Find Out What Conversation Hearts Said on Them in the 1860s

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Valentine’s Day conversation hearts were invented long ago by a Boston candymaker named Oliver Chase in the 1860s. 

According to Mike McGee, the president and CEO of Necco, the company that manufactures modern day Sweethearts, the 1860s treats consisted of a candy shell with a paper note inside a la a fortune cookie. 

According to Real Simple, in 1866, Chase’s brother Daniel then had the idea to print messages directly onto the candy. At the time, the candies were in all shapes like “baseballs, horseshoes, watches, and yes, hearts.”

In the 1900s, the brothers’ company, the New England Confectionery Company — which is now Necco — decided to make just heart shapes and called them Sweethearts, which we know and love today.

See below for what the adorable creations have said throughout the years:

1800s: Courtly and poetic

MAY I SEE YOU HOME AFTER THE CIRCUS?

PLEASE SEND A LOCK OF HAIR BY RETURN MAIL

YOUR LIPS ARE LIKE A ROSE

1900s: Bossy and definitive

BE MINE

KISS ME

MARRY ME

THE ONE I LOVE

1950s: Rock-and-roll pet names

HEP CAT

HOT DAWG

SUGAR PIE

YAK YAK

1990s: Snarky sweetness

1-800 CUPID

AS IF

FAX ME

LET'S DO LUNCH

2016: Tech talk

#LOVE

HOLLA

TXT ME

SWEET TWEET

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