Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Sweethearts! The bestselling treats made by the country’s oldest multi-line candy company weren’t always heart-shaped. The original assortment included horseshoes, baseballs, postcards, and watches.
In keeping with tradition, Sweethearts have been made from the same simple recipe since 1902, when they were first introduced.
But it’s clear their confectioner knows a thing or two about trendsetting too. NECCO began unveiling a handful of new phrases in the early 1990s, an idea spurred by then-vice president Walter Marshall. Original mottoes still in the mix include “Be Mine,” “Be Good,” Kiss Me,” and — of course — “Sweet Talk.” “True Love” was resurrected from the early 1900s to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary, in 1997.
Here, over a decade’s worth of sweet sayings offer plenty of ways to speak from your heart.
2009: A Menu of Love
RECIPE 4 LOVE TABLE 4 TWO STIR MY HEART MY TREAT TOP CHEF SUGAR PIE SWEET LOVE HONEY BUN SPICE IT UP YUM YUM
2008: Love’s in the Forecast
MELT MY ♥ IN A FOG CHILL OUT CLOUD NINE HEAT WAVE SUN SHINE GET MY DRIFT WILD LIFE NATURE LOVER DO GOOD
2007: Animal Attraction
COOL CAT PUPPY LOVE TAKE A WALK MY PET BEAR HUG TOP DOG URA TIGER GO FISH LOVE BIRD PURR FECT
2006: Home and Family
TO AND ILU HOUSE PARTY HOME RUN CALL HOME SWEET HOME GO HOME HOME SOON HOME SICK
2005: The Game of Love #1 FAN DREAM TEAM FIT FOR LOVE LOVE LIFE BE A SPORT LOVE MY TEAM CHEER ME ON BE MY HERO HEART OF GOLD ALL-STAR