Necco Wafers are back with the very kind of familiar, comfortable feeling we all seem to be craving. Necco Wafers are rolling out across the nation throughout the summer of 2020, beginning with major drugstores and some grocery stores, and then into a larger segment of retailers across the country.
Here’s a list of stores that will be carrying Necco Wafers this summer! (Major drugstores will have them in June, other stores will have them in July.)
History of Necco Wafers
In 1847, a young English immigrant and progressive thinker, Oliver Chase, invented the first American candy machine, a lozenge cutter. After a period of initial success selling his exciting new candy, he joined forces with brother, Silas Edwin and founded Chase and Company.
In 1901, Chase and Company merged with both Forbes, Hayward & Company and Wright & Moody to officially form the New England Confectionary Company, or NECCO. Over the years, NECCO prospered and produced many well-known products, but its success was propelled by its most beloved candy: Necco Wafers.
From the time of their creation, Necco Wafers have been enjoyed all over the world, quite literally. They were carried by soldier during the Civil War. In 1913, explorer Donald MacMillan took Necco Wafers on his Arctic explorations, sharing them with Eskimo children.
Later in the 1930s, two and a half tons of Necco Wafers were taken on an expedition to the South Pole, which 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 the production of Necco Wafers. The candy was perfect for shipping to troops overseas since it doesn’t melt and is very portable.
Spangler purchased the Necco Wafer brand in 2018 and after a two year absence, The Original Candy Wafer was returned to fans in the summer of 2020.
Necco Wafers have stood the test of time. New fans will discover their sweetness while longtime loyal fans relish the feelings of nostalgia that come with unwrapping and savoring each Wafer.