Move Over Heart-Shaped Boxes of Chocolate, Sweethearts Are Now the Most Popular Valentine's Candy

The history of the strange sweets that taste like chalk and feel like a text message

Right about now, millions of Americans (mostly men, all procrastinators) are hastily scanning the web to order flowers or secure a restaurant table, having suddenly realized that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Spending for the occasion is up this year, according to data from the National Retail Federation, to $19.6 billion—about as much profit as AT&T made in its fourth quarter; about as much as the Senate is budgeting for national infrastructure improvements. In other words: That’s a lot of flowers and a lot of dinners.