Friday, October 30, 2009

Necco Wafers...blast from the past candy

When the box arrived full of Necco Wafers, I wasn't sure how my kids would react. We've used Necco Wafers in the past to decorate cakes, cupcakes and gingerbread houses but we rarely just ate them. This was going to be a new treat for all of us.

I went to the Necco website and learned a few interesting things about the company

  • Necco stands for New England Confectionery Company
  • It started in 1847 and is the US's oldest multi-line candy company
  • They also make those fun Conversation Hearts for Valentine's Day
  • Necco Wafers went with Admiral Byrd when he went to the south pole
  • The US gov't requisitioned most of the Wafers in WWII because they shipped easily to the troops
  • Necco Wafers are fat free, don't contain High fructose Corn Syrup and use all natural flavors and colors)
  • In addition to the 7 traditional flavors, they now have a chocolate roll with 4 flavors
We sampled both the chocolate and the traditional flavors.

I've always been a fan because it's a sweet treat and it takes awhile to eat. That means I'm going to make my sugar fix last longer.

The reaction among the kids was mixed, which isn't surprising.

On the chocolate variety, my daughter who hates licorice didn't care for the candy at all. There is something seriously suspect about the opinion of someone who doesn't like licorice. The 12 year old who has texture issues really loved the candies. He came back for more and screamed "I love them!"

The kids really preferred the classic variety, especially after I explained they needed to suck on the candies for awhile and not chomp on them right away. Long lasting sweetness is much better on their teeth!

I hope everyone enjoys their Halloween candy! We are totally candied out here already.


  1. I saw a blurb on the news here in Boston about how Necco was going to change their recipe, and all the ppl they interviewed really seemed to like the new kind better. I honestly haven't had Necco Wafers in probably 20 years, but for some reason my mom always put them in our Easter basket and they were such a treat. Makes me want to run out and get some now, though.

  2. Mmmm. Necco Wafers! That brings back memories! Now you've made me want to go out and buy a pack. Are you handing them out to trick-or-treaters? I also don't like the black licorice kind, but the rest of them are good!


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