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Saturday, August 20, 2011

We are happy to say that the original flavors of Necco Wafers are back and available to buy at our candy store. These wafers are a classic candy from the past that first came out in 1847. Everyone knows these for being a flat candy disk that came in an pastel colors and assorted flavors. Each roll was wrapped in a wax paper wrapper.

Although this is an old time candy it is still very much loved today not only by the baby boomers and older generation, but also by kids today.

For some reason Necco decided in late 2009 - early 2010 to change these to all natural ingredients. They started using red beet juice, purple cabbage, cocoa powder, paprika and turmeric to replace the artificial ingredients they were using for years. In the process the lime was dropped as they could not find a natural ingredient that worked.

With these changes the colors were a bit lighter, but they claimed the flavor was the same. Many of our customers told us differently, they said they did not taste as good and was very disappointed in the changes.

I often wonder why these candy companies mess with a good thing. I know today there are many people that are more conscious about what they eat and some prefer all natural, however when it come to candy the sweeter, gooier , messier the better.
Candy is a sweet indulgence the fond memories these sweet treats bring back remind many of when they were a kid, when times were different and to some better.

Apparently Necco listens to what the customers have to say and has brought back these classic candies. I guess this explains why Necco has been around forever and is still one of the oldest candy companies when there are so many others that are closing there doors.

To tell if you are getting the natural or the classic wafers seeing both packaging as original is easy. First the original ones come in a yellow box, the all natural candy wafers in a blue box. Just check and see if the green lime flavor is in the roll, if they are you have the old time ones from years ago, if not you have the newer all natural ones.

Did you know that the conversation hearts are the same ingredients as the candy wafers? In 2009 the flavors for those were also changed. So it makes me wonder if the conversation hearts will also be available in the original flavors. I guess we have to wait until January 2012 to find out.

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