Posts tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

February 13, 2014


The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) makes more than 8 billion candy hearts every year to keep up with the demand for the sweet treat.  Every day from late February through mid-January, around 100,000 pounds of conversation candy hearts are made.  The entire amount produced during this time sells out in just six weeks.


February 7, 2014


The carving of Love Spoons is a centuries old tradition in Wales. Young men use to lovingly carve a spoon from one piece of wood that was traditionally presented as a gift of romantic intent.  Symbols of love such as hearts, Celtic knotwork, bells and horseshoes were intricately carved to create a beautiful and lasting memento.


February 5, 2014


Lace is often used on Valentine decorations. The word “lace” comes    from the Latin word laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.


February 4, 2014


Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.


February 3, 2014


Americans began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year.