Since 1902, the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) has produced more than 250 billion candy hearts -- sweet confections that have become as ubiquitous as chocolate on Valentine's Day. Today, the hearts are made using a process that has hardly changed over a century, and they still bear the same classic slogans ("Be Mine," "Sweet Talk") as well as a few newer sayings ("You Go Girl," "You Rule").
Between January 1 and February 14, NECCO will mix enough sugar with corn syrup, gelatin, colors, and flavoring to produce 100,000 pounds of candy hearts a day. The same basic flavors have remained unchanged: orange, cherry, banana, lemon, grape, and wintergreen. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company also manufactures NECCO Wafers, Sky Bars, Mary Janes, and Haviland Thin Mints.
Walter Marshall, Vice president, corporate logistics and planning
The New England Confectionery Company
254 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139