2018-02-07 / Front Page

Roses, Candy & Fried Chicken; A Valentine’s Tale

By Liz Goff

Here is a way to test your knowledge on some fun facts associated with the “sweetest day of the year – Valentine’s Day.

Did You Know?

Smart Phones are now second on the list of Valentine’s Day gifts, followed by candy, jewelry, lingerie, perfume, romantic getaways, stuffed bears and other animals and dinner for two, according to the National Retailers Association.

There are, of course, exceptions, such as the Long Island City man who brings his bride a bucket of chicken each Valentine’s Day. The pair met and fell in love in 2003 while working at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Steinway Street, and rekindle their love each Valentine’s Day by sharing a bucket of drumsticks and wings.

Roses and other flowers are always first on the list of gifts, according to the retail group.

Did You Know?

Approximately 25 per cent of all greeting cards purchased each year are Valentines?

According to the American Greeting Card Association, all the Valentines exchanged each year add up to approximately 1 billion love notes.

Did You Know?

People living in the middle Ages believed they would marry the first unmarried person of the opposite sex they met on Valentine’s Day

Did You Know?

The Loft Brothers Confectioners marketed the first box of Valentine’s candy in New York City in the late 1800s.

The tradition of giving candy on Valentine’s Day was derived from the phrase, “Sweets For The Sweet”

Did You Know?

The Necco candy company sells an average of 30 million “Sweetheart Message” candy hearts each Valentine’s Day

Did You Know?

Lovers, spouses and other strangers buy more than 50 million roses for their significant others each Valentine’s Day, retailers said. “It used to be that men bought roses by the bundle on Valentine’s Day, but that’s been changing in recent years,” a worker at a Broadway flower shop said. “Roses are still the flower of choice, but trends are changing and more people are choosing their lover’s favorite flowers over roses.”


                                                                                                -Liz Goff

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