The World’s Worst Candy Is Coming Back for Some Reason
In one of the most unnecessary moves of all time, Necco wafers are set to make a comeback after a two-year absence.
Yay, I guess.
It’s not like we’re talking about the return of Hostess and Drake’s a few years ago. Now there was a comeback everyone with a sweet tooth could get behind. But Necco wafers? Any house that gave those away on Halloween should have been toilet papered just on principle.
Seriously, who except 90-year-olds and people with no taste buds were clamoring for the return of these flavored little discs? They barely qualify as “candy,” in my opinion. It’s like someone took a candy cigarette – sorry millennials, you’ve probably never seen one of those, but for some reason, we used to think it was fun to give kids candy in the shape of a cigarette so they could pretend to smoke – and pounded it flat, but yet retained the same chalky flavor.
The Spangler Candy Company purchased the Necco wafers brand two years ago, and has apparently been working hard on bringing back one of the nation’s oldest candies, which first went into production back in 1847 (and taste like it).
The alleged “candies” will start appearing in major drug stores like CVS and Walgreens next month, and then expanding to stores like Big Lots, Dollar General and grocery stores in July, said Spangler in the announcement of the wafers’ return.
Spangler promises no real changes to the original recipe, with seven of the eight flavors – lemon (yellow), lime (green), orange (orange), clove (light purple), cinnamon (white), wintergreen (pink), and licorice (dark grey) tasting exactly the same, while the chocolate (brown wafers will have “a richer cocoa flavor” that’s “due to a minor improvement made in the cooking process.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of most old-time candies. I love root beer barrels, caramel cremes, butterscotch hard candies, even circus peanuts – and my all-time favorite is Swedish fish. But I just could never understand why people were so passionate about the Necco wafers. Sure, they don’t melt, so they’re great to bring to the beach. But they would always shatter, and not to mention, the paper wrapper was a pain to keep closed once you’d opened it. And the lack of flavor always made me think the perfect tagline for Necco wafers would be “candy for people who really don’t like candy.”
How about you, are you excited for the return of Necco wafers? Any other old-time candies you’d like to see make a comeback?