People who rag on Conversation Hearts as tasteless, chalky pills totally miss the point. You don't eat Conversations Hearts, you experience them. I can remember everything about them without having had a box in years.
'NECCO' on Serious Eats
Sprite gives the candies a faint acidity that helps them taste like the real thing, and to that same end I've made suggestions for how to flavor each color to match the classic flavor line up. But don't hesitate to experiment! No doubt you'll think of all sorts of fun, alternative flavor pairings limited only by the extracts or freeze dried fruits you can get your hands on.
When Valentine's Day rolls around, I like a little bit of sweet talk. As much as I love Necco wafers, it seemed to me that the everyday Sweethearts were a bit chalky and disappointing. Luckily, it seems like Necco has decided to spice things up lately, with chocolate, smoothie, and tart versions of the classic classroom Valentine's staple.
The District Domestic: "You have to really love that significant other (as well as the candies) since you have to order a minimum quantity of 3,500 pounds! Don’t worry—you can have up to 30 different sayings printed amongst the approximate 1,535,500 hearts."...