2 BAD: Sweethearts Conversation Hearts Have Been Cancelled This Valentine’s Day

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If you visit the candy aisle of your local grocery store in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, you might notice that one item is strangely missing: Sweethearts. The candy conversation hearts with cutesy sayings—like Be Mine and Hug Me—won’t be sold at all this year, according to CNBC.

The New England Confectionery Company (Necco), which originally owned the Sweethearts brand as well as Necco Wafers, went out of business last year. However, the Spangler Candy Company, which makes Dum Dums and Circus Peanuts, stepped in and bought the company. (And yes, the humor in Circus Peanuts coming to the rescue of Necco Wafers has not gone unnoticed. At the time of the acquisition last September, a Cracked headline read, "America's Worst Candy Is Saved By Its Second-Worst Candy.”)

At any rate, the new owner promised that both Sweethearts and Necco Wafers would be back on store shelves by 2020. As for this year, Sweethearts' absence will be sorely missed. According to Candystore.com, conversation heart candies were the most popular Valentine’s Day treat in 2018. There are other brands that make similar candies, but Sweethearts led sales by a large margin.

“If the biggest brand vanished, would conversation hearts still be the most popular candy? Not even close,” Candystore.com notes, adding that conversation heart sales are expected to drop by 80 percent this year.

Here are a few other statistics about America’s favorite candy heart brand:

SweetHearts Candy Facts CandyStore.com

Sweethearts have been around since 1886, and for many customers, it’s the nostalgia surrounding these treats that makes them so irresistible. Sure, you can still find a bag or two on websites like Amazon, but those candies are leftover from previous years—so be sure to check the expiration date first.

[h/t CNBC]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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Make a Holiday Feast Fit for the Crawleys With the New Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

Dine as lavishly as the Earl of Grantham this holiday season with the Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook.
Dine as lavishly as the Earl of Grantham this holiday season with the Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook.
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For Downton Abbey fans, the holidays probably haven't felt quite the same ever since the show's final Christmas episode—and series finale—aired back in 2015. But if you miss the drama, the opulence, and the familiarity of your favorite upper-crust period drama, you can try your best to recreate it with The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook, which is available for pre-order on Amazon for $31.

The publisher, Weldon Owens, has already released similar books to bring viewers closer to the Crawley clan, such as The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook ($23), The Official Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea Cookbook ($16), and The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book ($17). And this new Christmas edition preps you for an upscale holiday dinner, complete with recipes taken from actual vintage cookbooks. You can start your feast with a bowl of pheasant soup before digging into Yorkshire Christmas pie and finishing it all off with the traditional figgy pudding.

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Along with the directions, you'll get bits of history about each dish and how it relates to the world of Downton Abbey. You’ll learn more about the different holiday traditions and get to relive memorable moments from the series along with quotes from the characters.

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The new Christmas cookbook is now available for pre-order on Amazon and will arrive on October 27.

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