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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 Candy Store to Open for First Time in Years!

NeccoClassicLogoNECCO will be opening their candy store to the public for the first time in years for Valentine’s Day! Stop by and stock up on 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:               Saturday February 9th–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!

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