Wanted: Your Candy-Coated Sweet Nothings
Valentine’s Day may be months away, but the folks at New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) are already planning ahead for next year’s Cupid fest. Probably best known for its retro wax-papered roll of pastel candy wafers, NECCO also manufactures Sweethearts, those candy conversation hearts that we’ve come to associate with February 14.
In preparation for next year’s lineup of messages (there are a total of 80), NECCO is turning to the public for inspiration in the sweet nothings department. The company has set up a Web site, My Sweethearts, for online submission, until May 31. Eighty new messages will be chosen, 11 of which will win a candy-coated prize. Ten second-prize candy gift baskets (with NECCO treats, of course) are up for grabs, but the grand prize might be one of the quirkiest I’ve come across: A custom run of conversation hearts, printed with messages of the winner's choice, totaling 1.6 million hearts. Can you imagine?
Here’s the catch: Like a Twitter message, there’s a character limit for each "conversation"; in this case, it’s 5 characters for the first line, 4 characters for the second line. It's not as easy as it looks!
I’m thinking it’d be a hoot to flood the gates with as many food-related messages as possible. To get the candy conversation started, here’s what I came up with (feel free to use as your own submission):
Got a candied sweet nothing up your sleeve? Let’s get creative in the comments area.
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