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Why Are Valentine’s Day And Chocolate and So Intertwined?

Why are about 1.1 billion boxed chocolates — that’s about 58 million pounds of chocolate candy — sold in the United States during the week before Valentine’s Day? Why not Twizzlers or Gummy Bears? Chocolate infatuation began around 2,000 years ago when the higher echelon in the Mayan and Aztec societies infused cocoa beans with […]

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Why A Red Heart? And More Valentine’s Day Q & A …

When did we start exchanging Valentines? Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. In 1382 Chaucer wrote a 700 line poem called the “Parliament of Foules” in honor of the first anniversary of King Richard II of England and Anne of Bohemia’s engagement which is thought to include the first written […]

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How Did Candy Conversation Hearts Get To Be A Symbol Of Valentine’s Day?

Oh those romantic American colonists! They would give gifts of homemade hard candy with messages etched into the surface to their sweethearts. Years later the founder of NECCO and his brother, who developed the process of printing red vegetable dye mottos on candy, turned this tradition into a business. The candy’s original shape wasn’t a heart, […]

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Memories Of Childhood: Heart-Shaped Candy With A Special Message

  Do you remember getting — or giving – those pastel candy hearts and secretly hoping that you’d get one with a special message?  Maybe you still share them with those special to you – or help your kids pick the ones they want to share. “Be Mine,” “Kiss me,”  “XOXO” The brightly colored hearts […]

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St. Valentine, Chocolate, and Heart Shaped Boxes

February 14th means red hearts, candy, flowers and gifts all in the name of St. Valentine. But who was Saint Valentine? The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different martyred saints named Valentine.  All of the stories emphasize Valentine’s sympathetic, heroic, and romantic appeal. In one of them, a priest in third century Rome defied […]

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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Valentine’s Day

1. When Did We Start Exchanging Valentines? Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. The first commercial Valentine’s Day cards in the US were created in the 1840s. British Valentine’s Day celebrations started around the 17th century and by the middle of the 18th century all social classes exchanged tokens of […]

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Chocolate And Valentines: Like Birds Of A Feather They Stick Together

Why are about 1.1 billion boxed chocolates — that’s about 58 million pounds of chocolate candy — sold in the United States during the week before Valentine’s Day? Why not twizzlers or gummy bears? What Is It About Chocolate That Makes It The “Romantic” Candy? Chocolate infatuation began around 2,000 years ago. The higher echelon […]

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Are You Ready For Some Conversation (Hearts)?

“Be Mine,” “Kiss me,”  “Sweet Talk, ” “Tweet Me.” Candy hearts, originally called motto hearts, the brightly colored heart shaped candy with the stamped red sayings, have been iconic Valentine’s Day treats since 1902. Also known as conversation hearts, motto hearts, and sweethearts, they’re manufactured by NECCO, the New England Confectionery Company, which has been […]

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Why Do We Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages. In the US the first commercial Valentine’s Day cards were created in the 1840s.  February 14th has come to mean red hearts, candy, flowers and gifts all in the name of St. Valentine. But who was Saint Valentine? Who Was St. Valentine? The Catholic […]

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A Box Of Chocolates

In the US chocolate candy outsells all other types of candy combined, by 2 to 1.  Around seven billion pounds of chocolate candy are manufactured each year in the US and during the week before Valentine’s Day about 1.1 billion boxed chocolates,  about 58 million pounds, will be sold. There are 2300 calories, 140 grams […]

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