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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NECCO To Open Store for Valentine’s Day

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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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#Tweethearts = sweet Tweets & treats!

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Looking for a surprise gift for your loved one that is a truly special treat? Then it looks like it’s time for you to send your sweetheart a Tweetheart!

With our friends at Hill Holliday, we have just launched an awesome new program for our Sweethearts fans called #tweethearts where your loving tweets will be turned into sweet treats! And you can ship them to your sweeties as a Valentine’s Day present!

Ready to get started? Just follow these easy steps!

  1. Log onto Twitter.
  2. Send a Tweet to @Tweethearts that includes a love note that you would want printed on Sweethearts candy hearts for that special someone.
  3. You’ll receive a picture preview from @Tweethearts with what your #Tweetheart looks like. If it looks great, fill out your sweetheart’s name and shipping address, make a payment, and you’re done!
  4. Sit back and smile because you know that your gift was the sweetest surprise your loved one will get this Valentine’s Day season!

Need a little more info on exactly how to send your special someone a Tweetheart? Just watch this awesome how-to video from Hill Holliday and then get to Tweeting! =)

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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NECCO Store to Open for Christmas!

Great news to all our local fans and those traveling to Boston this week! We are having a special holiday opening of our candy store at our World Headquarters! We will be selling some of our holiday favorites such as Haviland Thin Mints, Peach Blossoms, and Dark Chocolate Nonpareils in addition to our favorite classics  like NECCO Wafers, Mary Janes, Sky Bars and Clark Bars!

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There will even be a fill your own holiday treat bag candy buffet – the perfect stocking stuffer! [Or treat for yourself! ;-)]

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DATES:      Monday December 16th – Friday 20th and Monday December 23rd
NOTE: the store will be CLOSED on Saturday 12/21 & Sunday 12/22

LOCATION:                         NECCO World Headquarters
135 American Legion Highway, Revere, MA

TIME:                     Daily, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

We also want to send a warm shout out to Mom’s Lifesavers for stopping by and checking out the store on Monday! Always great to see them, especially when chocolate is involved! ;-)  Check their website out for awesome parenting tips, ideas & fun family activities!

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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Personality Quiz! “Which NECCO candy are you?”

Love all of NECCO’s candies? Then, take this fun quiz and see which of our favorite classic sweets best suits your personality! And don’t forget to share it with your friends to have a little fun seeing who turns out to be Candy Buttons and who is a Sky Bar! =)

Which NECCO candy are you?

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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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Peanut Butter Clark Bar Surprise Cookies!

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Peanut butter is one of our favorite foods , which is why we just can’t resist our Clark Bar! It’s made of real chocolate with a real crunchy peanut butter center. The crunchy blend of PB & chocolate make it a regular snack and dessert for our loyal NECCO fans!

We love the Clark Bar so much that we love to incorporate it into many of our favorite candy-inspired recipes. For this weekend delight, we whipped up some chewy peanut butter cookies with a surprise Clark Bar filling.  With every peanut buttery bite you get the surprise crunch of our classic candy bar.  These will be sure to quickly disappear from the plate, and are perfect to enjoy alongside a cold glass of milk. So take a couple minutes to whip up these simple delights and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 and ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter
  • 1 & ¼ cups of peanut butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 & ¼ cup of light brown sugar
  • 2 Full Sized Clark Bars (or more if you want to add some crunch!)

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Baking supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • 1 or 2 flat cookie pans/sheets (depending on size of oven)
  • 1 large and 1 medium mixing bowl
  • mixer (stand or hand)
  • measuring cup
  • 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp , 1 tsp, and 1 Tbsp measuring spoons
  • whisk
  • cutting board
  • sharp, chopping knife

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 medium sized mixing bowl, gently mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt, using the whisk. Set aside.
  3. In the large mixing bowl, add the the sugar and the brown sugar. Then, add in the butter. Using the mixer, carefully cream the butter and sugars together until ingredients are completely combined, and there are no clumps of butter in the sugar. The end result should be a light mixture.
  4. Once this mixture is near-fluffy, add in the egg whites. Using the mixer, beat in the eggs until completely combined.
  5. In the same bowl, pour in the vanilla extract and the peanut butter. Again, use the mixer to completely mix all ingredients in the bowl until completely combined. Be thorough in the mixing here to avoid clumps of unmixed ingredients.
  6. Once this mix is ready, slowly add the flour/baking soda/salt mix from the medium sized bowl in increments to the mix. Use the mixer on a lower setting to thoroughly combine these ingredients. This will be a gradual process to complete mix ingredients.
  7. On the cutting board, chop the Clark Bars to your desired size of pieces. When cutting, the Clark Bars often crumble. Don’t worry; these smaller pieces add a great peanut butter crunchy flavor and texture to the cookies!
  8. Use your hands to roll the pieces of dough into small balls. Push your thumb into the ball to hollow the center and place a piece of the Clark Bar in the open space. Fold the dough around the piece of Clark Bar making sure it’s completely covered on all sides.
  9. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper, and place the dough balls 2-3 inches apart.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Pay close attention to the cookies to ensure they are not over-baked or burnt.  Remove from oven when cookies appear golden brown.
  11. Add time if needed. Once golden brown, remove cookies from oven and set aside to cool completely. Do not remove cookies from parchment paper until completely cooled to avoid crumbling.
  12. After 5-10 minutes, feel free to move cookies onto a cooling rack or other plate to complete the cooling process.
  13. Indulge! =)

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

 

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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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