NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — With less than three weeks until Valentine’s, there’s been a “heartbreaking” update from candy aisles across the United States.
Sweethearts — the classic chalky little candies with messages for your special someone — won’t be on store shelves this Valentine’s Day.READ MORE: Internal Investigation Underway After Rochester Police Officer Pepper Sprays Woman In Front Of Her Child
Necco had been making the popular candies since 1886, but the New England-based company filed for bankruptcy protection last spring and went out of business in July.
Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. bought Necco in May.
Despite Spangler’s vow to keep some of Necco’s favorites going, the company announced on Thursday that it didn’t have enough time to produce enough Sweethearts to market this Valentine’s season.READ MORE: Fruit Stand Worker Injured In East Side Crash Still In Pain, But Grateful To Be Alive: 'I Thank God Morning And Night'
It reportedly takes about 11 months to make enough candies to meet demand each year.
CEO Kirk Vashaw said Spangler wants to make sure Sweethearts “meet customer expectations” when they return to market, possibly in 2020.
Competitors like Brach’s are still making conversation hearts however, online retailer CandyStore.com says Sweethearts were by far the most popular brand. The Necco classic commanded 80 percent of U.S. market for candy hearts.MORE NEWS: Queens Neighbor Holds Rally In Solidarity With Asian-American Community
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