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Necco Survives: Plaster or Yummy?

I was quite fond of Necco wafers as a kid. Others compare the candy to chalk or drywall.

Last month, Candy Fans Started Hoarding Necco Wafers on news their maker, the New England Confectionery Company, may go out of business.

NECCO Wafers predate the Civil War.

The Metropoulos family, known for turning around nostalgic household names like Hostess Brands and Chef Boyardee, is buying the maker of Necco wafers after a sale of the company behind the chalky treats to an Ohio candy maker fell apart.

Based in Revere, Mass., Necco is the oldest operating candy company in the U.S. Among the treats it makes are seasonal Sweetheart Conversation Hearts, Candy Buttons, Mary Jane candies and Clark bars.

In 2013 Mr. Metropoulos acquired the Twinkies brand and other Hostess staples through a bankruptcy deal in a move that kept the sweets on store shelves. His firm has invested in other sweet-and-salty staples such as Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., Mrs. Butterworth’s syrups and Utz potato chips, among others.

The Necco Wafer is candy people love to hate, triggering happy childhood memories for some while leaving little more than a chalky aftertaste for others.

The flavors have been described as “tropical drywall,” “plaster surprise,” and “attic citrus.” One Twitter commentator calls it a candy that “only a psychopath would like.”

The original recipe of Necco Wafers hasn’t changed, according to the company. It is a mix of sugar, corn syrup, gelatins, gums, colorings and flavorings that include chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, lemon, lime, orange, wintergreen and clove. The company produces about four billion each year.

Light-Hearted Question of the Day

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Not that it matters but I loaded the first day at Hostess in Kansas after they came out of bankruptcy. The employees were pissed at the union management who drove them into bankruptcy. Said the majority of employees wanted to make concessions to owners but the union leaders played “chicken” with the owners and hurt everyone.

I did not like Necco, but back in the 80s/90s when there were still tollbooth baskets and apparently very basic coin detection, a Necco wafer would get counted as a quarter. I did that a few times. The first time, I remember letting out a scream when the gate raised and the light turned green after throwing two Neccos into the basket. Good times.

They're excellent BB gun and .22 targets!

I called them 'nickle' wafers because that was how much they cost.

Another "candy" that deserves to die is Abba-Zabba.