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Is It Really Goodbye? NECCO May Close Its Doors

March 21, 2018 by

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If you were asked to think of a few of your favorite classic candies, what would come to mind  Well, if you are like many, then Banana Splits, Canada Mints, Candy Buttons, Conversation Hearts, Clark Bars, Coconut Crunch Peanut Butter Logs, Malted Milk Balls, Mary Janes, Mint Juleps, Peach Blossoms, Sky Bars, SlapstixNECCO Wafers and Wintergreen Lozenges may be some of your initial thoughts. But can you guess what all of these candies have in common? As it turns out, they’re all made by New England Confectionery Company, better known as NECCO.

A Company that Has Stood the Test of Time

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The first of their products to hit the market was the NECCO Wafer. Way back in 1847,  Oliver Chase created a lozenge cutter that was to become the nation’s first candy machine–and the equipment that made the NECCO Wafer possible. Chase soon joined forces with his brothers to market their sweets across North America.

Despite two factory fires and the possibility of losing their business entirely, the brothers persisted, forming partnerships with companies local to the New England area. This dedication paid off, and in 1901, over 50 years after the first NECCO Wafer was produced, the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) was born.

Since that time, the company grew, adding in popular treats of all varieties and expanding its reach far beyond the borders of North America. In its 117 year history, NECCO has satisfied countless sweet tooth cravings, creating cult favorites  that candy lovers of all ages could not live without. Simply put, NECCO established itself not just as a candy company, but as an American Institution and household name for generations of candy lovers young and old. Few companies can boast of such a storied history or product line up!

This Candy Giant’s Future is Uncertain

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And yet, it seems the old saying might be true: all good things must come to an end. Recent buzz in the candy world indicates that NECCO could be going out of business, and taking its successful candies with it. Having represented so many great brands through its impressive history, the loss of NECCO would certainly be a major upset in the candy world.

After all, what would Valentine’s Day be without Conversation Hearts? And what could possibly replace the goodness and convenient variety of a Sky Bar? If the rumors are true, then fans of the company’s sweet treats may just have to find out.

We never like to be the bearers of bad news and know that this update may hit close to home. So as we consider the potential end of an era, will you join us in “keeping your fingers crossed” and reflecting on your favorite NECCO memories? Which candies have you cherished, and how has the company made your life a little sweeter?

Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Pat Ross March 22, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Necco wafers are my very favorite candy! I would be very sad if they were discontinued!

  • Reply Annette Ciotola March 22, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    It’s really disheartening (no pun intended) to see a candy staple, one I grew up with, that may need to close it’s doors. I’d be very curious how many would lose their jobs if this happens. I hope, for their employee’s sake, that they can manage to whether this down turn and come out the other side stronger than before. I mean, what would Valentine’s day be without those little candy hearts!!

  • Reply Robert Nill Swartz March 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    As both a McKeesporter by birth, and the grandson of your old candy wholesaling neighbor, Henry D. Nill, the loss of Clark bars alone would be devastating. I hope this doesn’t happen. Incidentally, I have a small candy shop figurine that was a NECCO promotion from back in the 40s or 50s. Will locate this weekend and send you a picture.

    • Reply Jonah Half March 22, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      That would be sweet! What a treasure…

  • Reply Stephen P Cipolla March 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I have been eating Necco wafers since I was a kid, and I am 54 years old. I still enjoy them to this day, and look forward to getting them for Halloween, in the little packs. The candy hearts are a valentines day staple. it would be sad to see this fine institution dissappear.

  • Reply Deb Dockum March 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    All chocolate Necco wafers are awesome! And I can’t imagine Valentine’s Day without Necco Conversation Hearts! And Sky Bars are an all time favorite!

  • Reply Regina Hutchinson March 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I love their candies it will be sad if they go!

  • Reply Tina Coupe March 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    I hope this isn’t so. I love Necco Wafers and Clark Bars. I’ve been eating them since I was a little kid, and I’m now 55 years old. 🙁

  • Reply Lisa Kaiser March 22, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    NECCO wafers have some of my favorite candy for decades. It would be sad to see the company close its doors. Hope it does not happen.

  • Reply Ronnie D Phipps March 22, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    It would be so very sad for necco to close their doors.this has been the favorite candy of mine sense I was a child and still is at the age of 60 .I couldn’t even imagine not being able to buy my favorite candy like sky bars or Clark bars or malted milk balls.i love this candy and I don’t mine paying the price for it.when it’s good the price doesn’t seem to really matter.

  • Reply Linda Gaalaas March 22, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    OMG!! They can’t close. I remember walking to the store just to by the NECCO wafers. They were always so good. Made the long walk worth it.

  • Reply Pat Seng March 22, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    It would be so said. One of my favorite childhood memories was buying a sky bar. It was a real treat with great flavors!

  • Reply Bev March 22, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    NO NO NO!!! My absolute favorite candy bar since childhood and since 5 cent candy machines, has been SKY BAR. It’s the chocolate flavor that is Soooo delicious. I have never liked Hershey Bars, for some reason that chocolate flavor is not as tasty/sweet as the Sky Bar. Please let me know if this is a reality so I can order ALL The Sky Bars that you have left!!!

  • Reply Joe rock March 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Neck wafers are one of my favorites

  • Reply Barbara Tyrrell March 22, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    We really like the chocolate Necco Wafers! They are hard to find – so I bought the Necco Wafers Chocolate Bulk – 5 lb. last year. Not as much as Admiral Byrd, but they did last us a long time. The small packages are snack size!! We will have to stock up if they close. Hope they won’t!!

  • Reply Teresa Weaver March 22, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Neccos were definitely a part of my childhood. Our parents used to buy them for us all the time. I remember saving the chocolate ones to eat last. My sisters and I were so excited when they came out with the package that was all chocolate!!! Really, I liked all of the flavors, so good. I still buy them every once in a while just to remember the good old days.

  • Reply David Moran March 22, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    I used to like Necco Wafers because you could keep them in your pocket and have a piece of candy for days if you had a little will power. The Chocolate ones are my favorite but the variety pack had those black ones in there I loved also.

  • Reply Paul Goodman March 22, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I am 65 and since I was a little kid, I would trade just about any other candy I got on Halloween for NECCO wafers, mint tulips and banana splits. I still get a Christmas stocking filled with that holy trinity and never realized they were all NECCO products. This is a New England tragedy if they cease operations.

  • Reply Joanne Vernon March 22, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I have loved NECCO Wafers since my grandmother used to give them to us as a special treat. Every day, old time favorites are disappearing off the shelves. Please don’t let Necco be included on this list!

  • Reply SHARON E UTLEY March 23, 2018 at 3:54 am

    I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood and necco wafers are in everyone. My younger brother used to eat his & then go stealing from me. These were his favorites. He has passed away now and I get necco wafers every Christmas & tell my adult children they are from Uncle Steve. Sorry to see them go. We will miss them terribly.

  • Reply David W Shannon March 24, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I love the necco wafers, but the chocolate wafers are my favorite. I have been eating them since i have been a kid. Hope they don’t go it will not be the same.

  • Reply Sunshine Schulenberg March 26, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Ohh, just the thought of this makes me very sad. NECCO wafers have been a favorite since childhood. I especially love the chocolate ones. I looked all over for them, and finally found 2 stores in our area that have them. But, those stores don’t always have them in stock. Then I found your wonderful store online and bought the 5 lb. package of the chocolate minis for my fiancee and me. We are addicted to them and frequently feed them to each other when we’re driving or watching TV. It would make us very sad for this wonderful company to close down. I might have to get more for wedding favors, just because they are our favorites. Sigh.

  • Reply Mary March 30, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    NECCO wafers have been a favorite of mine my whole life(68 years). They cannot be replaced that is not possible. Every candybar today does not have its original flavor or it costs double for a smaller version. Finding a fresh candy bar is difficult. Ordering from this company is one of the only ways to get a fresh and delicious candy bar. Us old folks can verify that.

  • Reply Joe May 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    As a longtime Archivist (retired Librarian) I have always been dealing with ‘preservation of old things.’ Sad to know this may be an end for NECCO and all of *our* memories of the days gone by. I have already kept (fully wrapped) the 150th Anniversary 1997 tube package and now have set aside a tube of chocolate & recent wafers for, when they ever arrive, the g-grandchildren to enjoy. 😀

  • Reply Joesy Wales June 14, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Some good news. You can still buy Wafers & a few other of their brands on Amazon while they use up their inventory. I don`t know what the price differential is from what you`re paying now. Hope this helps.

  • Reply Julie July 10, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Another article I read earlier said that Necco Wafers were one of the most hated candies…really??? How could anyone not like Necco Wafers? I am constantly at Dollar General, the only place I can find them, stocking up on many, many rolls. Along with my other favorite, the big Smarties that come in a roll like the Necco Wafers. Today I bought 10 rolls of each! Hahaha! My family thinks I have addiction issues regarding my candy. Ha! I’m gonna have to start closet eating I guess. Anyway, I won’t survive without my Necco’s. A Zombie apocalypse would be preferable to that. Someone bail the company out already!

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