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Squirrel Nut Zipper Ice Cream Topping

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Recently on our Facebook, one of our awesome fans made an ingenious dessert suggestion upon seeing a post about one of our favorite classic chews: Squirrel Nut Zippers!

If you’re looking to unwind and indulge, try this sweet treat! Just grab your favorite flavor of ice cream. (Vanilla creates for a delicious flavorful blend, but some other great choices include: chocolate, coffee, caramel or any taste you’d love to blend with peanuts!) Nothing sweeter on a hot summer day than a refreshingly cold ice cream cone with your own homemade ice cream topping made from your favorite NECCO chew! You’re going to love this delicious peanuty indulgence!

Ingredients:

  • your favorite flavor of ice cream
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the Squirrel Nut Zippers. About 15 will yield 1/4 cup of topping.
  2. Pour into a serving boat or small pitcher.
  3. Let cool so as not to melt the ice cream. Do not let cool completely, as it will start to harden and set back into its candy form.
  4. Scoop yourself a big bowl of vanilla ice cream.
  5. Pour the melted Squirrel Nut Zipper topping over your ice cream.
  6. Add some whole Squirrel Nut Zippers, sprinkles, whipped cream or your other favorite topping.
  7. Indulge on this yummy summer treat! =)

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Mary Jane Turns 100!!

Orginal Mary Jane Plant Paul Revere House Fanuei Hall Boston 1888

In 1914, the legend of Mary Jane began. Inside a small shop that used to be the historic home of Paul Revere in Boston’s North End, the Charles N. Miller Company set forth to create a delicious chewy treat for everyone to enjoy. Taking the name of the creator’s favorite aunt, this treat was sweet from the start, combining the tasty flavor duo of molasses and peanut butter.

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For decades, penny candy shops across the nation have encouraged fans to “use your change for Mary Janes!” So many of NECCO’s fans still share stories about their happy childhood memories taking a few dimes down to the corner shop to indulge on some fresh Mary Janes!

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Soon after her creation, Mary Jane quickly became so beloved by fans that it was common to see her featured in many fun advertisements sent out across the nation.

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Many variations of the classic Mary Jane wrapper appeared over the years as different types of Mary Jane offerings were created.

MJ-Bar-MillerCoFor a period of time, there was even a giant Mary Jane bar – what a deliciously imposing treat! =)

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Also, much to the delight of the sweet tooth of all our fans, Mary Janes  were even covered in delicious milk chocolate for a limited period of time!

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The popularity of this special peanut butter and molasses chew was widespread and passionate, and her sweet influence could be seen popping up in unique places across the country.

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Over the years, the Miller Company tried several variations of the legendary Mary Jane mixture, but none could compare to the original. Also, none of the other treats dreamed up by the Miller Company could match the longstanding success of Mary Jane, which were a favorite for parties, snacks, offices, and anytime you needed something special and sweet!

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n 1990, NECCO purchased the Stark Candy Company, which at the time owned both the Mary Jane and Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses lines, both of which have seen tremendous growth with their new home. Every Halloween, trick or treaters across the country look forward to receiving those tasty Peanut Butter Kisses chews packed in their classic orange and black wrappers.

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Though Mary Jane first came to be in 1914, not too much has changed. The gold wrapper with a bold red stripe still packs that same irresistibly delicious original peanut butter and molasses formula today as it did 100 years ago – what a sweet century indeed!

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Sweets & Snacks 2014!

Last week, NECCO appeared at the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago with a big, bright booth right in the middle of all action.

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We proudly displayed our brands on the booth’s five towering kiosks, with all packaging variations of the candies spread throughout. (Check out NECCO.com to catch a glimpse of our full product line!)

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As was the case last year, our kiosk that showcased special historical tokens from over the years created quite a buzz with guests. Some of our sweet artifacts on display included original early 20th century NECCO Wafer and Canada Mints packaging and a sales ledger from 1901 as well as a plethora of vintage photographs of our proud milestones. This kiosk, which so wonderfully showcased our passion and innovation over our 167 years of existence, was definitely a fan (and company) favorite.

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Attendees who stopped by even had the opportunity to sample our Junior NECCO Wafers in all three varieties: Assorted, Chocolate and Tropical!

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2014 also marks quite an important date in the life of our beloved Mary Jane, as it is the year she turns 100! To commemorate such an important milestone, we also had special goodie bags to educate attendees about the prominent past of Mary Jane and also her bright future of limitless possibilities for this special chew.

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In addition to our main booth, we also participated in the New Product Showcase, where hundreds of companies have the opportunity to display their exciting new sweet treats. This year we stood out among the rest by showcasing the power of our popular Sweethearts brand and displayed three of its newest variations: Hot & Cool Hearts, Mummy Hearts and Color Your Own Pop Eggs!
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Over 600 domestic and international confectionery and snack companies appeared, filling every corner of the massive McCormick Expo Center with beloved favorites and some seriously sweet innovations. It was a wonderful time to view the best products in the industry and see all of the companies’ hard work come to fruition. There was even an amazing chalk artist on hand at the event to showcase how candy had truly taken over Chicago!

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Overall, with over 600 companies in attendance and tens of thousands of people from the industry in attendance, the Sweets and Snacks Expo was undoubtedly a great experience for NECCO! Until next year, Chicago! Our sweet tooth already can’t wait for Sweets & Snacks 2015!

 


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NECCO To Open Store for Easter!

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We’re excited to announce a special Easter opening of our Candy Store at our World Headquarters! We will be selling some of our Easter favorites such as Mighty Malts Malted Milk Eggs, PAAS Caramel Filled Eggs, and Dark Chocolate Nonpareils in addition to our beloved classics  like NECCO Wafers, Mary Janes, Sky Bars and Clark Bars!

There will even be a fill your own Easter treat bag candy buffet – the perfect nostalgic surprise for your sweetie’s Easter Basket! [Or special treat for yourself! ;-)]

DATES:                 Monday April 14th – Friday April 18th

LOCATION:            NECCO World Headquarters
135 American Legion Highway, Revere, MA

TIME:                        Daily, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

If you’re in the area, make sure to stop by this special limited opening and stock up on all your NECCO favorites! We hope to see you next week! =)

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Easter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Even though the weather outside might not feel like it, Spring is here! This time of the year is one of our favorites because of the wonderful arrival of the Easter candy aisle! =) In honor of such a sweet-tooth excitement, we decided it’s time to bust out some of our favorite NECCO Easter candies and incorporate them into as many Springtime recipes as we can!

Today’s recipe brings you a warm, chewy treat that you’ll love to snack on and share throughout this cheerful season! This delight takes the beloved dessert classic, yummy chocolate chip cookies,  and adds in a sweet, crunchy twist, our Mighty Malts Mini Speckled Malted Milk Eggs! So don’t be afraid to head to the kitchen with a mission for deliciousness! Then, grab a glass of milk  and settle down with some friends and family to indulge on these delectable desserts!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • Mighty Malts Mini Speckled Malted Milk Eggs

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Baking supplies:

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 medium mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • wooden mixing spoon
  • mixer (stand or hand)
  • chopping knife
  • whisk
  • parchment paper
  • flat cookie sheet
  • wire cooling rack

Instructions:

  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven for 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In your medium mixing bowl, use the whisk to stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. In the large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, brown sugar and butter together with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
  5. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract into the large mixing bowl. Use the mixer to blend this mixture until the consistency is well blended and creamy.
  6. Gradually add the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl into the large mixing bowl and use the mixer to blend until you have a light, fluffy mixture.
  7. Use the wooden mixing spoon to gently stir in the chocolate ships until spread consistently throughout the dough.
  8. Use your knife to chop the Mighty Malts Mini Speckled Malted Milk Eggs into halves and quarter pieces. Use the wooden mixing spoon again to gently mix these pieces throughout your cookie dough.
  9. Roll the dough into golf ball-sized balls [or slightly larger depending on how big you like your cookie! =)] and place onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet at least 2-3 inches apart. Leaving ample room between the cookie dough balls is key as these cookies will expand a bit as they bake!
  10. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until you notice the edges of the cookies start to turn golden brown.
  11. Leave to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet prior to moving them, so they do not crumble. Once cooled, transfer them onto the wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. Indulge! =)

Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.

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