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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Candy Button Christmas Cookies!

Keeping in with the festive spirit of our last recipe: Treelights cupcakes! Today’s sweet surprise brings you an edible Christmas Tree (and one of its most popular accessories) in the form of warm, chewy sugar cookies!

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This recipe appeals to all ages, and everyone who tries it will have a hard time stopping at just one cookie! And this baking project is great to do with kids! They’ll have a blast helping you prepare for your holiday celebration, especially when it comes to the decorating stage!

So grab the ingredients and try this time-tested dessert classic as you indulge during this wonderful, happy holiday season! =)

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

  • 2 & ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½  tsp of sea salt

For the frosting & decorations:

  • 5 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
  • 7-8 Tbsp of milk
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of butter
  • green fine sugar crystal sprinkles
  • Candy Buttons

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Baking Supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • 1 or 2 flat cookie pans/sheets (depending on size of oven)
  • 2 large and 1 medium mixing bowl
  • mixer (stand or hand)
  • measuring cup
  • 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp , 1 tsp, and 1Tbsp measuring spoons
  • whisk or large spoon
  • rolling pin
  • Christmas tree shaped cookie cutter
  • frosting spatula

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. In the medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the large mixing bowl, use the mixer to blend together the sugar and the butter. The speed best used is medium-high, and it should be beat until the mixture is completely blended and has a fluffier texture to it. You want to blend until there are no clumps.
  4. Add the two large eggs, one at a time, into the large mixing bowl, and again using the mixer beat until the eggs are completely blended.
  5. Once this is completely combined, blend in the vanilla extract until completely combined. Thoroughly mix to avoid clumps of ingredients.
  6. Once ready, gradually stir in the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl in increments to the mix. On a low speed, use the mixer to blend until ingredients are just combined.
  7. Place the combined dough onto a piece of the parchment paper, and then place another piece of parchment paper on top.
  8. Use the rolling pin to flatten out the dough until it is your desired thickness for you cookies. About 1/4 of an inch often works best as they will become slightly plumper with baking. Pre-rolling helps cut down chill time and your struggles with shaping and cutting.
  9. Place this flattened dough into the refrigerator to chill and set for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Be careful that it doesn’t start to harden completely.
  10. Use the Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out the shapes for your cookies.
  11. For the bulb, you can use a bulb shaped cookie cutter or simply form a flattened circle shape and add an extra rectangle of batter on the top for the bulb.
  12. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper.
  13. Place the cut-out cookie shapes two inches apart.
  14. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to become golden brown. It’s important to note that they won’t look like fully baked cookies at this time, just slightly golden and set.
  15. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool completely.
  16. As the cookies cool, you can prepare the frosting. In the second large mixing bowl, combine the butter, vanilla and powdered sugar. Blend until combined.
  17. Add in the milk gradually, blending as you do this so you can attain the desired consistency of your frosting.
  18. Once the cookies are cooled, spread the frosting on them using the spatula to create a semi-thick layer on the cookies.
  19. Use the sugar sprinkles shaker to coat the frosting in green. Do this over a clean plate so you can shake off excess sprinkles until you achieve your desired look.
  20. Place the Candy Buttons on the frosted and sprinkle-covered cookies to make lights and a star at the top. Be creative here and make your dream Christmas tree!
  21. For the bulb, simply frost the cooled cookie and place candy buttons across the diameter of the cookie in any design you like!. (You can also use food coloring for a different colored bulb.)
  22. Indulge! =)

Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container.

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Treelights cupcakes!

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It’s that time of the year again where you need to get your sweet tooth in the festive spirit! We have the perfect recipe to help you do that: Treelights cupcakes – made with Candy Buttons! Bring it to your weekend holiday celebration or simply indulge to start feeling some of the seasonal joy!

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:

  • 1 & ½ cups of sugar
  • 2 & ½ cups of cake flour
  • 1 & ½ cups of vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 tsp of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 Tbsp of liquid red food coloring

For the frosting and decorations:
You can definitely use pre-made frosting here! These are the ingredients if you choose to make a cream creamy frosting.

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 8 oz. of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 & ½ cups of powdered sugar, sifted to remove clumps
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • liquid green food coloring
  • Candy Buttons

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Baking Supplies:

  • cupcake liner cups
  • metal cupcake baking tray
  • 1 large and 1 medium mixing bowl
  • mixer (stand or hand)
  • measuring cup
  • 1 tsp, and 1 Tbsp measuring spoons
  • whisk
  • large spoon
  • frosting pastry bag
  • small frosting spatula
  • toothpick

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. In the medium mixing bowl using the whisk, combine the sugar, cocoa powder, cake flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In the large mixing bowl, use the mixer to beat together the eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, vanilla, distilled white vinegar and liquid red food coloring. Mix until all ingredients in the bowl are blended completely.
  4. Once the mix in the large mixing bowl is completely blended, slowly pour in the combined dry mix from the medium mixing bowl.
  5. Using the mixer, blend this mixture until completely combined.
  6. Line the cupcake trays with the cupcake liner cups.
  7. Fill each cupcake liner cup about 2/3 full using the large spoon. It’s best to take this step very slowly so as not to overflow the liners or cause a mess from the dripping spoon.
  8. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes. You do not want to over-bake here. The best way to tell that your cupcakes are ready is to use a tooth pick to poke into the cupcake. When it comes out clean without cupcake batter on it, they are ready. Tipit’s sometimes helpful to rotate the cupcake tray halfway through baking to ensure complete baking coverage.
  9. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and move the tray to either a wire cooling rack or a cooled counter top in order for them to cool completely.  It is often best to leave these overnight to cool. Note: It is very important to wait this out. Attempting to frost warm cupcakes will tear up the top of the cupcake.
  10. While the cupcakes cool, you can also choose to make your own frosting. Using the mixer, blend together the vanilla, butter and cream cheese.
  11. Once these are completely blended until the mix has a fluffy consistency, slowly add in the powdered sugar. If you do this gradually, it will make for easier mixing.
  12. Blend with the mixer on a low speed until completely combined and smooth.
  13. Add in the green food coloring in gradual drops, mixing on low speed as you go. It’s your decision as to the shade of green you want. Just be sure not to add too much green food coloring as it causes the frosting to become slightly more watery.
  14. Fill the frosting pastry bag with your frosting.
  15. Once cupcakes have cooled completely (often it’s best to wait until the next morning to ensure they’ve set) use the frosting pastry bag to frost the cupcakes with ample frosting. You want the entire top to be covered.
  16. Use the frosting spatula to smooth your frosting into the desired shape and finish. It might take a few tries to get the desired tree shape, but don’t get discouraged! It’s your chance to be creative, so feel free to experiment!
  17. After frosting, place the Candy Buttons sporadically around the green frosting in a pattern that matches what you would see for stringed lights on a Christmas Tree.
  18. For the star, you can use yellow Candy Buttons or, as we did, break yellow NECCO Wafers in half to create the star shape.
  19. Indulge on your Treelights Cupcakes! =)

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Gingerbread Construction Zone Contest!

The holiday season is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s a time filled with delicious food, great friends and unforgettable memories. A classic activity that we all love to engage in around this time is building a gingerbread house with family & friends, and at NECCO, we’re no exception. We also have heard from a lot of our great fans that they often use our NECCO Wafers for shingles and Candy Buttons as little light bulbs. That got us thinking… why not see what kind of masterpieces our fans can whip up. That’s why today we’re pleased to announce the launch of our “GINGERBREAD CONSTRUCTION ZONE CONTEST.”

Here’s the basic run down of this adventure:

- Build a Gingerbread House using any of our NECCO candies! Get creative here – don’t limit yourself to just NECCO Wafers… use Candy Buttons, Nonpareils, Mary Janes, etc. Let’s see what you’re creative genius is capable of!

- Email us TWO (2) photos of your Gingerbread house to social@necco.com Include one photo of just your gingerbread house and the second photo must include you posing with your masterpiece! Don’t worry; we won’t use the one that shows you. It’s just so we can prove you’re the creator because there are too many images floating around the internet. For the sake of a fun, fair contest we need a little proof

- At the end of each day, we’ll add submissions of the house-only photos to our “Gingerbread Construction Zone” Pinterest board at: http://pinterest.com/neccowafers/gingerbread-construction-zone-contest

- Vote by LIKING your favorite Gingerbread House on Pinterest. Be sure to tell your family & friends to vote too – most likes wins!

GRAND PRIZE: Sweet Stocking Stuffer Prize Pack – which will include a big, delicious assortment of NECCO candies that you can stuff your loved ones’ stockings with. [Or indulge on by yourself ;-) both are great options. =) ]

Submissions must be received by 11:59PM ET Friday December 14th
Voting will be open until 12:00 PM ET Monday December 17th

For the complete rules, Terms & Conditions, please click HERE!

Get building – we can’t wait to see the masterpieces you create! =)