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Did you know these candies were made in Kansas City?

It's not Valentine's Day without lots of love, roses, and - of course - chocolate. Kansas City has quite the reputation for cooking up irresistible sweets that can be enjoyed on this holiday and all year round. Here are some treats KCUR's Laura Ziegler found that were created right here in (and near) Kansas City.



Cherry Mash - Based out of St. Joseph, Cherry Mash is a blend of maraschino cherries, peanuts, and chocolate. The mound candy turns 100-years-old this year and is one of the few (if not the only) candies to be made with real fruit.



Bogdon Reception Sticks - These mint filled chocolate sticks were first created in Kansas City for a wedding reception in 1945. They made their way through Joplin and Fairway, Kansas and can now be bought online.



Valomilk - If you've never had one of these candied cups, think Reese's with marshmallows instead of peanut butter. The story of how they were created in Iola, Kansas is just as unique as the candy itself.



Russel Stovers - These favorites actually started in Denver before coming to Kansas City in 1932. If you're looking for something sugar free, they take the lead in the candy industry.