Thinking of buying candies for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day but aren’t sure what kind of sweets to purchase? Then let candy wholesaler CandyStore.com help you make your choice with its recently unveiled interactive candy map.
Using sales data from the past 11 years from its online bulk candy store and its industry partners, CandyStore.com has determined the most favorite Valentine’s Day candy in America. Click here to see the full interactive candy map, which illustrates the top three most popular Valentine’s Day confectionery in each of the country’s 50 states.
Taking the number one spot in 23 states (Vermont, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, California, and Hawaii), conversation hearts is America’s most preferred Valentine’s Day candy in 2018.
Right behind the conversation hearts is the heart-shaped box of chocolates. It’s the top Valentine’s candy choice in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, Mississippi, Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Washington, Nevada, and Alaska.
Sadly, despite being last year’s most loved Valentine’s Day candy, conversation hearts will not be able to keep its title this 2019, as the production of the biggest brand of conversation hearts, Sweethearts, has been put on hold.
The New England Confectionery Company, Necco, for short, is the original manufacturer of Sweethearts. Necco had been making the heart-shaped candies with cute sayings on them, since 1886. But since Necco was sold to Spangler Candy Company last year, the production of the beloved candy has been stopped indefinitely.
“We wish we could have Sweethearts out for the 2019 Valentine season, but it’s just not possible,” a rep for Spangler said in a statement to CandyStore.com. “We are committed to making sure these brands meet consumer expectations when they re-enter the market. Doing it right takes time.”