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How good are candy hearts on Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2023

Conversation candy hearts: yay


It’s Valentine’s Day, and as classmates are exchanging gifts, one student is particularly excited. In their hand are the tasty conversation candy hearts they couldn’t wait to receive. They eagerly open the box right away to eat them.
Conversation candy hearts have been a classic gift on Valentine’s Day for years. Some people have expressed they have a bad taste, or that they’re cringy and tacky, but what these people are failing to see is the meaning behind the small hearts with little messages written on them.
In a recent survey, 66.7% of 132 students said they like the conversation candy hearts. So, overall, people do appreciate these candies.
According to, conversation candy hearts were first created in the 1860s. They have been a tradition since then. Some students said that even though they don’t have the best taste, they’re a tradition for their friends/family so it’s something they always eat for Valentine’s Day.
Along with the tradition aspect, candy hearts are cute and send positive vibes to whoever is receiving them.The phrases written on them make many people smile around the love-filled holiday. The sayings even get updated to have more modern messages printed in order to stay relevant but still the same candy.
Some students don’t think they taste good; however, lots of students said they enjoy the sweet flavor of the candy hearts. While many only indulge on the treats during Valentine’s Day, they look forward to eating a candy with a unique taste and texture.
People should be more willing to give the candy a chance and appreciate the thoughtfulness behind receiving a box of them. I hope everyone gets to experience the joy of these candies as a heartfelt gift during the Valentine’s season.

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Conversation candy hearts: nay


Love is in the air and so is the smell of chocolate, candy, and roses. However there’s one smell that plagues them all: the traditional candy conversation heart. 

First made in 1866, this tradition has followed kids through generations and generations. Haven’t we outgrown this candy yet? 

It has become evident that, while it was popular in the past, it is starting to lose its popularity. 

According to a poll taken of 103 students, the sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin treat has recently been described as chalky, terrible, grainy, cliche, and cringy. 

Some may try and argue that the candy hearts are a cute and thoughtful gesture or that they are a classic tradition. However, I beg to differ. 

There are plenty of other options to get the same messages across with something that would taste one hundred times better. Then as for it being a tradition, we need to grow with the new coming years and make our own traditions. 

If not already clear, these candies are outdated. They’ve been here since 1866! And in reference to the ingredients, there is no flavor added but pure sugar. 

The packaging these treats come in is tacky as well. It’s simply a cardboard box with tiny chalk covered candy inside. 

I can only think of one solution to this problem; hand out another type of candy or think of something more creative. I can assure that that special someone will appreciate a gift with a little thoughtfulness and creativity more than a simple pre-made box.

What happened to the thoughtfulness in Valentine’s Day gifts? These candy conversation hearts are just another way to put little to no thought in a gift whatsoever. Be creative people; no one wants the same thing that everyone gets everyone!

I don’t know about you, but I will definitely save myself the pain and sadness by avoiding these hearts. I’d rather break someone else’s with the truth than pretend to like these treats.

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