If you blinked, you may have missed the news that NECCO abruptly closed its candy factory on Wednesday. The plant produced NECCO Wafers, NECCO Sweethearts, Clark Bars and Mighty Malts.

The owner of the factory, Round Hill Investments, LLC shut down operations in Revere, Massachusetts quite abruptly and with no advance notice to its nearly 230 employees. Open since 1847, the New England Confectionary Company is the oldest candy company in America, though has gone through several name changes over the last 150 years.


Round Hill has sold NECCO to an unnamed company and there’s no word yet if it will continue to produce the conversation hearts that are staple come Valentine’s Day. While February 14th is not on our celebration radar as of yet, we’ve come up with a few places to still get those candy conversation hearts we all know and love.

Brach's Tiny Conversation Hearts

Flavors: Classic flavors most similar to the NECCO Sweethearts

Where to Buy: Amazon, and seasonally at Hy-Vee & Walmart 

Wonka Sweet Tart Hearts

Flavors: Tangy flavors that will make you pucker

Where to Buy: Amazon

Jelly Belly Conversation Jelly Beans

True, these aren't conversation hearts but they are jelly beans and that's kinda the next best thing!

Flavors: Mixed variety of 5 sour-flavored jelly beans

Where to Buy: Candy Warehouse

Sour Patch Kids Conversation Hearts

Flavors: Mixed variety of your favorite sweet and sour flavors

Where to Buy: Amazon, Candy Warehouse

Hershey Valentine's Conversation Kisses

Chocolate is always a good idea, and even those these aren't hearts, you can't beat the classic chocolate kiss, come Valentine's Day.

Flavors: Milk Chocolate

Where to Buy: Amazon

Romantic Sweet Talkin' Taffy

Flavors: Vanilla & Strawberry

Where to Buy: Candy Warehouse

Smarties Love Hearts

Flavors: Your fave sweet and tart Smarties flavors

Where to Buy: Smarties Store


––Karly Wood

Feature Photo: Obi Onyeador via Unsplash


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