I was a little late in discovering the existence of Necco Wafers, but once I did, I found them quite the intriguing candy, with all their old-fashioned style. It turns out that Necco (New England Confectionery company) has been making candy wafers since 1847. The Necco Wafers brand came around in 1912. Necco is more known for the Sweethearts that show up for Valentine’s Day, but I prefer the wafers by far, even if they’re basically the same thing in a different shape. Of course, it’s only the rolls of solid chocolate wafers, leaving out wintergreen and lime and the rest, that are of interest here.
In these days of bright and shiny wrappers, it’s nice to take a break with the simple wax paper Necco uses. The dusty (with what white powder I really don’t know), quarter-sized wafers that make sounds like poker chips when banged together also feel like remnants of a bygone era. And their taste. It reminds me of a chocolate malt from a vintage soda fountain. Yes, that does mean that the chocolate taste is more artificial than not, but can we really expect more? Chocolate is the third ingredient, coming after sugar and corn syrup, which must make up the bulk.
From “wafer“, you’d expect something soft and airy. But, no, these are hard candies with a texture like chalk. That makes them a bit harsh for your teeth to tear into. Which isn’t something I mind since my favorite thing is to wait as they dissolve in my mouth, trying to be delicate enough to keep them from breaking as they get thinner and thinner.
And that’s all there is to them. Very simple, even for a candy, but that’s why they stay such a simply endearing sweet.