In Roman mythology, Cupid is the son of Venus, the goddess of love. In greek mythology, he was known as Eros and was the son of Aphrodite. And so on.
I am interested in another development out of Valentine's Day: Sweetheart Candies. These are small heart-shaped sugar candies sold at Valentine's Day. Each one has a message - for example "Be Mine".
A U.S. company started the candies in 1847 with a machine to cut lozenges from wafer candy. The original candy was often used for weddings. The says were more extensive: "Married in pink, he will take a drink", "Married in White, you have chosen right", and "Married in Satin, Love will not be lasting".
Many shapes were tried - horseshoes, postcards, watches, baseballs, and then sweethearts came about in 1901. Things have evolved over the years and a different candy recipe is used to achieve the same effect today.
Here is a sampling of the messages:
The British company that produces Sweethearts had a competition in 2008 for new messages. They are:
"Think Pink", "Joyful Jo", "Granny P", "Me Julie Best Mum", "Juicy Jessie", "I Luv Alan", "Happy Harry", "Heart Baby", "Kin of U Home" and "Mermaid Eloise".
We can check things out at the official British candy website where the emoji message love hearts are displayed: Swizzles.com. Scrolling down one sees the history of British events and Royal Family members.