Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sweet Valentine Cuties

Conversation hearts have a history that extends back to the 1860s, when Daniel Chase created a machine to print messages onto candy hearts. These initial messages were primarily wedding-related and much longer than the ones with which we are familiar.

By 1902, the succinct love messages that we recognize began appearing on conversation hearts made by the New England Confectionary Company (NECCO). Initially, candies in a number of shapes—hearts, watches, horseshoes, baseballs—invited the recipient to offer a kiss or to be true. Eventually, these other candy shapes became history, but the hearts have remained. And their cuteness!!! xxxo

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