Like many people for many years I have purchase a bag of conversation hearts around this time of year...to decorate, to have looking cute in a bowl. It just wouldn't be Valentine's Day without them!
I've even stayed up on any news that involves these little romantic message vessels...how they are one of the oldest candies out there, (Necco, since 1847) that they've managed to stay hip and "with the times" when they add such messages like FAX ME, EMAIL ME, WWW.CUPID, and BABY DADDY. http://www.haversack.com/haversack/hearts.htm
There's even people out there that go to great lengths to personalize their hearts: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/messageheartsagain?mbid=synd_huffpost
And of course, THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT.
But never, not since I was a kid, have I popped a heart in my mouth. As I recall, they tasted chalky and gross. And then....
I tried one.
After all this time....they must have changed the formula! (Guess I wasn't as up on the latest news as I thought I was.) They are kinda fruity, and although still chalky I don't seem to mind it as much.
Now I'm reading that they did change the flavor! AND then sales went down. Moreover, there's a campaign (really just a page) on Facebook that is trying to get Necco to go back to the old flavors.