Every year, as the second month of the year begins, grocery stores everywhere are burdened with the sudden appearance of old-fashioned, archaic relics of past relationship trends. Pink boxes filled with small pastel candies fill the aisles, surrounded by red roses and chocolate boxes.
Unfortunately, it seems these candy hearts are in need of an update to fit the Internet age.
Initially, the sweethearts appeared in 1847 when its creator, Oliver R. Chase, started a candy factory to add to his wafer company. For decades since, the small candy hearts have spread simple and sweet messages of love and affection. “LOVE YOU,” “MY BABY,” and “TRUE LOVE” are some of the most famous conversation hearts’ messages.
Truthfully, however, modern lovers do not speak like that anymore. Outward displays of affection are often replaced with Instagram posts or Tweets for teenagers who talk more over phones than in real life.
For these teenagers,“BE MINE” simply does not have the staying power as “U GOT KIK?” does.
To be sure, the company behind candy hearts, NECCO, has included newer sayings such as “FAX ME.” For the 2009 movie “Twilight,” the company added themed hearts such as “I