How Much Do You Know About Valentine’s Day History?

What do you think of when you read “February 14?” Cupid? Pink arrows? Colorful candy with “will U be mine” or other awkwardly spelled short, romantic phrases engraved on it? An abundance of red roses? Marriage proposals or broken hearts? Valentine's day is a day rife with cliche and consumerism. Yet whether you have someone for a Valentine this year or not, you can still enjoy this quiz exploring the sometimes dark, twisted history of this holiday.

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A Bite of Candy Heart History

Daniel Chase created the first conversation hearts after devising a machine to press food dye letters onto the candy lozenges his brother made famous in the 1860s. The NECCO company, since then, has changed the shape of the candy (to hearts from horseshoes, baseballs, and watches), made them smaller, and added Sweethearts® En Español. The company also abandons and rolls out new sayings yearly.

Original mottoes still in the mix include “BE MINE,” “KISS ME,” and—of course—”SWEET TALK.” In 1997 “TRUE LOVE” was resurrected from the early 1900s to celebrate the company’s 150th anniversary. More recent additions include “HONEY BUN,” “COOL CAT,” “#1 FAN,” “WHIZ KID,” “DIVA,” and “URA QT.”

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