I've popped the top off a pack of NECCO Wafers and I can't stop!
There's something about the soft, smooth texture and wafer-like shape that just makes eating these a really enjoyable experience. They're also easy to eat while still being full of great flavour - 8 to be exact: orange, lemon, lime, clove, chocolate, liquorice and wintergreen. Although all their flavours are good, I'm going to have to go with orange as my favourite, hands down...
NECCO Wafers were the ones to start it all and were introduced into the world as a brand of candy and core product in 1912, but they've been making Candy Wafers ever since the founder, Oliver Chase, invented the first American candy machine in 1847 called a "lozenge cutter". NECCO stands for the New England Confectionery Company and having caught fire with their original candy wafer, they became so popular that throughout their history they have had some very interesting high points. Like in 1913, famed Arctic explorer by the name of Donald Macmillan brought NECCO Wafers to Eskimo children on his Journey up North. And in the 1930's Admiral Byrd included 2.5 tons of NECCO Wafers in his supply list for a two year stay in the Antarctic. Then during WWII, the U.S. Government requisitioned a major portion of production for American soldiers serving in WWII, as the wafers didn't melt and rarely broke during transport. Upon returning home, many former soldiers became faithful customers who continued to buy the wafers.
How It's Made
Sugar, corn syrup, cornstarch, flavours, gums, and colours are first combined in a large mixing machine where 600lb batches of each flavour are made. They are mixed until they turn into a dough which is then pressed until it's flat. They are then cut into wafers and stamped with the NECCO name and drop onto a moving belt where they are led to a drying tunnel for 30 minutes. The 8 different flavours are then blended together and packaged at random, making every pack of NECCO Wafers a surprise!
Did You Know?
Approximately 630 million NECCO Wafers are made each year.
Placed edge to edge, that would go around the world twice!
NECCO products carrying the KVH-D or KD symbol are certified Kosher and Dairy under the Orthodox supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of New England. They're also gluten-free, fat-free, and contain no high-fructose corn syrup!
Pick up a pack at Candy Funhouse, they're the perfect snack to keep in your back pocket and you can pop 'em all day!
I don’t know why everyone says they’re awful, I love ’em! With the exception of the liquorice flavour (ick).