Krispy Kreme Wants to Save Valentine's Day With Conversation Heart Doughnuts

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Krispy Kreme

The Necco company has been defunct since last summer, but former customers are reliving the loss this month as one of the brand's signature candies has failed to show up on shelves for Valentine's Day. This year marks the first time in decades that Sweethearts won't be available around the holiday. But fans of the sentimental treat shouldn't despair: Food & Wine reports that Krispy Kreme has stepped up with its own super-sized version of the classic conversation hearts.

The conversation doughnuts come in the same pastel colors and are printed with the same sentimental sayings as the candies you remember. One box may be filled with terms of endearment like "CRAZY 4 U," "LOVE," and "CALL ME," each in the familiar red lettering.

The similarities between Necco's and Krispy Kreme's creations stop there. Instead of the chalky love-it-or-hate it candy, the messages are printed on frosted doughnuts. They come with one of four fillings: strawberries and kreme, cake batter, chocolate kreme, or raspberry.

The special doughnuts will be available for a limited time from January 30 through Valentine's Day. If a pastry doesn't quite satisfy your craving for conservation hearts this February, don't worry: Spangler Candy, the company that bought Necco last year, promises to revive Sweethearts and other classics like Necco Wafers by next year.

[h/t Food & Wine]

Presidents Day vs. President's Day vs. Presidents' Day: Which One Is It?

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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" implies that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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California Retirement Home Put Residents' Vintage Wedding Dresses on Display

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You know you’ve reached a certain level of maturity when many of your once-modern day belongings can be described as vintage. It’s a term the residents of the Stoneridge Creek retirement community are taking in stride this month, because some of their (yes, vintage) wedding dresses are now on display.

The Pleasanton, California retirement home has created an elaborate presentation of more than 20 dresses with various laces, styles, and lengths, some of which date back to 1907, along with wedding photos and other memorabilia to commemorate Valentine’s Day. The public is invited, but if you’re not local, you can catch a glimpse of the dresses in the video below.

This isn’t the first time Stoneridge Creek has made news. In 2015, a number of residents came together to craft quilts for residents who had served in the military. The group worked in secret to make the customized quilts honoring their service, then surprised them with the gifts on Veterans Day.

[h/t ABC7]

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