a conversation about conversation hearts


Why conversation hearts? They’re gross.  -Andy


Dear Andy,

Why? Nostalgia.

Why else? Certainly not for the actual conversation:

“Hi, would you like some Valentine’s candy?”
“What kind?”
“Conversation hearts.”
“No.”     – end of conversation

But who doesn’t see these popping up on Walgreen’s shelves around January 2 and get a warm, sentimental feeling of “too soon!”?

Who doesn’t have painful, anxious memories of having to give a valentine to everyone in your 3rd grade class and sorting out all of the candy hearts to be sure you didn’t give the boys any that said “Kiss Me” or “True Love,” rather they got the misprints or the “Best Day”s?


Nostalgia for a time gone by….. specifically for 1902 when Necco started these wordy candies and they were all the rage. (they actually started on larger ‘lozenge’ type wafers and according to Wiki were handed out at weddings with longer sayings like “Married in white, you have chosen right” or “Married in satin, love will not be lasting.” ouch.)

I mean, what would Valentine’s Day be without a few chalky morsels doing their best to bridge the charm of yesteryear while keeping up with the times? Necco gets hundreds of suggestions for new sayings each year and only the *best* are added: Fax Me. Purr Fect. Bae. (i think i will suggest “Shame” next year….)

In conclusion, I love you. Be mine, cutie pie.

Dessert Oasis


Have a dessert question?  Email me at courtneysconza@gmail.com – from funnel cakes to fondue fountains, if it has sugar, I’ve probably eaten it.

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