Happy Valentines Day!

“All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”  Charles Schultz

This Valentine's Day is going to be a little less sweet. SweetHearts, the colorful, heart-shaped candies with sugary messages like "Kiss Me" and "My Love" will be scarce this year: if you're lucky enough to find them, they'll be from last year's batch.  These candies have been a mainstay of Valentine's Day since 1866. The candies are so entwined with this special day that they ranked as the No. 1 candy for Valentine's Day in 2017 and 2018 – The New England Confectionary Company made about 8 billion SweetHearts each year. But they went out of business last year and the company that bought them somehow wasn’t ready for production to get them ready for today. But, one company’s demise is another’s good fortune: look on the shelves and you’ll see M&Ms with similar Valentine’s Day messages. Smart and attentive professionals always spot opportunities and this is no different: the candies may not be exactly the same, but, like your mother used to say: it’s the thought that counts. Here’s hoping you get a whole lot of love and candy today.

Charles Schulz (1922 – 2000): American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts