Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine’s Day Candy Spotting 2011

There appeared to be fewer new Valentine’s candy introductions in 2011, but many of the tried and true favorites are back on store shelves. Here’s a look at what I’ve been able to find:

Necco Sweethearts - Real Heart
The biggest news in Valentine’s Candy this year continues to be about Necco Sweethearts and Conversation Hearts.

In 2010 Necco introduced their new packaging, flavors and colors for the classic Sweethearts. (See the comparison of the two here.) This year the classic version was to return, though sold only at discount stores. The only confirmed sighting of the candy is at Family Dollar. Frustrated lovers of the classic version are turning to eBay and message boards to purchase the limited supplies.

3 Musketeers Cherry


Dove Promises are available in several different variety packages in both Valentine’s themes and the standard colors.
Dove Dark Chocolate Cherry Swirl Promises (also available in bar form) are brand new for 2011. They feature, as the name sames, a swirl of dark chocolate with a cherry flavored white chocolate.
3 Musketeers Cherry (original review) returns again as a seasonal edition. Available only in minis, the bright mylar packaging features little love sayings on them.
Life Savers Valentine’s Mix - individually wrapped pieces in the oh, so romantic flavors: Fruit Punch, Cherry & Pineapple

Heart Shaped Junior Mints


Heart Shaped Junior Mints (original review)
Valentines Tootsie Rolls
Cherry Tootsie Pops - just one flavor in a bag
Dark Chocolate Covered Raspberry Cremes (like Junior Mints but with a pink raspberry fondant center)
Valentine Dots (cherry and vanilla and passion fruit and vanilla Dots)

SweeTart Hearts

Nestle & Wonka

SweeTart Hearts (original review)
Gobstoppers Heart Breakers (very hard to find, usually in bulk online)
Nestle Butterfinger Heart (milk chocolate with chips of Butterfinger center mixed in)
Nestle Crunch Hearts

Hershey's Heart's Desire


Reese’s Hearts (foil wrapped molded hearts filled with Reese’s peanut butter - original review)
Reese’s Valentine’s Hearts - like the Reese’s Egg only vaguely heart shaped
Cherry Cordial Kisses
Hugs & Kisses - a mix of regular chocolate Kisses, Almond Kisses and Hugs (swirl of white confection & milk chocolate)
3 Lb Solid Milk Chocolate Heart (it doesn’t say “I Love You” on it, just Hershey’s)
Marshmallow Hearts (review of Halloween version)

Trader Joe's Truffle Hearts

Trader Joe’s

Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts (original review)
Gummy Tummy Hearts (like the Gummy Tummy Penguins but only in the Cherry flavor - review of those)
Rabitos Royale (original review) - chocolate covered brandied figs
Belgian Chocolate Mix Box (I haven’t purchased this particular assortment of Belgian chocolates, but nearly all of Trader Joe’s picks have been good ones)

Cinnamon Hearts


Cherry JuJu Hearts
Cinnamon Jelly Hearts  (original review)
Cherry Cordial Nougats
Peppermint Valentine’s Nougats (review of Christmas version)
Conversation Hearts (large & small)

Chocolate Mousse Marshmallow Bears

Just Born

PEEPS Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Hearts - I have not actually seen these in any store.
PEEPS Chocolate Mousse Bears (original review)
PEEPS Pink Marshmallow Hearts and PEEPS I (heart) U
PEEPS Vanilla Creme Hearts
PEEPS Strawberry Creme Hearts

Jelly Belly Love Potion

Jelly Belly

Conversation Beans (original review)
Deluxe Valentine’s Mix - a combination of pink, red & white jelly beans and mellocreams and gummy hearts
Jelly Belly Valentine’s Jelly Bean Mix (original review) featuring Bubble Gum, Coconut, Cotton Candy, Strawberry Cheesecake and Very Cherry

Russell Stover Heart

Russell Stover

Heart Shaped Boxes (original review)
Truffle Heart (some egg reviews)
Marshmallow Heart (review of the rabbit versions)
Strawberry Cream Heart
Caramel Heart
Peanut Butter filled Heart
Coconut Cream Heart

Ferrara Chocolate Strawberry

Other Items of Interest

See’s has Cinnamon Hearts and Cinnamon Pops again. (original review)

Elmer’s Chocolate  boxes (original review) are back on store shelves

Lindt Lindor Truffles Limited Edition - Milk Chocolate with a Smooth White Filling

Ghiradelli Luxe Milk squares selection in Valentine’s packaging (original review)

Ferrara Milk Chocolate Strawberry Ball (original review) the twist here is that the segments have little love messages on them.

Gimbal’s Honey Lovers and Cherry Lovers jelly bean heart mixes - not strictly Valentine’s day, but certainly appropriate (Cherry & Honey reviews)

Heather from Candy Addict also has a candy shopping roundup for 2011.

So what are you seeing on store shelves, or maybe not seeing this year? What are your tried & true favorites?

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:17 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyValentinesHighlightShopping

  1. ah excellent! the 3 musketeers excites me especially.

    time to go drown my loneliness in sugar!

    Comment by Tampa Bay Food Monster on 2/10/11 at 2:57 pm #
  2. I got a milk chocolate covered cherry heart peep from Target last night.  I think it was $1?  Pretty tasty I thought!

    Comment by Stephanie on 2/10/11 at 3:20 pm #
  3. I saw both milk and dark chocolate covered raspberry peeps at Walgreens yesterday. Have yet to try them! smile

    Comment by Marilyn on 2/10/11 at 3:27 pm #
  4. I can’t find Runts mini hearts anywhere!  Tell me they’re not gone for good :-(

    Comment by Lala on 2/11/11 at 12:00 pm #
  5. This is probably Easter and not Valentine’s Day, but I saw a bag of individually-wrapped Peepsters (Peeplets? I forget what they were called) that looked like Rolo’s filled with marshmallow creme.

    Comment by Ruffy- on 2/11/11 at 1:58 pm #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    Ruffy - I saw those! I picked them up too, in both milk & dark chocolate. Silly things were $4.99 a bag.

    Marilyn - jeeze, I went to two different Walgreen’s and I couldn’t find them.

    Comment by Cybele on 2/11/11 at 2:01 pm #
  7. I had a problem and wanted to see if anyone else had a similar experience. I bought a bag of Necco Conversation Hearts last week and ate a handful. My tongue has been numb for the past four days. I’ve ruled out anything else I have eaten as the culprit.

    Comment by Cyndi on 2/12/11 at 7:16 am #
  8. I cannot find the little red cinnamon heart candies ANYWHERE this year!!!  :(

    Comment by Aleisha on 2/12/11 at 6:52 pm #
  9. Hi!
    I found the Russell Stover strawberry cream hearts at Walgreen’s.  They’re by far, my favorite candy.

    Comment by HC on 2/13/11 at 7:55 pm #
  10. The newest flavor of Dove has released of the chocolate hearts, Cherry/Dk. Chocolate, was a huge hit in our household. It’s unfortunate that their two best flavors, this one and the peppermint ones from Christmas are only available for a limited time. And by the way, am I the only one that thinks its a little unfair that the stores are boxing up their leftover holiday candy and shipping it off the day after the holiday? I know the stores don’t want to lose money by selling for a discount, but come on. At least give us a day or two to stock up before sending it away!

    Comment by gracecarriveau on 2/15/11 at 6:20 pm #
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