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Necco Wafers Returning To Store Shelves This Summer

Necco Wafers

Bryan, Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. is bringing back Necco Wafers, the original candy wafer, to store shelves. Created in 1847, Necco Wafers are one of the oldest candy brands in existence. Necco Wafers 2

The iconic, wax paper rolls filled with assorted flavored discs were a common sight on store shelves for decades. Due to its enduring popularity, the original recipe for the Necco Wafer has remained essentially unchanged over the years, and now is no exception. Spangler purchased the brand out of bankruptcy two years ago and has been working on its return ever since. 

“Just when comfort food is experiencing a resurgence, Necco Wafers is back with that very kind of familiar, comfortable feeling we all seem to be craving,” said Kirk Vashaw, CEO of Spangler Candy Co. “We are delighted to bring Necco Wafers back into production and to share in their sweet return with fans old and new.”

From the time of their creation, Necco Wafers have been enjoyed all over the world. They were carried by soldiers during the Civil War. The candy also sustained explorers on expeditions to the North and South Poles in the early 1900s. Two and a half tons of Necco Wafers amounted to about a pound a week for each person during their two-year stay. During World War II, the U.S. government requisitioned a major portion of Necco Wafers production for morale boosting. The candy was perfect for shipping to troops overseas since it doesn’t melt and is very portable, the company says.

There are eight flavors and colors in the Necco Wafers’ comeback collection: lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), clove (light purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen (pink), licorice (dark grey) and chocolate (brown). Seven of the eight flavors were designed to identically match the originals. True Necco Wafers connoisseurs may detect a richer cocoa flavor in the chocolate wafers due to a minor improvement made in the cooking process. 

“We know fans have been waiting anxiously for the return of Necco Wafers and anticipate high demand. Our production lines will continue to run as fast as possible to keep stores in-stock,” said Vashaw.

The candies are rolling out across the nation throughout the summer, beginning with major drugstores, followed by a larger segment of retailers.

Spangler is a family owned and operated candy maker, founded in 1906. As one of the largest lollipop producers in the world, Spangler is most recognized for its Dum-Dums lollipop brand. It also is the only major candy cane producer in the United States. Other products include Saf-T-Pops, Spangler Circus Peanuts, Sweethearts, Necco Wafers and Canada Mints.

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