After 2 Years on Hiatus, Necco Wafers Are Back on Store Shelves

Necco Wafers fans rejoice! *A single "woo" is heard from the back*

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Spangler Candy Company

There's Halloween candy and Easter candy, internationally acclaimed candy and atrocious candy, iconic candy (Sweethearts) and divisive candy (candy corn), and then there's... Necco Wafers, an ancestor of the Sweetheart. Who prefers those, even? Not entirely sure. All I know is that the dusty, semi-sweet, multi-colored discs are back on shelves after a two-year hiatus. 

To be quite honest with you, I didn't even realize they were gone. But, come to think of it, I haven't pulled a tiny puck-like treat out of a wax paper roll in so long that I nearly forgot they existed. But fans of the wafers have apparently been anticipating the return, according to Kirk Vashaw, CEO of the treat's new parent company, Spangler Candy. (The New England Confectionery Company, otherwise known as Necco, shut down its Massachusetts factory in the summer of 2018). 

“We know fans have been waiting anxiously for the return of Necco Wafers and anticipate high demand," said Vashaw in a press release on May 28. "Our production lines will continue to run as fast as possible to keep stores in-stock." 

Here is the complete list of retailers now selling the candy. It includes most major retailers, like CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, and Big Lots.

“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 Vashwaw. 

Necco Wafers, created in 1847, was originally introduced to me by a woman who was giving them out to Reese's hopefuls on Halloween, and the new release will look similar to the one I passed off to my dad back in the early 2000s. The wafers still come in lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), clove (light purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen (pink), and licorice (dark grey), but the chocolate (brown) got a little upgrade. Consumers may detect a "richer cocoa flavor," says the company, meaning you may actually detect any sort of cocoa flavor. 

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Ruby Anderson is a News Writer at Thrillist. Send your tips to randerson@thrillist.com.