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All Chocolate NECCO Wafers are now Available!

Lately, in the candy world, everything old is new again! And that’s great news for nostalgic candy fans. We recently wrote about the return of one of our favorite candy bars, the NECCO Sky Bar – and today we have news about another NECCO classic.

If you follow our blog, you probably know that in 2018 NECCO, the New England Confectionary Company closed after filing for bankruptcy. The company is best known for its candy wafers which have been produced since 1847. Like Sky Bar, the NECCO Wafers were almost lost forever when the candy company closed shop.

Shortly after NECCO closed, Spangler Candy scooped up the recipe and equipment used to make NECCO Wafers, and production resumed in 2019. Almost immediately after hitting the shelves from their short vacation, NECCO Wafers became an instant hit once again. Fans of the classic candy were delighted to have one of their favorites back, while the press and excitement surrounding their return garnered a whole batch of new fans.

 

NECCO Wafers come in eight delicious flavors – lemon, lime, orange, clove, cinnamon, wintergreen, licorice and chocolate. Now, can you guess which is the most popular?

If you said “chocolate,” you’re right! Spangler kept the taste of seven flavors exactly the same but tweaked the chocolate to have a richer cocoa flavor which fans instantly noticed.

In response, Spangler has introduced a roll of… you guessed it… all chocolate NECCO Wafers!

“Once we brought back the original assorted roll of Necco Wafers this past summer, the demand for the chocolate roll was almost instantaneous,” says Diana Eschhofen, Spangler director, corporate communications. “We know this has been a long-awaited return, and we’re ready to give chocolate candy lovers something they’ve been missing.”

Both the assorted roll of NECCO Wafers and the new all-chocolate roll are in stock in our huge candy warehouse, so be sure to buy a box of both! Speaking of nostalgic candy, we’ve got the largest selection of all your favorites so be sure to check out everything we have – you may just find an old-time candy favorite you forgot about!

The Classic NECCO Sky Bar is Back!

There’s a lot of excitement at our huge candy warehouse this week. Why? Well, we’re excited over the return of one of our all-time favorite nostalgic candy bars – Sky Bar!

Sky Bar was manufactured by NECCO, the New England Confectionery Company, from 1938 up until their bankruptcy in 2018. This unfortunate event also paused the production of the famous NECCO Wafers which made their return in 2019.

Production of Sky Bar has resumed using the original recipe by the Sky Bar Confectionery Company – a small candy company based in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The company began making Sky Bars in small batches and production ramped up as word got out about the famous candy bar’s return.

If you’re not familiar with Sky Bar, it is considered a “molded chocolate bar” – something pretty revolutionary for 1938. The bar is made in a mold that features four individual “compartments.” Each compartment is first layered with rich milk chocolate then infused with fudge, vanilla, peanut, and caramel. A top layer of chocolate is added to complete the bar and make it one single piece. To eat the Sky Bar, you simply break off one of the four “compartments” and enjoy this delicious 4-in-1 candy bar!

The four flavors inside Sky Bar have evolved over the years. The four original flavors were English toffee, nougat, nut butter toffee, and fudge parfait. A slight change was made in 1955 and English toffee, honey nougat, peanut whip, and fudge parfait were the four flavors. Today’s fudge, vanilla, peanut, and caramel flavors were introduced in 2001.

While we were sad to see NECCO leave the candy scene, we’re happy that companies such as Sky Bar Confectionary Company have stepped up to bring back some of this nostalgic candy that many of us love so much.

Earlier we mentioned that NECCO Wafers are back. Those are being produced by the Spangler Candy Company and are available in the original roll of assorted flavors as well as a roll of all chocolate NECCO Wafers.

If we got your taste buds watering for some old-fashioned candy, be sure to check out our selection of nostalgic candy – you may find one of your favorites is still being manufactured today!

Celebrate the Return of Some Nostalgic Candy Favorites

Nostalgic candy lovers, we’ve got some news for you! Some candy you may recall as a youngster is back much to our delight.  Let’s take a step back in time and up to the present as we reacquaint you with some classics that are back and better than ever.

Teaberry Gum
Who can forget Clark’s Teaberry Gum? We certainly can’t! This nostalgic minty-tasting gum has been around for over 100 years but was wildly popular in the 1960’s. You may recall the television commercial featuring Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass introducing the world to the “Teaberry Shuffle.”

While Clark’s is long gone, Teaberry gum is back being made by a new manufacturer following the original recipe. Due to its popularity, we may be temporarily out of stock, but don’t worry – be sure to sign up to be notified when it’s back.

 


NECCO Chocolate Wafers
While the New England Confectionary Company went out of business several years ago, the candy they’re famous for lives on. Spangler Candy Company bought the recipe for a few NECCO favorites including the original candy wafer that was first introduced in 1847. We saw the return of this classic candy about a year ago, and now another flavor of NECCO wafers is about to reemerge – chocolate!

Yes, the chocolate NECCO wafer is back and there’s no better time than now to celebrate its return by ordering a box along with a box of the original. Now that both flavors are back, they’re attracting a whole new generation of fans and selling out quickly. If you see either flavor temporarily out of stock, simply sign up to be notified when they’re back.


Satellite Wafers
Now here’s one classic candy we’re sure you’ll remember. Satellite Wafers have been around since the early 1900’s and get their name from the round, flying saucer shape these light and delicious treats take. Inside the wafer are delicious candy “beads” that give the candy a burst of flavor.


When it comes to candy, we’re the experts! After all, we’ve been in the candy business for over 80 years. We’re always on the lookout for classic candy that has been brought back so we can make room for it in our huge candy warehouse, so fans all over the country can experience it again or for the first time. If you’re looking for an old time candy you haven’t seen in a while, check out our selection of nostalgic candy or contact us and we’ll let you know if it’s available or not.

Conversation Hearts Available for Valentine’s Day 2021

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and as we say around here, “it’s a pretty sweet holiday!” After all, candy is a terrific way to say “I love you!” or “Be mine!” No other candy expresses that better than a classic one – Conversation Hearts.

If you’re thinking, “I haven’t seen those in a long time,” you’re not mistaken. Conversation Hearts were manufactured by NECCO – the company behind the famous NECCO Wafers. In 2018, NECCO closed up shop and Valentine’s Day was forever changed!

But wait a minute – Spangler Candy Company to the rescue! Spangler bought the recipe for both NECCO Wafers and Conversation Hearts and brought back these two classic candy staples.

For Valentine’s Day 2021, you can once again share a box of sweets with your sweetie and enjoy the updated phrases on these heart-shaped candies such as “Bestie,” “Wink, Wink,” True Love,” and of course, “Be Mine.”

Conversation Hearts are perfect for handing out with a Valentine’s Day card, which is why this year we are making them available in a box of 36 individual packs. Each contains an assortment of flavors that may include lemon, apple, blue raspberry, strawberry, grape and orange.

Looking for other Valentine sweets? No problem! Be sure to check out all of our Valentine’s Day candy before they’re gone as many are only manufactured once a year.

If the thought of NECCO Wafers got you reminiscing about some of your favorite old time candy, don’t forget to check out our Nostalgic Candy collection.

Many of the brands you grew up with are still manufactured today but can’t be found in the big box stores, they’re only available from specialty retailers like Blair Candy.

Brach’s Christmas Candy: A Taste of Nostalgia

There’s still time to grab some of your favorite Christmas candy, and if you’re like us, we like to have some nostalgic treats around for the holidays. Thinking back, we bet you can remember and still recall the taste of some old fashioned candy your parents or grandparents had around the house when you would visit.

Brach’s is best known for their wide assortment of holiday candy, whether it be Christmas, Easter, or Halloween, many of your childhood candy memories probably center around a piece of Brach’s candy.

Let’s take a look at our most popular classic Brach’s Christmas candy:

Brach’s Jelly Bells
Brach’s is best known for their jelly and hard candy and each holiday they grace us with a selection of each. For Christmas, the Jelly Bells are among the most popular. The festive red and green jelly candies have that delightful coating of sugar that adds to the delicious lime and cherry flavor. Everyone loves these, and we’re sure you do too!


Brach’s Milk Chocolate Stars
Now here’s a chocolate treat that can be used in many different ways. These festive-looking milk chocolate treats can be enjoyed by themselves, used in baking (think one on top of a giant peanut butter cookie!), or stirred into a hot mug of milk for a delicious hot chocolate treat.


Brach’s Peppermint Christmas Nougats
We bet that everyone reading this has had one of these Brach’s treats at some point! They’ve been around for quite a while, and these Peppermint Nougats are still handmade and feature a Christmas tree smack dab in the middle of the nougat. These are one of those “must have” Christmas candies that returns year after year and for that we are thankful!


Of course, everyone knows that the hands-down most popular Brach’s candy is one that you either love or hate – Candy Corn! Available just for the Halloween / Fall season, Brach’s Candy Corn is a fan favorite and a treat that many wait for every year. But alas, you’ll have to wait till next Halloween to grab a bag.

In the meantime, be sure to check out our complete selection of nostalgic candy that is available year-round. We’re sure you’ll find some favorites that bring back sweet memories.

Flying Saucers or Satellite Wafers – Nostalgic Candy that’s out of this World!

Back in the 1950’s science fiction movies were all the rage with tales of aliens from other planets traveling to Earth in space ships to either wreak havoc or satisfy their own curiosity for seeking out other beings.

Curiously, we were enamored with these stories of unidentified flying objects and little green men from Mars. Even today, we’re still chasing the stars to see what else is out there!

Around the same time we were fascinated with UFO’s and what may lie in outer space, a candy was born that retains its popularity today – Flying Saucers, or more commonly known as Satellite Wafers.

Nostalgic candy fans rank these wafer treats high up on the “Must Try Classic Candy” scale. Born in the same decade as our favorite sci-fi flicks, Satellite Wafers were originally manufactured by a Belgium company famous for making, of all things, communion wafers.

When orders started to decline for communion wafers, they set their sights on using their expertise to make a candy wafer – behold the Flying Saucer!

These melt-in-your-mouth candies are filled with delicious candy beads that have an instantly recognizable taste that will transport you back to the days of visiting the corner candy store to buy a bag full of them.

Satellite Wafers are still a popular classic candy that’s a bit on the unique side. Besides the original version, they also come filled with a sour powder, instead of candy beads, for those who like their candy a little on the tart side.

While the debate rages on as to whether or not we’ve been visited by real flying saucers, there’s no doubt that the candy version has been a hit for nearly 75 years. Satellite Wafers continue to delight fans while gaining popularity among those trying them for the first time.

Looking to try a few other classics?  We have the largest selection of nostalgic candy including some classic treats that have been satisfying candy cravings for over a century.

Nostalgic Candy is More Popular than Ever

If you’re old enough to remember penny loafers, sock hops, and peddle pushers you probably remember Black Jack, Necco Wafers, and Baby Jane. Whenever you sit back and recall the “good old days,” you can’t help but think about some of the candy that was around back then.

But did you know that some of your favorite old time candy is still around?

Nostalgia is hotter than ever with a whole new generation digging into the past and learning about what the trends were “back then.” Candy manufacturers have brought back many of the classic candies you may have grown up with but thought were long gone. These confectionery delights are now being introduced to a whole new audience with nostalgic candy making a comeback.

Let’s take a walk down Memory Lane and take a look at some old time candy that’s still around today.

Candy Cigarettes
Candy Cigarettes have been around for over a hundred years! You probably remember the packaging that was designed to look just like a real pack of smokes, but inside was a chalk-like sugary stick with a pink “lit” end. Other varieties included bubble gum and chocolate. As time went on, a push was made to ban Candy Cigarettes, however, since these treats did not contain any tobacco, candy companies changed the name to Candy Sticks and redesigned the packaging to avoid the link to smoking. If you were a fan of their unique taste, Candy Cigarettes, or Candy Sticks, are still sold today!

Candy Cigarettes


Clove Gum
History says this classic chewing gum was introduced in 1914 by the Thomas Adams Company and as the name implies, was flavored with cloves giving it an unforgettable unique taste and smell. Rumor has it that during prohibition, Clove gum was a favorite of those who imbibed at speakeasies as it supposedly masked the smell of alcohol! Clove, Black Jack and Beeman’s gum disappeared for a while until all three were brought back in 2018 and have gained new found popularity.


Sugar Daddy
No not that kind! We’re talking about another sweetheart of a candy that’s been around since 1925. This hard caramel candy on a stick was originally called the Papa Sucker, but was renamed Sugar Daddy in 1932. Over the course of its history, the candy was made by several different companies before finding a permanent home with Tootsie Industries in 1993. Today, those who crave a simple caramel candy scoop ‘em up by the box!


 

Abba-Zabba Candy Bar
In 1922 the Colby and McDermott candy company had the idea to create a different type of candy bar – one that had a peanut butter center with a taffy coating. The Abba-Zabba bar was born and it was an immediate hit! Besides its unique makeup, there’s no mistaking an Abba-Zabba bar. The yellow and black checkerboard wrapper has remained unchanged since the bar first made its appearance nearly a century ago.


Necco Wafers
No discussion about nostalgic candy is complete without mentioning Necco Wafers – the candy you either love or hate! Necco Wafers date back to 1847 and were made right up until 2018 by the now defunct New England Confectionery Company (NECCO). The nickel size wafers of varying flavors were rolled up into a wax paper package and have become the symbol of classic candy and it’s usually the first one that comes to mind. When NECCO went bankrupt, fans banned together hoping that another company would come to rescue their favorite nostalgic treat. Spangler Candy Company heard their cries and the candy is now in production and slated to arrive this summer. Be sure to sign up for an alert when it comes in, so you’ll be one of the first to experience it all over again.

Well, there are a few of our favorite old time candies, we hope this brought back some memories for you. If it did, be sure to check out our selection of nostalgic candy and order some to try all over again.

A Look at Our Favorite Nostalgic Candy

When it comes to old-time candy, we have to boast a bit because we have the largest selection of any online candy store and for good reason. Our family-owned company has been in the candy business since 1939 and many of our favorites have been around as long as we have – or longer!

Everyone has their favorite nostalgic candy, whether it be chewing gum, a candy bar, or penny candy. These old-time treats bring back sweet memories of a childhood filled with laughter and good times.

In today’s post, we’re going to take a trip down memory lane and share some of our favorite classic candy treats:

Nostalgic Gum
There are many types of old-time gum still manufactured today, but there are a handful that just by looking at the package you know exactly how they taste. One of these is C. Howard’s Violet Scented Gum. This chewing gum has been around since the 1960’s and one look at the package and you can almost smell the floral aroma and the gum’s unique taste.

Other runner-ups for our favorite nostalgic gum include Beeman’sClove, and of course Black Jack!


Valomilk Candy Cups
This classic has been around a few years longer than we have! First sold in 1931, Valomilk Candy Cups get their name from the V in vanilla, ALO from marshmallow and MILK for their milky smooth texture. One bite of these milk chocolate marshmallow cups and you’ll wonder why it took you so long to discover them.


Baby Ruth
Believe it or not, the Baby Ruth candy bar has been around since 1921! Depending on who you ask, the Baby Ruth bar was either named after Ruth Cleveland, the daughter of President Grover Cleveland, or the famous baseball player Babe Ruth. No matter who it’s named after, there’s no denying that people love the peanut, caramel, and milk chocolate-flavored nougat bar that has satisfied candy cravings for nearly a century.


Candy Cigarettes
While they no longer can be called “Candy Cigarettes,” those of us old enough to remember these “Candy Sticks” certainly remember their distinct flavor. Packaged and manufactured to look like a cigarette, complete with pink “lit” tip, these sugary sticks are among one of the hardest nostalgic candies to find.

Candy Cigarettes


Candy Buttons
Who doesn’t remember these? If you haven’t seen them for a while, you’re right. Candy Buttons were unavailable for a period of time, but due to popular demand, they’re back and better than ever. Relive your childhood by picking up a package and peel the dots off the paper and enjoy an old fashioned candy treat.

These are just a few of our nostalgic candy favorites and we may have listed one or two of yours as well. If not, don’t worry… we’ve got a huge selection to choose from! Plus we offer a giant can of classic favorites that make a great gift for a fan of these sweet treats.

Gilliam Old Fashioned Sticks – Classic Candy Sweet Taste

There’s just something about old fashioned candy. Maybe it’s the memories it brings back of youthful days, visits to see your grandparents, or a trip to the corner store to drop a few pennies on a sweet treat. Whatever it is, there’s one thing for certain… we love it!

Nostalgic candy has a special place in the hearts of many of our customers, from penny candy bubble gum and hardtack to old fashioned candy sticks from Gilliam.

Gilliam Old Fashioned Candy Sticks

The Gilliam Candy Company has been in business since 1927 and is best known for one of our most popular nostalgic candy choices. Their famous candy sticks are about 5” in length and come in a variety of flavors including banana, butterscotch, lemon, root beer, and many others.

You can buy Gilliam Candy Sticks in 80 count boxes or if you’re looking for a sweet gift for someone who would just love a taste from the past, pick up one of our Old Fashioned Sticks Gift Tin with an assortment of 24 flavors.

Gilliam’s Old Fashioned Candy Sticks Gift Tin

While we have you in a nostalgic mood, be sure to check out our complete assortment of old fashioned candy for a truly memorable trip down memory lane.

Necco Candy Wafers Return January 2020!

The holidays are rapidly approaching and the new year will be here before you know it.  As we turn the calendar and begin to look forward to 2020, there’s one thing all of us here are excited about.

If you’re a nostalgic candy fan, you probably heard the sad news several months ago about the closing of the 170-year old New England Confectionary Company.  Who’s that? Well, they’re more commonly known as Necco – the makers of the “original candy wafer” a classic candy that’s been around since 1847.

These hard wafer candies have a cult following and, well, you either love them or hate them!  Either way, when production ceased in 2018, Necco Wafer lovers around the world stocked up on their favorite sweet treat.

But hang on!

The Necco Wafer is coming back!  Yes, it’s true. The Spangler Candy Company purchased the original recipe and began producing what is perhaps the quintessential classic candy of all time.

By now you probably know what we’re most excited about in the new year!  That’s right, the return of the Necco Wafer.

The old fashioned candy treat will be available once again in January 2020 and we’re going to be one of the first nostalgic candy stores to have them in stock.  We expect demand to be high, so we’re encouraging all our fans to click here and enter your email address to be notified the second they arrive in stock and are available to order.

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