5 Reasons to Love those Little Candy Hearts
January 16, 2012
Everyone's had them and odds are you've decided you hate them over time. But the little candy hearts are a Valentine's Day staple and, like it or not, they are here to stay.
So we're actually going to play devil's advocate here and pull for the underdog candy heart. Trust me, it's not an easy thing to do, those candies are chalky and unpleasant, but everyone knows them and if they were really so horrible, you'd think they'd have gone out of business by now.
Let's take a loot at 5 Reasons to Love Those Little Candy Hearts.
1. The Short-Hand Messages
This is easily the best feature of the little candy hearts. Long before you ever try to eat them, you enjoy them for the messages they share. From "Hug Me" and "Real Love" to "Let's Kiss" and "My Baby", there are an endless variety of messages for valentines sweethearts to share with each other.
These little messages come in handy most of all when you are trying to get the attention of a crush. If you've had your eyes on someone and just haven't known how to approach them or make your opening move, all you need to do is send a little bag of candy their way. The simple and effective candy hearts will share your thoughts and feelings in ways that you never can: via sugar.
2. Bright Colors
Chocolate may taste a lot better than these candy hearts, but it's not nearly as eye catching. The bright and fun colors of the candy hearts are another factor that set them apart.
The candy hearts don't feature every color you'd find in a box of crayons, but they do offer enough variety that a pile of them is sure to put a smile on your face. One word of advice though, don't think that a color doesn't corresponds to a flavor. According to the CandyBlog.net, white tastes like a wintergreen breath mint, purple tastes like 'foul bitter grapes', orange like orange (surprisingly), green like lime, yellow like banana, and pink like cherry.
As we've already said, these candy hearts were something you surely encountered during your childhood. And that goes for anyone born after 1901. Yes, that's how old the Sweethearts are.
So even though there isn't much to alike about the candy at any given moment, it may have played a key part in some cherished memory of yours when you first handed one to a boy or girl or were on the receiving end. Even if you don't have a sweet memory with the candy, you're sure to recall how bad you thought they tasted when you first had them.
Much like the recipe, the cost of the candy hearts hasn't really changed much in 100 years. Generally on sale for about $0.20/box, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value for candy.
You could argue that you get what you pay for with this (and you'd be right), but a deal is a deal. And with roughly 36 candy hearts to a box, 20-cents is a great value. With the current economy, this can be a good way to make a small valentine's budget go a long way.
5. Low Calories
Since you're only getting about 36 candy hearts in a box, and there are only 110 calories in each serving (the whole box), you're looking at just a few calories per candy heart (about 3.05 each).
With valentine's day coming during a long winter and after a holiday season in which many of us overeat, the candy hearts are a great way to indulge your sweet tooth without packing on the pounds. You know that those Lindor Truffles are delicious, but you hate yourself when you catch a glimpse of the nutrition facts on the side.
Do you Love or Hate the Candy Hearts?