ten things tuesday

Ten things about Valentine's Day Candy: found at about.com, with permission from National Confectioners Association.
  • More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine's Day.
  • American men say they’d prefer to receive boxed chocolate as a Valentine’s Day present followed by gourmet, high-end chocolates then conversation heart candies.
  • A majority of men (53 percent) admit that they lean on friends and family to find the perfect present for their sweetheart while 11 percent look to co-workers, 10 percent ask the cashier and 7 percent consult the World Wide Web.
  • Even if they don’t make the final purchases until the last few days, the majority of men (75%) testify that they plan ahead for Valentine’s Day.
  • When it comes to present time, women prefer a gift after a nice dinner, while most men prefer gifts first thing in the morning.
  • American men and women agree that the most romantic place to share candy is in front of the fireplace.
  • On average, men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending.
  • Children receive 39 percent of all Valentine’s Day candy and gifts. Following them are wives/mothers (36 percent), fathers/husbands (6 percent), grandparents (3 percent), and pets (1 percent).
  • About 8 billion conversation hearts will be produced this year; that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona 20 times and back again. 
  • At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include "Yeah Right", "Call Home" and "Puppy Love."


  1. Thanks for the fun post! We don't celebrate Valentine's Day past card giving. It's just never been a big deal for us.

  2. How sad that men only receive 6% of candy and gifts...even sadder that grandparents only receive 3% LOL! I think Valentines Day is for the kids myself!

  3. Fascinating! I'm not such a fan of Valentine's Day myself, although I do like chocolate. And I think little hearts are just divine.

  4. Good post. I have to say that I hate the conversation hearts. They are the most boring candy ever. Ha