Candy History: Necco Peach Blossoms

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 by Laurnie Wilson

A Peach Blossom A Day

Peach Blossoms are a candy that tastes as sweet as it sounds. A truly American treat, they also happen to be made by an American company with a history that stretches far longer than you may have expected.

It all started back in 1847. It was in this fateful year that a man by the name of Oliver Chase invented the lozenge cutter. Chase was a pharmacist, so he wasn’t necessarily in the candy-making business. But, as it turns out, the creation of this machine, which allowed long ropes of sugar to be cut into manageable pieces, was just what the confectionary doctor had ordered.

retro-necco-peach-blossomsIn fact, the machine was first used to slice up what we know today as NECCO Wafers. Originally used as cough drops, or a way to soothe the stomach, these wafers were yet to come into their candy prime. Alas, who would have known that a simple little machine, similar to a pasta maker, would have such an impact on U.S. candy production?

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In 1901, Chase & Company, Hayward & Company, and Wright & Moody – three pre-Civil-War-era candy companies – joined forces to become NECCO: the New England Confectionary Company that we know and love today.

Four years later, in 1905, NECCO introduced Peach Blossoms. And the smooth peanut butter, wrapped in a crunchy candy coating has been delighting sweet tooths ever since.

But, don’t expect Peach Blossoms to actually taste like peaches. The candy is more reminiscent of the flower than the fruit, as there’s no peach flavoring inside. Somehow, the misleading name has never been a turnoff, as generations have been enjoying the candy ever since.

buy-necco-peach-blossoms-onlinePeachy Keen

Today, Peach Blossoms are manufactured in Revere, Massachusetts. The factory still uses many machines that have been around since before World War II and relies on real live workers to add food coloring and whisk mixtures – no fully automated candy production, here! So the Peach Blossoms you buy today are made with the same personal touch that has been sweetening every batch for decades.

Source Material:

  • http://boston1905.blogspot.com/2009/08/new-england-confectionary-company-necco.html
  • http://www.necco.com/About.aspx
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peach_Blossoms
  • http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2013/2/15/necco-factory-tour/#
  • http://candyprofessor.com/2009/10/02/olive-chase-necco-wafers/

Image Sources:

  • http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-Vintage-Tin-Can-Necco-Sweets-Hard-Candies-Peach-Blossoms-/121221448652

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5 Responses to “Candy History: Necco Peach Blossoms”

  1. Theresa Germain says:

    Looked all around Northern NH for your Peach Blossoms this year, walmart, Rite Aid , Walgreens, Shaws grocery and could not find any anywhere! Went to Steeplegate mall today and went to the candy shop (can\’t remember it\’s name) and finally found some! Did you make a limited supply this year? People at Walmart said they never received any. It just wasn\’t Christmas without your Peach Blossoms – so glad I found some today – I bought 6 cans, but when I opened 1 can they were all stuck together, was able to get some apart so I could have some on the way home, it tasted sooooooo good! Please don\’t stop making these delicious candies.

  2. gladys peer says:

    Do you have peach blossoms?

  3. Jonah Half says:

    Necco Peach Blossoms are only produced once a year and will return this October. Please check back then for availability.

  4. Charlene Smith says:

    Dear Necco, I am a northerner, but have always been able to find my peach blossoms while in the Boston area. However I moved to North Carolina 21 years ago, have not been able to find them since, my sister whom lives in Mason NH had been bringing me some down, but last year she had a hard time locating some to bring down. Its true that it doesn’t seem like Christmas without Peach Blossoms. My sister said she didn’t think you were producing them anymore mainly because she couldn’t find any last year. Do you sell them in the south if so where. Also where will they be sold in the north. Sister is planning a trip down around the 21 of November, I sure hope she is able to bring some this way. Thank You Charlene Smith

  5. Jonah Half says:

    I’m sorry you can’t find any Peach Blossoms in North Carolina, but you can certainly buy them here and have them shipped right to your door. Don’t forget, orders over $49.95 ship free!!

    http://www.candyfavorites.com/peach-blossoms-bag
    http://www.candyfavorites.com/peach-blossoms-gift-tin

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