#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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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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Personalize your Valentine’s Day with Custom Candy from MyNecco.com!

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Happy New Year everyone! We hope your holidays were filled with love, family, friends and many happy memories! With January comes one of our favorite times of year, Valentine’s Day! We just love to be a part of so many loving gifts and special celebrations with loved ones.

To help you commemorate such a loving and special season, we offer a custom candy service on our website MyNecco.com! What better way to surprise your Sweetie than with personalized Sweethearts this Valentine’s Day that include your own special sayings!

To order custom candy from NECCO is a simple process; just follow these steps:

  1. Log onto MyNecco.com and click on the personalized candy graphic.
  2. Select either Sweethearts or NECCO Wafers.
  3. Pick the three colors you would like to receive.
  4. Enter up to three phrases on your candy of choice.
  5. Select your quantity in either 1 or 5 pound increments and place your order!

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Imagine your own creative phrase, your Sweetie’s name, a special date, or other important 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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NECCO Wafer Pumpkins and Mummys!

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Halloween is a magical holiday for the little ones. It captivates their imagination and is filled with exciting activities and of course, candy. In celebration of this spooky season, we’ve created a quick fun craft that your kids will love using our most classic sweet: NECCO Wafers!

Grab a few supplies and get to making these cute little pumpkins and ghosts that your kids will love to hide in all corners of the house to scare and surprise everyone!

Supplies Needed:

  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Black permanent marker
  • White construction or printer paper 8″x11″
  • Orange construction paper 8″x11″
  • Jr. NECCO Wafers (Make sure they’re Jr. sized, not full-sized. The smaller they are the more pumpkin & ghost-like they look!)

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Instructions:

  1. Take one Jr. NECCO Wafer roll and size it length-wise on the orange construction paper.  Leave at least ¾” additional paper for the top of the pumpkin.
  2. Cut the orange construction paper into a strip at the marked length in step 1. Cut as many strips as pumpkins that you’d like to make.
  3. Wrap the strip of orange construction paper around the Jr. NECCO Wafer roll and cut it so that it closes neatly with only a small overlap.
  4. Line up the paper so that one edge meets the edge of the roll. You will want the overhang on one end only so as to to twist and make your pumpkin top.
  5. Glue the orange strip to the Jr. NECCO Wafer roll using the glue stick. Glue the end of the strip to itself at the overlap to make sure it stays secure.
  6. Twist the overhang into a pumpkin top. (Freestyle!)
  7. Draw on your silly jack-0-lantern face!
  8. Cut the white paper into long thin strips about ½” thick. These will be your Mummy wrappings. Cut as many as you’d like. Each Mummy should only require one strip.
  9. Place glue on one end of the strip and secure to the bottom edge of the Jr. NECCO Wafer roll. Wrap the strip around the roll in an uneven fashion, aiming to look like a Mummy’s wraps.
  10. Glue the other end of the strip to the roll. It does not need to be glued throughout as the moving loose strip in the middle makes it more Mummy-like!
  11. Draw on your best eery Mummy face!
  12. Get to spookin’! =)

Make Mother’s Day personal with custom candy from MyNecco.com!

Want to make this Mother’s Day extra special? Give your mom a sweet surprise this year with personalized candy at MyNecco.com!

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You can personalize both NECCO Wafers and Sweethearts with your own text! You can include your mom’s name, an expression of love & appreciation or a personal message that is commemorates your special relationship.

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Skip the potted plants, the gift cards, the generic candles and the bottle of questionable perfume and get her something unique this year! Express your love and heartfelt appreciation with a personal gift that she will never forget! [And will enjoy indulging on too! ;-) ]

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Personalized NECCO Candy for Unforgettable Favors!

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As spring slowly makes its way here, many of us are excitedly planning (and attending) fun parties, showers, birthdays, weddings and other events. Many of us are looking for ways to make these occasions extra special for both us and our gracious guests.

At MyNecco.com, you can personalize two of our most beloved classic candies: Sweethearts and NECCO Wafers! You can choose your own custom names, sayings, dates, and other phrases to appear on these candies!

Custom NECCO candy will be the perfect favor for any event and will add a sweet personal touch that will be hard to forget and will surely have your guests buzzing over how special this token was!

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The process is just four easy steps:

  1. Select which type of candy you want: NECCO Wafers or Sweethearts.
  2. Select which colors you want. We provide you a flavor guide, so you know how your treats will taste!
  3. Include your personal message.
  4. Select your quantity and order!

If you’re DIY focused or simply want to create something unique and special for your event, be sure to head over to MyNecco.com and place your order today to make it truly unforgettable!

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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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Introducing MyNecco.com and Personalized Candy!

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NECCO is very excited to announce its newest venture: personalized candy!  Fans are now able to order NECCO Wafers and Sweethearts with custom sayings on them through our new online webstore: MyNecco.com !

It’s perfect for weddings, graduations, baby showers, anniversaries or just an ordinary day when you want to show your loved ones how special they are.  It’s safe to say that with custom candy, your event will be truly unforgettable!

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In four easy steps you can create your one-of-a-kind candies!
1. Select your candy type (either NECCO Wafers or Sweethearts)
2. Select the colors you want.
3. Enter in your personalized message on the template.
4. Select your quantity and place the order!

After that you will be waiting upon a sweet shipment with your custom phrases!

Here’s an example of what your special order will look like! We brought these recently to the Tucker Gala event with our friends at EMARC to support their great charitable work for our community!

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The possibilities for you are endless! With custom NECCO candy, you are sure to make any occasion, from wedding showers to birthday parties to corporate events and everything in between, a whole lot sweeter! Turn heads and leave a lasting impression on your guests and surprise recipients as they will surely will be buzzing about the personal touch custom candy adds.

Log onto MyNecco.com, place an order and get ready to create a special, personalized celebration that will surely be remembered for a long time to come!

Also, don’t be afraid to stock up on your favorite classic NECCO sweets like Clark Bar, Sky Bar and Candy Buttons while you’re on MyNecco.com! Our sweets are waiting to get into the hands of our amazing fans!

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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! =)

NECCO Wafer Halloween Coasters

If you’re brave enough to host a Halloween party at your house, you know you must be prepared to deal with some of the messy consequences! We realize this and want to give you a fun, quick DIY project that will give you some added festive decor while also preventing some of the messy chaos that will surely ensue.

Today we show you how to whip up some NECCO Wafers coasters!! This simple craft will add a pop of Halloween color to your tables and help keep guests from leaving those dreaded rings on the coffee table! In no time you’ll have enough coasters to fill your living room for your spooky party and the possibility of creating more coasters with new colors as the seasons change!

Supplies Needed:

  • scissors
  • white (or black) card stock paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • heavy duty glue stick/glue bottle
  • extra decorative items like glitter
  • Orange and Licorice (black) NECCO Wafers
    16 per coaster (8 orange, 8 Licorice [black])

Instructions:

  1. Use the ruler to measure out a 4″ x 4″ square on the card stock paper.
  2. Cut out as many of these squares as you will be making coasters of. Note: the 4″ x 4″ is slightly larger than the space the NECCO Wafers will cover.
  3. Using the glue stick cover the card stock square. It is easiest to usually do this row by row as you place the NECCO Wafers so the glue does not dry too quickly.
  4. Beginning at the corner edge, cover the flat back side of the NECCO Wafer with the glue and place 4 of them in alternating colors. You will want to glue them down so that the edges are touching one another as this will help to add stability to the coaster.
  5. Continue row by row alternating the starting color so you create a checkered pattern.
  6. Trim the excess card stock around the edges with the scissors as you see fit.
  7. You can stop here if you’re satisfied or continue on decorating to the limits of your creative imagination!
  8. A great idea would be to add additional glue in the gaps between the NECCO Wafers and then sprinkle a little glitter. You want to be careful to keep the layer of glitter to a minimum so it sticks and won’t fly off onto your guests if moved.
  9. Enjoy your spooky gathering!! =)