Don't we love those conversation hearts?
Where did they get their start? And when?
Candy hearts are made by the New England Confectionery Compay, Necco.
In 1847, a man named Oliver Chase invented a machine that cut candies into the shape of a circle (the original Necco Wafers - I love those). He opened a candy factory. His brother invented a machine that stamped onto the little circle candies. The candies they made had romantic sayings on them like, "married in white - you have chosen right", "married in pink - he will take a drink", etc.
It wasn't until 1901 that the heart shaped candies started being made. Today there are lots of sayings that are new and Necco receives hundred of suggestions every year. Have any of your own suggestions for sayings on the hearts?
These are the smaller conversation hearts but there are a larger 3/4 inch size also.
Crafting with Conversation Hearts:
Blue Moss makes a heart candy ring:
Happiness is Homemade kids candy craft...
Amanda Jane made some DARLING centerpieces. Awesome.
Candy Heart Art
Jamie of All Trades makes cupcake toppers.
Candy Heart Coasters
How about some cupcakes?
Hope you enjoyed these conversation heart ideas! I know I'm inspired. Please visit some of the links above..