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Those tiny candy hearts with Valentine’s Day sayings have 170 years of history

They may not be top of mind this Valentine’s Day, but you’ll likely see them scattered around tables and in dishes next to the flowers, candy and other Valentine’s gifts that are given out this year.

We’re talking about Sweethearts , and yes that’s their official name although they’re also referred to as conversation hearts. They’ve seemingly been around forever. And as and it turns out, there’s an interesting history behind these sugary treats that dates back to 1847.

A candy-making machine

That’s when Boston pharmacist Oliver Chase was looking to get in on the apothecary lozenge

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