After a Long Wait, Necco Wafers Are Back!

You know Necco wafers, right? Of course! Quarter-sized, pastel-colored, mild-flavored candy discs that come in a wax-paper roll...and, apparently, have inspired a cult-like following in recent days. Here's why.

When we get nostalgic about candy, we can’t help but think Necco, makers of (among others) candy buttons, those adorable Valentine’s Day conversation hearts, Sky Bars, Clark Bars and, of course, the original Necco Candy Wafer. These candy discs may not be our first pick when we traverse the candy aisle, but they’re a classic we love to see. Over the past few years, Spangler Candy, the maker of Necco, has struggled—but after a two-year wait, this classic candy is making its comeback.

Necco: Back Again

Back in 2018—after more than 170 years in business, the company that created the trademark Necco wafer declared bankruptcy and shuttered its doors. This was devastating to classic candy aficionados and many folks began stocking up on the last rolls they could find at their go-to candy shops.

Now, two years later, Necco wafers are having their comeback thanks to Spangler Candy, makers of other nostalgic treats like Circus Peanuts, Smarties and Dum Dums. Set to hit shelves in June 2020, this old-fashioned candy proves it really can stand the test of time and still has avid fans.

CEO of Spangler Candy, Kirk Vashaw said, “We know fans have been waiting anxiously for the return of Necco Wafers.”

Where Can I Find Necco Wafers?

According to Spangler Candy, you’ll be able to find their trademark candy at stores like CVS and Walgreens as soon as June. In July, the company will start rolling out Necco wafers to more stores like Dollar General, HyVee, Kroger and Piggly Wiggly in July. You can find a complete list of stores that will be selling this classic candy on the Spangler Candy website.

What Are Necco Wafers?

The wafers are sugary candy discs made in eight trademark flavors: lemon, lime, orange, clove, cinnamon, wintergreen, licorice and chocolate. According to Spangler Candy, the formula has been virtually unchanged since first developed in 1847—though the chocolate wafers are richer in cocoa flavor these days thanks to some small tweaks to the recipe.

Since these candies are portable and don’t melt, they became a popular choice for troops and explorers as a way to keep their sugars up during long treks. Troops in both world wars and Arctic explorers carried the candies with them. Who knew this classic had such a long history? (These other classic brands have stood the test of time, too.)

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