Ferrara Pan: Heartlines Conversation Hearts
2/12/2014: I want to do a quick update before these are gone! If I can get everything working I will try to get pics up later tonight. Brach’s now owns the Heartlines, BUT, I’ve found TWO different varieties in the same package! YES, some are the same as the Ferrara Pan ones that I have posted here from a few years ago. They are flatter, more pale, and have more “digitized” font. There are also ones that are much brighter(they look softer) and vivid and look like the mini hearts that Brach’s has pretty much always had. Those ones taste like typical Brach’s conversation hearts. To me they’ve always had a weirdish minty taste to them, though now it seems a bit more slight. If you want a flashback of the good ol’ Necco Conversation hearts we all grew up with, look for Brach’s Heartlines(purple bag) with hearts that look flat and a bit dull. Just like the ones in the pics from this old post! Okay. I hope that made sense! I wanted to quickly throw it out there before I completely forget. ALSO, I am hoping to do a few reviews tonight! It’s only been like a year.. No big deal. But I did buy something that I’m super excited to try and I can’t wait much longer so… yeah!
Via Mmm... Deliciousness
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before on here, but I’m still pretty upset and heartbroken(ha, hahaha) with Necco changing up their conversation heart flavors. The original were so good. Well, the pink and purple ones were gross, but for twenty some years I looked forward to the typical candy hearts EVERY year. I’d buy bags and bags of them and save them for as long as I could. I loved them! Now they are nasty, acidy, gross, disgusting, blech. I keep hoping every year that maybe, JUST maybe, they will finally cave in a go back to normal. Apparently the switch was to get kids to want them more. From what I’ve heard, even kids think they’re disgusting. I was never a big Brach’s fan for conversation hearts, but I grew to really like those(not in the same way, or nearly as much as the original Necco ones), and now I found out this year they switched theirs to be more like the original Necco flavors. I did try them(didn’t think to review because I thought they were going to be the same thing Brach’s has always had), and they’re okay. They aren’t a perfect replacement for the Necco ones(the white aren’t as minty and the green ones are just… weird), and if anything they just make me miss the original Brach’s ones now too. *sigh*.
I did see that Ferrara Pan has their own conversation hearts now.
These guys are called Heartlines. The bag reminds me a lot of the old Necco hearts, and the cursive “Heartlines” is really similar to the “Sweethearts” that Necco has on their bags. I never knew that Ferrara Pan had conversation hearts, but for a buck a bag I had to give them a try, though I’m not getting my hopes up.
Woah. Maybe it’s been a while, but just sniffing the bag, it totally smells like my beloved Sweethearts. It’s sweet, a bit tangy, and powdery, if that makes sense. The size is about the same as the tiny hearts, but these are a little bit flatter.
The font on these isn’t as dark and “engraved” as what I remember Sweethearts to have, and it is very 1980’s computer-ish(Great technical terms from me, I know.) The one worded phrases aren’t very centered, but at least I can read them! I never really paid a whole lot of attention to the phrases because they were always pretty outdated and lame to me. “Fax Me”.. really?? A few of the phrases I see are, “LOVE”, “CU SOON”, “YOU & ME”, “NICE”, “SO FINE”, “CUTIE”, “TTYL”, “ILU”, and my favorite so far, “BLING”. yeah. ok. There are a ton more, but I really want to eat some of these now!!
I did try looking a bit online to see if there was an official flavor list(or any information really), and couldn’t find a whole lot. They didn’t even have anything on their official website. Eeek. Here it goes!
Purple: Purple is my favorite color, but they’ve always been my least favorite conversation heart. So let’s see how these are!! They aren’t a deep purple, so I’m hoping they don’t taste like food coloring. The font is a bit hard to read(though with flash on the camera it made it look a lot better!). They aren’t super soft, but as far as conversation hearts go, they aren’t that crunchy either. They are in the middle and that’s just how I prefer them. I always hated when they were mushy soft, but they lose so much flavor when they get too stale. As for the flavor, I’m assuming it’s grape. It isn’t very obvious of tasting like much. It’s sweet and you can kind of get a slight medicinal grape aftertaste. These leave a pretty sandy/powdery feel in your mouth. I don’t think I’ll end up throwing away all the purple ones. They are tolerable. That’s about it. They don’t really taste like much so I’m not excited for them, but they cause me to gag either. Meh.
Pink: “LOL” and “Heart Lines”… really? I guess I can understand “LOL” maybe.. maybe… These totally remind me of the Sweetheart ones, but not nearly as bitter. The first thing that comes it mind is Pepto Bismal, but to be quite honest, I’m not sure I’ve ever had Pepto and could tell you if that’s what it really tastes like or not. Maybe it’s the flavor of the pink Amoxicillin I had to take as a kid. Kind of bubblegum tasting, but medicinal. In a very strange way, I kind of like it. After a few though it’s getting to be a bit much. These are pretty pink and I think it’s the dye that is getting to me. It’s like having a really super awesome birthday cake, but then you eat the amazingly dark purple frosting and it tastes like death. Not quite as bad as death(however that would happen to taste.. I don’t want to know either), and not nearly as bad as the pretty frosting, but it is kind of gross. I did say I only kind of like the flavor. I might end up chucking a few of these away, or try to throw it at something. I don’t mind eating them, but I definitely don’t want very many of them. Kind of gross. Also, I have no idea what flavor this is supposed to be. Bubble Gum would seem strange. I never knew as a kid either. I think they were supposed to be strawberry. A very terrible batch of strawberries.
Green: Have I mentioned yet how powdery these things are? Maybe all of these usually are, but gosh, there is powder all over my desk! Guess it’s better than grease. *applauds* Why, you may ask, am I clapping my hands? Well, mi amigo, that is because these totally taste EXACTLY like what green Sweethearts used to taste like!! It was never my favorite heart, but I missed it so. Lime is my absolute favorite candy flavor though and I’m so disappointed that it is disappearing! No more lime Runts(which to be honest, were really sour, but I still enjoyed them), no lime Life Savers, which were AWESOME.. Luckily Skittles kept lime still.. I know people love watermelon, but forget that, let me keep my lime! These are obviously lime. A bit strong, but not sour. I guess I would say it has that “cleaner lime” flavor to it. I don’t love it, but I’m excited to be eating it! Six green hearts later, my throat is a bit irritated and it’s time to move on to another flavor. Maybe there is hope after all. If only I could find them somewhere other than just Wal*Mart.(Yes, Wal*Mart instead of Walmart because it gives me a reason to use * and it looks cooler.). Hopefully people catch on to these and they won’t go away next year!
Orange: Mmm, very sweet, candy orange! Maybe it has been too long since I’ve had the Necco ones, but these remind me very much of those. I can’t tell if it’s quite the same or not, but it’s pretty freakin’ close! It doesn’t burn my tongue the way the new ones do. It’s very mellow, so sweet. I can already tell that I could eat far too many of these hearts(not just orange, all of them) and after it’s too late and I’ve consumed half the bag, not only would my teeth hurt, but my stomach would be in pain and I’d feel incredibly nauseas. You think I’d learn my lesson, but nooo, I’d do it again a few days later. And a year later. Because they’re addicting and that’s what I do.
Yellow: “Whuz Up?”. HAHA. That’s got to be the best one yet. Woow. Maybe Ferarra Pan has been planning this for many, many years. They knew Necco was going to make a stupid move, and they were going to swoop in and steal the flavors everyone dreams of tasting once again. Where was I going with this? Uh.. Oh, so yeah, they just used really old sayings because..
BANANA! I know I used the same words to describe the orange, but this is, once again, a sweet, mellow flavor. I really missed this flavor, maybe the most, because though Brach’s (before this years) tried to make theirs banana, they all had a strange minty taste to them. Mmm. It almost reminds me of banana popsicles…
White: Ok. This is the one I’ve been most excited for. I’m trying not to be, because even though the rest have totally made my day, my year, my whatever I want for being so much like the conversation hearts I thought were gone forever.. I know that some things are too good to be true. White hearts(Necco.. not Brach’s. Brach’s tasted like toothpaste.. ) were my favorite. So delicious. Ok. Here we go. I attempted to shape them into a heart, didn’t work so well. FERRARA PAN FOR ALL THE WINS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. My tongue burns with wintergreeny goodness. It sticks in my teeth and fills my whole mouth with overbearing wintergreen causing pain. AND I LOVE IT. yes yes yes!! It is perfect! I don’t even know what to say. I’m so freakin’ excited.
GOD I’M GLAD I BOUGHT THIS BAG!! I was so afraid to because it was only a dollar(maybe less?) but.. you guys! THEY ARE THE SAME! If anyone misses the original Necco Sweetheart flavors and are super ticked off with the nasty acid-like flavored crap they have now(Sorry, but it’s true. They are TERRIBLE. Sure, they’re pretty, but they are pretty much inedible. Pretty sure even my dog wouldn’t eat them..), or if you know of anyone who longs for the classic flavors, please, PLEASE, direct them to these! I don’t want these to go away. I missed them so much.. Gah! I can’t believe how close these are.. I might have to go buy a whole bunch again just in case. Seriously. Necco changed the flavors last year? Or was it the year before. Either way, it was too long. But, not knowing they were gonna change, I had a bag in my closet I decided not to open. I opened them late February last year and have been slowly eating them since. The flavors were dull from being stale, but I didn’t care. It’s all I had left. Until now. YES.
One last thing.. I really want to go brush my teeth now.