NECCO To Open Store for Valentine’s Day

NECCO Candy Store

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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Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Wreath!

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Can you believe we’re already half way through January!? That means we have our eyes (and our sweet tooth) focused on one of our favorite days of the year: Valentine’s Day! It’s a special time of year when we are surrounded by sweet reminders of the love we have for one another.  Kids especially love jumping in on the fun of both decorating and sharing sweet gifts with their friends and family. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here’s a very quick and fun craft for you and your kids to have fun with in order to decorate your house for this wonderful loving season! Enjoy!

Supplies Needed:

  • Regular white squeeze glue
  • Heavy duty card stock
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Two circular objects for tracing the inner and outer rings of the wreath (ex. the lid of a peanut butter jar)
  • Your ribbon of choice
  • Sweethearts 

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Instructions:

  1. Trace around the two circular objects on the heavy duty card stock, one circle inside the other, creating the wreath ring shape.
  2. Cut out the wreath. If your card stock is not sturdy, you can opt to trace a second wreath ring and glue the two together.
  3. Line up the Sweethearts before you begin gluing them to ensure a more organized fit and distribution of colors.
  4. Using the squeeze white glue, glue the Sweethearts onto the wreath one by one. Press them firmly down onto the card stock and hold for several seconds to ensure they stick.
  5. Let dry completely or else the Sweethearts will either shift or begin to fall off when applying the ribbon.
  6. Cut the ribbon of your choice to your desired length. Wrap it around one section of the wreath for sturdiness in hanging. Tie a knot at the top and hang your beautiful Valentine’s Day creation! =)

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Introducing: Color Your Own Sweethearts!

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Introducing new for Valentine’s Day this year: Color Your Own Sweethearts! This exciting new product will be sure to be a favorite treat for all Sweethearts lovers. They come in the original Sweethearts flavors of Lemon, Strawberry, Green Apple, Blue Raspberry, Grape, and Orange and are printed with the classic affectionate sayings you love so much!

These Sweethearts have exciting boxes that feature adorable black and white designs, made for your little ones to color using their creative imagination!

And what’s more exciting than just a fun activity and your favorite sweets? How about a contest!? Our youngest fans, ages 5-12, can submit a photo of their best coloring creation to our Color Your Own Sweethearts Coloring Contest for a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes!!

General Contest Details

  • Open to three age groups: 5-7 years old; 8-10 years old; 11-12 years old
  • Children can color the Color Your Own Sweethearts box and submit a photo of their beautiful creation to NECCO via our online contest entry page (http://necco.com/coloryourown.aspx)
  • All submissions must be made by a parent or legal guardian; no entries will be accepted directly from a minor
  • Grand Prize (One from each age group, 3 in total): ONE (1) $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!
  • Runner Up Prize (One from each age group, 3 in total): a big NECCO goodie bag filled with yummy NECCO candies!

Find the full Contest Rules on the Color Your Own Sweethearts Contest entry page here: http://necco.com/coloryourown.aspx!

To find Color Your Own Sweethearts in store check your local Michaels, Old Navy, Walgreens, and Target as well as many other grocery stores and candy shops!

There’s no doubt your kids will love this fun way to enjoy one of their most classic favorite Valentine’s Day treats. So grab some crayons, and let their imagination run wild! We can’t wait to see everyone’s entries! =)

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Tales from the NECCO Candy Store!

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, from Monday 2/11 until Valentine’s Day on Thursday, we opened our candy store at our World Headquarters in Revere, MA! Guests who visited were able to pick from a great selection of Valentine’s Day favorites, such as the legendary Sweethearts, and also all of our favorite classic everyday sweets such as Clark Bars, Mary Janes and Sky Bars!

There was even a NECCO Wafer Wall! All three kinds of NECCO Wafers were available, Assorted, Chocolate and our newest twist on the classic: Tropical NECCO Wafers, which has new fruity flavors: Strawberry, Mango, Banana, Coconut, Passion Fruit and Lime!

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Guests also had the opportunity to create their own mix, choosing from mini items such as Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mint Juleps, Mary Janes, mini Slap Stix, Banana Splits and Jr. Rolls of NECCO Wafers! They could fill a takeout box to with their desired combo of these sweets.

The store was filled with smiles and laughs from customers, especially the children, as they stuffed their boxes to the brim (some had it overflowing!) and bounced from corner to corner in the store gushing over the chance to buy some candy!

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We can not thank our awesome fans that came to the Candy Store enough! Everyone had an overwhelmingly positive attitude, sharing stories about their favorite NECCO memories, and all were excited to stock up on their favorite sweets. The NECCO love was abundant, and it made us happy to be able to serve our supportive community!

In fact, many guests left with full shopping bags whose contents looked like this!

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We had a wonderful week interacting with our loyal local supporters. In the end, though our week was shortened by the blizzard that was Winter Storm Nemo, we still managed to raise $1000 for Room to Grow!! Take a second to head to their website and find out more about this wonderful organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of those born into poverty up until three years of age.

The following week we stopped by Room to Grow and dropped off a sweet surprise along with our donation! We’re so excited to be able to assist a group tat is making such a positive impact on our community that we couldn’t resist personalizing some Sweethearts from our new custom candy venture on MyNecco.com!

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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!

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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!

Last Day for Valentine’s Day Personalized Sweethearts Orders!

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Today, Thursday 1/31, marks the final day to get your order in for personalized Sweethearts or NECCO Wafers at MyNecco.com in order for shipment in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Ordering is quick and easy with four simple steps:

  1. Select your candy type (either Sweethearts or NECCO Wafers).
  2. Select the colors you want.
  3. Enter in your personalized message on the template.
  4. Select your quantity and place the order!

Imagine your phrase, name, date, or other personal message on a Sweetheart! It’ll be a touching gift that shows your special someone how important they are to you! Be sure to get your order in on time and get ready for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with your sweetie!

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Sweethearts Bark!

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During this loving season, many of us are looking for treats to make our celebration with our loved ones extra special. With a quick and easy no-bake recipe,  Sweethearts Bark will satisfy both the sugar and chocolate lover! This sweet snack is great for the creative baker and will be perfect to indulge upon yourself or to surprise your sweetie this Valentine’s Day season!

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 12 oz. white chocolate chips
  • Red food coloring
  • Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles (optional)
  • Sweethearts ®

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Baking Supplies:

  • Medium sauce pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Flat baking sheet
  • Two (2) large glass mixing bowls

Instructions:

  1. Line your baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper.
  2. Fill the sauce pan with water in the medium sauce pan to a slight boil over medium heat.
  3. Once the water begins to boil, pour the semisweet chocolate chips into one of the mixing bowls. Place this bowl over the boiling pan to create a double boiler.
  4. The chocolate begins to melt rapidly, so begin stirring instantly after placing the glass bowl over the sauce pan to prevent burning.
  5. Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, remove the bowl from the sauce pan. Pour this melted mixture onto the parchment paper lined baking sheet trying to keep an even layer throughout.
  6. Place this layer into the refrigerator for 30 mins-1 hour to allow the chocolate to set. Remove from the refrigerator after this time, so the surface can become tacky and allow the two chocolate layers to stick to one another.
  7. Bring the water in the sauce pan to a boil again, and fill the second mixing bowl with the white chocolate chips. Turn the heat down and begin stirring instantly as white chocolate is more likely to seize up if heated too quickly at high temperatures.
  8. Once the white chocolate is melted and smooth, remove the bowl from the pan and add 2-3 drops of red food coloring. Stir thoroughly to spread the color throughout until it is a light pink. Too much food coloring will cause the white chocolate to seize and clump.
  9. Pour this melted white chocolate onto the chocolate layer on the parchment paper.
  10. Quickly press in Sweethearts in any manner throughout this top layer and add any additional Valentine’s Day baking sprinkles you desire.
  11. Place the entire baking sheet back into the refrigerator for both layers to set completely for at least one hour. It is often best to leave it overnight.
  12. You will know when the chocolate has set as it will peel itself completely from the wax paper. Once this occurs, you can break the bark into as many pieces and different shapes as you like!
  13. Indulge!

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Valentine’s Day Sweethearts Frame!

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The season of love is upon us, and many of us are searching around for craft ideas which will help spread the loving spirit. Today we bring to you a quick DIY project that both you and your little ones will love, using our legendary Sweethearts candies! This craft is quick, easy and inexpensive to create! With a few supplies, you’ll be able to add a Sweet touch to your home for the Valentine’s Day season!

Supplies Needed:

  • Clear gel glue
  • Sturdy 8”x11” picture frame with removable back
  • Colored construction paper 8”x11” (optional)
  • Sweethearts ®

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Instructions:

  1. Remove the back of the picture frame and place aside. You can choose to reapply it later if you wish.
  2. Flip the picture frame so that the open back is facing upwards and the glass is exposed. It is often best to wipe the glass free of dust prior to gluing!
  3. Take your Sweethearts and place them in tight lines, forming your heart shape. Make sure the text side of each candy is also facing upward. This step helps you keep your shape and spacing even throughout the gluing process.
  4. Place a small drop of glue on the plain side of the Sweetheart. (Glue will cause the print to run, so it is best if the plain side is used.)
  5. Carefully push the Sweetheart onto the glass and hold firmly for 5-10 seconds.  Try not to move the candy around on the glass. However, it is okay if the glue spreads a little as it will dry clear and unnoticeable.
  6. Repeat Step 4 & 5 for each Sweetheart you have lined up in the heart formation.
  7. You can replace the back with colored construction paper or simply opt to hang it with no back and have the paint on your wall show through.
  8. Enjoy your holiday décor!

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