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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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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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Clark Fudge Pudding

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Dessert time is the best time – no debating it! Our favorite candies to create sweet indulgences with are our Clark Bar and Clark BitesThe real chocolate, real peanut butter crunch of these chocolate sweets is rivaled by none, which makes them the perfect ingredients in so many recipes.

Today, we bring your sweet tooth a treat from its wildest dreams: Clark Fudge Pudding. Yes, you read that right, Fudge Pudding – sugary sweet with just the right amount of peanut butter – chocolate crunch.  So, grab these few ingredients, and you’ll be on your way to the sweetest, creamiest dessert! (or anytime snack… pudding’s acceptable at brunch, right?!)

Also, did we mention it’s NO BAKE! That’s right, no setting the oven to 350, no burning those finger tips… just cool, sweet, delicious Clark fudge pudding.

Ingredients:

  • 5 & ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 & ½ cups of dry milk
  • 8 oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 16 Tbsp of unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 4-6 oz of water (your judgment as to desired consistency)
  • Clark Bars or Clark Bites (your choice as to which!)

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Baking supplies:

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • measuring cup
  • 1 tsp
  • large mixing spoon
  • chopping knife
  • baking pan (13″ x 9″ is generic size but it’s your preference!)

Instructions:

Chop Clark Bars/Clark Bites finely with some larger pieces scattered throughout.

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Mix the powdered sugar, dry milk, water, vanilla extract and softened butter and cream cheese in the large mixing bowl.

Add in most of the chopped Clark Bars/Clark Bites to your batter, leaving some pieces aside for topping.

Spread the batter evenly within your baking pan and sprinkle the remaining chopped Clark Bars/Clark Bites across the top layer of the batter.

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Pudding 3Start scooping that sweet Clark Fudge Pudding!

Pudding 5Chances are your plate will end up looking like this. Just remember, there’s no shame in going back for a second scoop… or third… or fourth…

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Brownie Cookie Sandwiches with Haviland Thin Mint Filling!

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What’s better than a cookie you ask? Two cookies. What’s better than two cookies you wonder? Well, the answer is a cookie sandwich! =)

Our decadent Haviland Thin Mints provide the filling on this indulgent chocolatey delight, and we used a pre-made brownie mix to make these cookie sandwiches irresistibly fudgey and chewy.

These little desserts will be perfect for entertaining or for treating yourself! =) With a mouth-watering chocolate flavor, accented by a hint of mint, this is one NECCO-inspired treat you just can’t miss!

Ingredients:

  • Boxed Brownie Mix (18.3 Oz)
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • up to 1 tsp of water (optional)
  • Haviland Thin Mints (You choose the flavor: Original, Orange or Raspberry!)

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Baking supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • 1 or 2 flat cookie pans/sheets (depending on size of oven)
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • mixer (stand or hand)
  • measuring cup
  • 1 tsp
  • whisk
  • 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. In the large mixing bowl, gently mix together the Boxed Brownie Mix and the flour, using the whisk.
  3. Add in the 2 eggs and the vegetable oil and beat together using the mixer until completely combined.
  4. As you see fit, add small increments of water to help reduce the thickness and stickiness of the batter. Water can be left out completely. This is purely optional and open to your sweet tooth interpretation!
  5. It’s often best to chill the batter for 30 minutes before you begin baking, but this is optional. Chilled batter is easier to form into more precise shapes on the cookie sheet.
  6. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll the dough into golf ball or slightly larger sized balls (you can flatten them slightly) and place onto the sheet at least 2-3 inches apart.
  7. Bake for approximately 12 minutes until the edges are beginning to harden. Remove these from the oven, and allow to cool.
  8. After the brownie cookies have begun to set but are still warm, take two cookies and place a Haviland Thin Mint (or two or three!) in between them and press together gently to melt the mints and create your cookie sandwiches!
  9. Cool on a cooling rack until chocolate and filling sets.
  10. Indulge! =)

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

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