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Halloween Store Opening!

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In celebration of Halloween, NECCO will be having a special opening of their candy store at their Revere, MA world headquarters! It will be packed with all the classic treats, like NECCO Wafers, Sky Bars, Clark Bars, and Haviland Thin Mints, and also feature an assortment of our Halloween treats such as Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses, Zombie Food, Sweethearts Mummy Hearts and NECCO Bat Wing Wafers!

Be sure to swing by if you’re in the area and stock up on some sweets for the trick-or-treaters this Friday! [And for a well-deserved treat for yourself, of course! ;-) ]

DATES & TIME:  

Monday October 27th – Thursday October 30th: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday October 31st: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

LOCATION:           

NECCO Headquarters
135 American Legion Highway, Revere, MA


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Clark Bar Sugar Cookies!

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It’s back to school time! Now that all the kids are off to their annual schedules of academics and extra-curricular activities, sometimes it’s fun to reward them with something special and sweet for all their hard work and energy. One of our fans told they spiced up traditional sugar cookies by adding some of our Clark Bites! So, of course, we had to try it for ourselves!

Though our cookies came out in some seriously crazy shapes (oops, baking fail!), the taste was simply unbeatable! Deliciously sweet sugar cookies with hints of creamy chocolate and peanut butter mixed throughout is a truly tasty dessert! It works both with chopped up Clark Bar or Clark Bites.  So, grab your ingredients and whip up these Clark Sugar Cookies to treat your little one (or yourself! After all, you deserve it too! )

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • Clark Bars or Clark Bites (your preference!)

 

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Baking Supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • 1 or 2 flat cookie sheets
  • mixer
  • measuring cup and measuring spoons
  • whisk

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, 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. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper and place the golf-ball sized portions of cookie dough on the sheets at least two inches apart.
  8. 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.
  9. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool completely. (A wire cooling rack works great!)
  10. Enjoy your special treat! =)

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Zombie Food S’mores!

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Summers are best spent outside with family and friends enjoying the beautiful weather, and some of the happiest memories are created around a warm campfire. And what treat is more perfect to enjoy at a glowing fire than a deliciously gooey s’more? You’re right… nothing! ;-)

In honor of National S’mores Day on this Sunday, August 10th, we decided to get a little creative and experiment with our celebration. Instead of plain chocolate, we used our caramel-filled milk chocolate Halloween treat Zombie Food to put a spooky twist on the traditional s’more. The added sweet caramel flavor is simply irresistible! We’re glad we made this delicious discovery now because come Halloween season, there’s no doubt this will be a frequently made treat! We can’t wait for you to try it!

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Zombie Food

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  1. Head on out to the campfire with all your s’mores supplies!
  2. Prep the s’more by grabbing two graham crackers and placing a Zombie Food body part on one of the crackers.
  3. Get on to roasting that marshmallow to your preferred level of charred crispiness.  [We like ours a little burnt! =) ]
  4. Remove the marshmallow from the fire and place on top of the cracker with Zombie Food on it.
  5. Place the other cracker on top and squeeze together to form the perfect s’more!
  6. Beware… it might get a little oozy! ;-)

 

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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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