Before there was the term “gluten free” there were the Necco wafers! The Necco wafer happens to be one of the oldest if not the oldest gluten free snacks. Go little Necco!
The Necco wafer originated in 1847. While we assume gluten free was not a term the inventors of the Necco wafer attached to their candy; it is definitely a consumer friendly labeling for today’s market.
Memories Of Necco Wafers
My first memory of the Necco wafer came from visiting my Grandma and as a special treat we would walk to the local store and buy candy. She was a fan of wafer type candies: those little melt in your mouth buttery mints, peppermint drops and Necco wafers. It was always fun to open the roll of Wafers to see the colors and flavors of the roll. Today it takes a bit of searching to locate Necco wafers. I found mine at the local specialty drugstore which carries a huge assortment of candy from years present and past. Love that store!
Check your Necco nostalgia with a few fun Necco facts:
What does NECCO mean? New England Confectionary Company
What Are The Original Necco Wafer flavors? Lime, lemon, orange, clove, cinnamon, wintergreen, licorice, and chocolate.
What Necco learned from Coke?
Two words. New Coke. In 1985 Coca Cola had the grand idea to change the formula of its’ classic Coke beverage.
It did not go well. It took approximately six months of consumer backlash before Coca Cola announced that the original formula for Coke was being reintroduced. “New Coke” had a run until 2002 when it was officially discontinued.
So what does Coke have to do with Necco wafers?
Necco changed its’ recipe in 2009 to a formula which lessened artificial dyes and flavors. The transition did not go well. However, it took Necco a little longer to listen to the consumer backlash than Coca Cola. In 2011 the classic formula was reintroduced.
Are Necco wafers combat ready?
According to the Necco website and U.S. Government – yes!
“The U.S. Government requisitioned a major portion of the production of NECCO Wafers during World War II. The candy doesn’t melt and is practically indestructible during transit, making it perfect for shipping overseas to the troops.”
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Lorelei Cohen says
I have never heard of Necco wafers. I wonder if it is not available in Canada or if I somehow simply managed to miss it. Very interesting.
I believe Necco has a few distributors in Canada since 2015 –
Andria Perry says
I remember these as a little kid.
Brings back the memories don’t they!
Bill Kasman says
I’m not familiar with these snacks so they probably weren’t available in the UK
Nancy Hardin says
I was surprised to see your post about Necco Wafers. When we were on vacation in Wisconsin this year, we went shopping at a Cheese Factory (of course!) and they had many of the old candies, including Turkish Taffy, Chuckles and Necco Wafers. I bought those three because they brought back childhood for me. Glad to know Necco is still moving along. Good article, and now I know where to get Neccos when I want them! Thanks!
I love finding the stores with the old school candies. I love Chuckles and they are hard to find in a store in my area! Ah, the memories 🙂