2 BAD: Sweethearts Conversation Hearts Have Been Cancelled This Valentine’s Day

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If you visit the candy aisle of your local grocery store in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, you might notice that one item is strangely missing: Sweethearts. The candy conversation hearts with cutesy sayings—like Be Mine and Hug Me—won’t be sold at all this year, according to CNBC.

The New England Confectionery Company (Necco), which originally owned the Sweethearts brand as well as Necco Wafers, went out of business last year. However, the Spangler Candy Company, which makes Dum Dums and Circus Peanuts, stepped in and bought the company. (And yes, the humor in Circus Peanuts coming to the rescue of Necco Wafers has not gone unnoticed. At the time of the acquisition last September, a Cracked headline read, "America's Worst Candy Is Saved By Its Second-Worst Candy.”)

At any rate, the new owner promised that both Sweethearts and Necco Wafers would be back on store shelves by 2020. As for this year, Sweethearts' absence will be sorely missed. According to Candystore.com, conversation heart candies were the most popular Valentine’s Day treat in 2018. There are other brands that make similar candies, but Sweethearts led sales by a large margin.

“If the biggest brand vanished, would conversation hearts still be the most popular candy? Not even close,” Candystore.com notes, adding that conversation heart sales are expected to drop by 80 percent this year.

Here are a few other statistics about America’s favorite candy heart brand:

SweetHearts Candy Facts CandyStore.com

Sweethearts have been around since 1886, and for many customers, it’s the nostalgia surrounding these treats that makes them so irresistible. Sure, you can still find a bag or two on websites like Amazon, but those candies are leftover from previous years—so be sure to check the expiration date first.

[h/t CNBC]

Microwave Your Food Safely With This Soft Silicone Lunch Box

ParentDiary
ParentDiary

Even if the contents of your lunch are healthy, the container you pack it in may pose a threat to your health. Heating up some plastic food storage containers can release harmful chemicals, which is why the American Academy of Pediatrics warns families to avoid putting such products in the microwave or dishwasher. (And there's still some debate as to what constitutes a microwave-safe plastic.) But the All-Silicone Lunch Box, a storage product currently raising money on Kickstarter, is strong enough to stand up to a range of temperatures, allowing you to safely put it in the freezer, the microwave, and the dishwasher.

This lunch container is made from silicone instead of plastic, making it a safer choice for kids and adults. The flexible box is easy to seal, open, and wash (either by hand or in the dishwasher). And whether you're using it to store leftovers in the freezer or heat up your lunch in the office kitchen, the All-Silicone Lunch Box is designed to maintain its shape and not leech anything unsavory into your food.

After originally releasing a single-compartment box, ParentDiary has now developed a lunch box with dividers, too. The container is now available with three compartments (perfect for snacks or bento boxes), or two compartments (with each side just big enough to fit half a sandwich).

The All-Silicone Lunch Box has over a month left to reach its $4000 funding goal and has raised $1000 so far.

Pledge $12 or more on Kickstarter by May 19 to reserve your own lunch box, with shipping set for June. For more packed lunch inspiration (including some other great silicone options), check out these products.

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The Joy of Breakfast: Bob Ross Cereal Is Here to Make Mornings a Little Happier

FYE
FYE

Bob Ross's sunny disposition is the perfect match for breakfast. The painter and television personality already has his own toaster, and now Food & Wine reports that he's also inspired a breakfast cereal.

Bob Ross: The Joy of Cereal channels the many landscape paintings Bob Ross produced on his television series, The Joy of Painting. It's loaded with toasted oat bites and colorful marshmallows shapes. There are seven distinct marshmallow pieces—happy little trees, happy little accidents, almighty mountains, guiding stars, rainbow hearts, charming little cabins, and lovely little bushes—but like a good artist, you may need to get creative to figure out which shape matches which description.

While starting your day with a bowl of Bob Ross cereal, you can further awaken your artistic side by looking at the back of the box. The package features a cutout “positivity paint palate” with inspirational quotes from the painter. Reading them first thing in the morning is the next best thing to watching reruns of the The Joy of Painting on YouTube.

Bob Ross: The Joy of Cereal is now available from FYE for $10 a box. For Bob Ross merchandise with an even longer shelf life, check out these products.

[h/t Food & Wine]

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