TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Many things make Valentine's Day special. For some it's roses; for others it's chocolate, or, perhaps some jewelry.
However, for others, it's something smaller, and if you ask the right person something much more valuable.
Think of Valentine's Day, and chances are candy hearts will come to mind. They're small, heart shaped sweets with nothing but a few letters etched in their side.
"There's just certain things you think about when you think about Valentine's Day and one of those is candy hearts," said Robin Karras, a teacher at Deming Elementary.
These tiny treats have been sparking conversation since 1866. It was then that Daniel Chase decided to stamp small words of wisdom onto the confectionery classic.
For many children, they're nothing more than sugary snacks with funny phrases. But whether you're eight or 88, your first time is always memorable.
"I'd take some to give to my other friends and so I was probably in the third or fourth grade," said 88-year-old Marge Adamson.
Every year over eight billion little hearts are consumed, easily making them the most popular Valentine's Day snack.
"It's a surprise, you know, they're not expecting that," said Marge, "that's not something you get everyday."
However, it's not the taste that sets them apart.
"I can't say the candy was that great," said Marge, "but the little message that was on them, you know, they always had prints on them, some sayings of love."
They're filled with sentiment said so simply, they brings us back to being a kid again.
"Some little boy would pick out one that say 'I love you' or some kind of a sweet name you know," said 84-year-old Charity Evinger. "It was really a treat. Somebody liked you, like they wanted to be your boyfriend."
They're not much, but perhaps that's what makes them so special.
They prove that sometimes the best messages are short, and sweet.
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