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We have been inundated with requests for peanut/tree nut free conversation hearts, those little candy hearts with messages printed on them like “Be Mine” and “Love You” traditionally sold for Valentine’s Day. We have also had many inquiries why we do not include them in the Valentine’s Day section of the current Safe Snack Guide.
Here’s the story: There are three major brands of conversation hearts: Sweetheart Candy Hearts by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), SweeTARTS Hearts by the Wonka Division of Nestle, and Brachs Conversation Hearts by the Ferrara Candy Company. We will not list Ferrara products as we have found their consumer service department to be less than responsive.
Consumer service at NECCO was helpful and well informed. Their hearts are made on a peanut/tree nut-free line but manufactured in a facility where peanuts and tree nuts are processed. As such, we cannot recommend them.
Wonka consumer service was less than helpful. They would only assert that Wonka hearts would bear a “Manufactured in a facility” statement if made in a facility that also processed peanuts and/or tree nuts, but would not commit that all hearts would be safe. We cannot recommend them either.
Keep in mind that there are indeed heart-shaped offerings listed in the Safe Snack Guide, but these do not have messages printed on them.
If you know of conversation hearts that you have confirmed are manufactured in a facility free of peanuts and tree nuts, please contact us and we’ll reach out to their manufacturer. Until then, we’re sorry to have to recommend you say “Be Mine” in person.