Krispy Kreme Wants to Save Valentine's Day With Conversation Heart Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme
Krispy Kreme

The Necco company has been defunct since last summer, but former customers are reliving the loss this month as one of the brand's signature candies has failed to show up on shelves for Valentine's Day. This year marks the first time in decades that Sweethearts won't be available around the holiday. But fans of the sentimental treat shouldn't despair: Food & Wine reports that Krispy Kreme has stepped up with its own super-sized version of the classic conversation hearts.

The conversation doughnuts come in the same pastel colors and are printed with the same sentimental sayings as the candies you remember. One box may be filled with terms of endearment like "CRAZY 4 U," "LOVE," and "CALL ME," each in the familiar red lettering.

The similarities between Necco's and Krispy Kreme's creations stop there. Instead of the chalky love-it-or-hate it candy, the messages are printed on frosted doughnuts. They come with one of four fillings: strawberries and kreme, cake batter, chocolate kreme, or raspberry.

The special doughnuts will be available for a limited time from January 30 through Valentine's Day. If a pastry doesn't quite satisfy your craving for conservation hearts this February, don't worry: Spangler Candy, the company that bought Necco last year, promises to revive Sweethearts and other classics like Necco Wafers by next year.

[h/t Food & Wine]

Take Advantage of Amazon's Early Black Friday Deals on Tech, Kitchen Appliances, and More

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Amazon

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Even though Black Friday is still a few days away, Amazon is offering early deals on kitchen appliances, tech, video games, and plenty more. We will keep updating this page as sales come in, but for now, here are the best Amazon Black Friday sales to check out.

Kitchen

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- Instant Pot Duo Plus 9-in-115 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker; $90 (save $40) 

- Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Sauteuse 3.5 Quarts; $180 (save $120)

- KitchenAid KSMSFTA Sifter with Scale Attachment; $95 (save $75) 

- Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker; $60 (save $20)

- Cuisinart Bread Maker; $88 (save $97)

- Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker; $139 (save $60)

- Aicook Juicer Machine; $35 (save $15)

- JoyJolt Double Wall Insulated Espresso Mugs - Set of Two; $14 (save $10) 

- Longzon Silicone Stretch Lids - Set of 14; $13 (save $14)

HadinEEon Milk Frother; $37 (save $33)

Home Appliances

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- iRobot Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum with Wi-Fi Connectivity; $179 (save $101)

- Fairywill Electric Toothbrush with Four Brush Heads; $19 (save $9)

- ASAKUKI 500ml Premium Essential Oil Diffuser; $22 (save $4)

- Facebook Portal Smart Video Calling 10 inch Touch Screen Display with Alexa; $129 (save $50)

- Bissell air320 Smart Air Purifier with HEPA and Carbon Filters; $280 (save $50)

Oscillating Quiet Cooling Fan Tower; $59 (save $31) 

TaoTronics PTC 1500W Fast Quiet Heating Ceramic Tower; $55 (save $10)

Vitamix 068051 FoodCycler 2 Liter Capacity; $300 (save $100)

AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Home Office Shredder; $33 (save $7)

Ring Video Doorbell; $70 (save $30) 

Video games

Nintendo

- Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

- Marvel's Spider-Man: Game of The Year Edition for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $20)

- Marvel's Avengers; $27 (save $33)

- Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition for Nintendo Switch; $20 (save $10)

- The Last of Us Part II for PlayStation 4; $30 (save $30)

- LEGO Harry Potter: Collection; $15 (save $15)

- Ghost of Tsushima; $40 (save $20)

BioShock: The Collection; $20 (save $30)

The Sims 4; $20 (save $20)

God of War for PlayStation 4; $10 (save $10)

Days Gone for PlayStation 4; $20 (save $6)

Luigi's Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch; $40 (save $20)

Computers and tablets

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- Apple MacBook Air 13 inches with 256 GB; $899 (save $100)

- New Apple MacBook Pro 16 inches with 512 GB; $2149 (save $250) 

- Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6 inches with 32 GB; $210 (save $20) 

- Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5 inch Touch-Screen; $1200 (save $400)

- Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Laptop; $889 (save $111)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet (64GB); $120 (save $70)

- Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet (32 GB); $130 (save $70)

- Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8 inches with 32 GB; $100 (save $50)

Apple iPad Mini (64 GB); $379 (save $20)

- Apple iMac 27 inches with 256 GB; $1649 (save $150)

- Vankyo MatrixPad S2 Tablet; $120 (save $10)

Tech, gadgets, and TVs

Apple/Amazon

- Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS; $179 (save $20) 

- SAMSUNG 75-inch Class Crystal 4K Smart TV; $998 (save $200)

- Apple AirPods Pro; $199 (save $50)

- Nixplay 2K Smart Digital Picture Frame 9.7 Inch Silver; $238 (save $92)

- All-New Amazon Echo Dot with Clock and Alexa (4th Gen); $39 (save $21)

- MACTREM LED Ring Light 6" with Tripod Stand; $16 (save $3)

- Anker Soundcore Upgraded Bluetooth Speaker; $22 (save $8)

- Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote; $28 (save $12)

Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera with EF-M 15-45mm Lens; $549 (save $100)

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector; $93 (save $37)

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Take the Stress Out of the Holidays With Live Christmas Tree Delivery and Light Installation From Walmart

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Carolyn Christine, Unsplash

Between baking cookies, shopping for presents, and decorating the house, getting into the holiday spirit can take a lot of work. In 2020, Walmart is offering to take care of a couple steps for you. The retail company will deliver a live Christmas tree to your home and hang up your lights in time for the holidays, USA Today reports.

Opting for a live evergreen over an artificial one no longer requires a trip to a Christmas tree farm. After shopping for the tree you want by size and type online, Walmart will deliver it to your home during your preferred delivery window. Tree sizes range from 3 feet to 6 feet tall, with the smallest ones costing $55 and the largest going for $117.

Walmart can take care of another cumbersome task this holiday season, too. Instead of risking your wellness and sanity while hanging up string lights, you can hire someone else to install them for you. In partnership with Handy, Walmart will untangle your lights and hang them up outside your home. The only thing they won't do is supply the materials: You can either provide your own lights or purchase them when you book your service. Single-story house installations cost $129 and two-story homes cost $199.

The holidays may look different for many families in 2020, and Walmart wants to make getting into the festive spirit as safe and easy as possible. You can book their special holiday services through their website today.

[h/t USA Today]