kirk Vashaw, Spangler's chairman and CEO, said. Spangler's best-known candy is Dum Dums, so there shouldn't be any worries about them following through with the promise to bring the candy back as soon as possible.

But fans are already mourning the loss. Middle school crushes and rom-com heroes are going to have to find a new way to express themselves through sugary treats.

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If all goes according to Spangler's plan, Sweethearts will be back in 2020 and everyone can go back to offering their crushes chalky pastel-colored candy — or just ignoring them, instead.