For many of us, the best part about Valentine’s Day is actually the day after the holiday. Feb. 15 presents us with some of the greatest discounts on candy that we’ll see all year. 50 percent off heart-shaped boxes of chocolate! Two-for-one deals on bags of red and white M&Ms! Give us all of the pink Reese’s NOW! Sales like these are almost enough to hold us over until the next round of deals, come the day after Halloween.
The best part is everyone can take part in this celebration. Regardless of your relationship status or tolerance for overtly commercial sentimentality, cheap-o candy doesn’t discriminate. No one is immune to the siren call of dollar chocolate, even in its sappy, heart-shaped form.
As you take time out of your post-Valentine’s Day schedule, to roam the aisles of your local drug store, we decided to help you out with your shopping list. Here are some of the latest novelty candies to hit supermarket shelves this season and they’re well worth eating far past the holiday. One thing’s for sure—they’re a lot better than stale conversation hearts.
Hershey’s Cupcake Kisses
For a candy that doesn’t contain any chocolate, these Kisses are pretty amazing. They taste like buttercream, cake batter, and white chocolate, with a little crunch. Marry the first person to buy a whole bag just for you.
Skittles Love Mix
Skittles’ new flavor mix contains all the pink and purple goodness that sugar can contain. The new bags contain watermelon, white grape, strawberry, cherry, and yumberry (yes, that’s an actual fruit). If you hate citrus, this combination is for you!
Reese’s Pink Hearts
Even Reese’s had to get in on the millenial pink action. But just because this candy is the trendiest color imaginable, doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste as good as a classic peanut butter cup. Same goes for the sentimental heart shape.
Pink Kit Kat
Okay, so you probably won’t be able to score a sale on these Kit Kats, since they’re only available in Japan. But good news: They can be ordered online and shipped internationally. Here’s the weirdest part—their pink color is totally natural. The chocolate is made from ruby cacao beans and has a berry-like sourness. If you’re fortunate enough to try them, let us know if they live up to the hype.
Ghirardelli White Chocolate Crème Brûlée Squares
In case you’re feeling fancy, track down these crème brûlée-flavored white chocolate squares. Ooh la la!
Heart-Shaped Peppermint Patties
Even if you think Peppermint Patties taste like sugary chalk, the penguins on the packaging are so damn adorable. We may as well buy six bags.
Header image courtesy of Nestle Japan.