The Sweet and Surprising History of Candy Hearts

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The messages on the colorful candy hearts produced each year for Valentines Day require careful planning and editing. They also speak a lot about our life and love status.

So who comes up with those sweet talks? Kim Severson, a food reporter for The New York Times, went on a search for Valentine’s Day to its origins. “I decided to explore how words have changed over time,” Kim said. She uncovers a fascinating history of the expressions that Americans have used to say “be mine.”

Listen to Kim’s story by clicking play on the audio player above. Then, share it with someone you love.

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