Color Your Own Sweethearts Coloring Contest Winners!

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This Valentine’s Day, NECCO launched an exciting new product: Color Your Own Sweethearts! This fun new item contained the yummy original Sweethearts flavors of Lemon, Strawberry, Green Apple, Blue Raspberry, Grape, and Orange in a unique new box! The boxes featured cute black and white designs, perfect for little ones to color using their imagination!

Alongside this new launch was a Color Your Own Sweethearts Coloring Contest! Fans ages 5-12, broken down into 3 age categories, submitted photos of their most impressive coloring creations for the chance at some pretty sweet prizes! The Grand Prize winners will receive a $1,000 Savings Bond Certificate and the opportunity to have their own personal phrase appear on a Sweethearts candy for the 2015 Valentine’s Day season! All Runners Up will get a huge NECCO goodie bag filled with a scrumptious mix of NECCO treats!

We couldn’t have been more thrilled about this contest and waited daily in great anticipation for the designs to roll in! It was a fun challenge for our younger fans to turn this:

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Into imaginative creations like this:

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And our team was blown away by both the number of entries and the awesome creativity in each design we received! It was truly a difficult process to pull out the winners from each age group because of the quality of the submissions. In the end, though it was a very tough decision, we were finally able to settle on the winners. Here are the six amazing designs of the Grand Prize Winners and Runners Up!

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This first year for Color Your Own Sweethearts was a blast! We already can’t wait to see all the submissions to the contest next Valentine’s Day!

#TBT – Pru Boo 2013!

At NECCO, we love every opportunity we get to attend local events and have fun connecting with our community. On this #ThrowbackThursday, we think back to one of our favorite events that we have appeared recently: the Prudential Center‘s annual “PRU BOO” in Boston! It was a wonderful day where local children are able to come to the huge shopping center in the downtown area of Boston and go trick-or-treating from store to store and have some serious Halloween fun! All benefits from sales of the trick-or-treat bags went directly to benefit local charities that help families and children in need.

The children participating in this amazing event received delicious NECCO sweets in every store! From old favorites like Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses to new exciting treats like our Bat Wings and Mummy Hearts, it was no doubt that every sweet tooth was smiling this past October!

In addition to providing candy, NECCO also had the chance to have a Halloween craft table! At this table, we colored cool NECCO designs with all the little princesses and goblins and also made some fun mini pumpkin & ghost crafts with our NECCO Jr. Wafers, where everyone’s imagination went spookily wild! =)

Take a look at some of the fun photos from the 2013 PRU BOO! We can’t wait until this October to have some Halloween fun again!

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NECCO To Open Store for Valentine’s Day

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We’re excited to announce a special Valentine’s Day opening of our Candy Store at our World Headquarters! We will be selling some of our holiday favorites such as Sweethearts, Haviland Thin Mints, and Dark Chocolate Nonpareils in addition to our favorite classics  like NECCO Wafers, Mary Janes, Sky Bars and Clark Bars!

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

DATES:                 Monday February 10th – Friday February 14th

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 this week! =)

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NECCO Store to Open for Christmas!

Great news to all our local fans and those traveling to Boston this week! We are having a special holiday opening of our candy store at our World Headquarters! We will be selling some of our holiday favorites such as Haviland Thin Mints, Peach Blossoms, and Dark Chocolate Nonpareils in addition to our favorite classics  like NECCO Wafers, Mary Janes, Sky Bars and Clark Bars!

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There will even be a fill your own holiday treat bag candy buffet – the perfect stocking stuffer! [Or treat for yourself! ;-)]

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DATES:      Monday December 16th – Friday 20th and Monday December 23rd
NOTE: the store will be CLOSED on Saturday 12/21 & Sunday 12/22

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

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

We also want to send a warm shout out to Mom’s Lifesavers for stopping by and checking out the store on Monday! Always great to see them, especially when chocolate is involved! ;-)  Check their website out for awesome parenting tips, ideas & fun family activities!

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 this week! =)

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2013 PRU BOO!

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This Sunday, October 27th, NECCO will proudly be appearing at The Shops at the Prudential Center’s annual PRU BOO in Boston!

The PRU BOO is a fun family event where children can trick-or-treat in many of the Prudential Center’s stores, filling up their bags with a great mix of yummy NECCO candies! Trick-or-treat bags are available for a small donation of $4 and all proceeds from the day directly benefit The Home for Little Wanderers charity, an organization whose mission is to ensure the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances.

Find out the complete details about this great event on the Prudential Center’s website.

In addition to providing the sweets for trick-or-treating, NECCO is also excited to be participating again in an exciting craft event where we will be making these cute little NECCO Wafer Pumpkins and Mummys!

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There will be several other great companies in attendance to participate in the exciting festivities of the day, so if you’re in the Boston area, dress up the kids and head to the Prudential Center for some spooky fun!

NECCO is so proud to sponsor such a wonderful family event for our Boston community and can’t wait to see everyone there on Sunday!

NECCO visits the Mittineague Elementary School!

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On Wednesday NECCO paid a special visit to the Mittineague Elementary School in Springfield, MA. The children in the school brought it to NECCO’s attention that their school-wide read, Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, mentioned NECCO Wafers several times throughout the novel. The children explained that while reading they also investigated to learn more about NECCO, and they were so happy to find out NECCO was located in their state!

After hearing of their excitement, NECCO connected to arrange for a school visit! All the students from first to fifth grade came down to the classroom to read a selection of Turtle in Paradise and have some fun with NECCO! The students learned some  interesting historical facts about NECCO, such as “Did you know that NECCO was created in 1847?”, “Our founder, Oliver Chase, created the country’s first candy-making machine!”,  or “NECCO Wafers were given to soldiers as part of their rations during the Civil War and World War II!”

In addition to the fun tour of NECCO’s history, students were able to learn about how NECCO Wafers were made, including what are the ingredients and how the machines work.

Then they were treated to a surprise: NECCO brought along NECCO Wafer dough! Each student received a handful of the dough, which is the mixed ingredients to NECCO Wafers, and was able to have a blast creating their own yummy masterpieces!

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Some spelled out their name (or NECCO’s as shown above)…

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While others decided to make fun shapes and figures…

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The room was abuzz with chatter and laughter as the children created and re-created wonderfully imaginative designs. Following their craft, each student was treated to a handful of the finished product.

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Overall, the school trip was an amazing one for NECCO, and it was an unforgettable experience to treat the students to a fun time of learning NECCO’s proud history and getting the chance to be a candy maker for the day!

Sweets and Snacks Expo

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Last week, NECCO attended the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. In attendance were hundreds of confectionery and snacking companies from across the country and the world. Companies set up booths and exhibited their product lines, helping to educate others in the industry.

In 2013, NECCO debuted a brand new booth that showcased all of their classic candies such as NECCO Wafers, Sweethearts, Sky Bar, Mary Jane, Haviland Thin Mints, Clark Bar, Candy Buttons and more! (Check out Necco.com for our full product line!) Each towering kiosk highlighted NECCO’s widespread product line and production capabilities.

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Also featured within the booth was a display of NECCO’s proud, storied history. With artifacts such as an authentic early 20th century era Clark Bar or a sales ledger from 1901 as well as a plethora of important milestone photographs, the crowd was abuzz when they visited this kiosk. Guests walking by studied the shelves, took photos and pulled others over to take a glance.   This kiosk, which so wonderfully showcased our passion and innovation over our 166 years of existence, was a fan (and company) favorite.

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In addition to their display of their classic sweets, NECCO also unveiled three new products which will appear in the upcoming year, including Tropical NECCO Wafers, which has just hit the store shelves!

Attendees were able to sample some of NECCO’s candies as they learned about the extensive history, product line and production capabilities of this classic American candy maker. The Sweets and Snacks Expo was undoubtedly a great experience for all!

Room to Grow Mother’s Day Benefit Breakfast!

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On Friday, NECCO attended Room to Grow‘s “Celebrating Inspirational Women and Mothers” benefit breakfast at The Taj Hotel in Boston.

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Room to Grow’s tagline is “building a strong foundation for babies in poverty.”  They are a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Support they provide benefits the children as well as their parents.

Throughout the morning, many women spoke about their experience as mothers and how thankful they are to have Room to Grow as part of their lives. Attendees were able to see the strong and overwhelmingly positive impact Room to Grow has made on the lives of not only those who benefit from the charity, but also on those who donate and volunteer.

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The breakfast raised money that will support the organization’s many initiatives, from physical supplies like clothing, books and toys to extensive social work and support for children and their families. All in attendance were noticeably proud that they could help give Room to Grow the assistance it needs to complete these wonderful efforts.

Guests of this great event were treated to a SWEET surprise on their way out: Haviland Thin Mints! Room to Grow even dressed our sweets up in lovely wrapping to show their guests how much they appreciated their attendance and support.

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The “Celebrating Inspirational Women and Mothers” benefit breakfast was a wonderful experience for NECCO, who was extremely proud to support an organization that has such a positive impact on members of our community.

Head to Room to Grow’s website and find out how you can contribute to this great charity!

NECCO Candy Store Opening for Easter!

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Following a wonderful turnout for Valentine’s Day, we will be opening our candy store at our headquarters again for one week to celebrate Easter!!

For those of you in the area, please be sure to stop by and stock up on Easter favorites like Mighty Malts Speckled Eggs and other classic candies, such as Necco Wafers, Clark Bars, Mary Janes and Sky Bars! There will even be a small “make your own mix” candy buffet. Don’t miss out!

Dates:                 Sunday March 24th– Saturday March 30th

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

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

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Room to Grow, a Boston charity whose mission is to enrich the lives of children born into poverty through their first three years of development.

Likes us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates, photos and more! This is where you’ll be up to date about the store and find info about what will be on sale, potential changes in scheduling and all the most important updates!

Please stop by and celebrate Easter with your favorite childhood sweets and help us support a wonderful cause!

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UPDATED: NECCO Candy Store to Open Sunday due to Blizzard!

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Despite a strong blizzard headed towards to NECCO today, the candy store will still open, but will be delayed ONE day until Sunday. Hours will still be 10AM-4PM, daily!

Please stop by starting on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10th and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite sweets!

Stock up on your Valentine’s Day gifts: including Sweethearts and other classic candies, such as Necco Wafers, Clark Bars, Mary Janes and Sky Bars! There will even be a small “make your own mix” candy buffet and exclusive Vanilla Sweethearts which aren’t available in stores!

Don’t miss out!

Dates:               Sunday February 10th–Thursday February 14th

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

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

What: 
NECCO Wafers,  Chocolate NECCO Wafers, Mary Janes, Sky Bar,
Clark Bars, Clark Bites, Candy Buttons, Squirrel Nut Zippers,
Nonpareils, Chocolate Covered Raisins and Peanuts, Sweethearts,
Dazzled Sweethearts, Banana Splits, Mint Juleps, Mighty Malts,
Tropical NECCO Wafers, Haviland Thin Mints

All proceeds from store sales will be donated to Room to Grow, a Boston charity whose mission is to enrich the lives of children born into poverty through their first three years of development. Please stop by and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite childhood sweets!

Likes us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates, photos and more!

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Just a small portion of what will be available… be sure to stop by and share this with friends and family!