Candy Hearts: Where Are They Now?
Laura Lee - May 27, 2018


By Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And then I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head --
Too proud of me to speak!

The legendary one hundred and seventy year old candy maker best known for its inscribed miniature hearts that are everywhere to be seen on Valentine’s Day received a sweet message from a competitor saying Be Mine.  Spangler Candy Co., an Ohio based company won with an $18.83 million bid to buy over Necco at a federal bankruptcy auction in Boston.


According to Necco’s representatives, other companies were most interested in their sugar line, with wafers, candy dots, wafers, and of course the popular candy hearts with cute messages.  Necco, known as the oldest candy company in America simply could not keep up with multinational competitors and filed for bankruptcy.


Thankfully, they were able to find a buyer that will (hopefully) keep our favorite heart candies on the market forever and always.