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21 Things You Didn't Know About NECCO Wafers

Everyone's least favorite Halloween candy has been making us miserable since 1847.

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1. In 1847, Oliver Chase invented a machine to cut candy wafers, and the abomination called the "hub wafer" was born

People in 1847 thought this candy was DELICIOUS. They couldn't get enough of the chalky nastiness.

2. NECCO stands for New England Confectionary Company. It's the oldest candy company in the U.S.

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Although the wafer was invented in 1847, the company wasn't called NECCO until 1901 when the wafer maker merged with 2 other candy companies.


9. Admiral Richard Byrd took 2 tons of NECCO wafers on his polar expedition in the '30s

Since NECCO wafers have an insane shelf life, I guess this is a decent idea. Although the crew probably wished they all would die at sea rather than eat a bunch of NECCO wafers.

11. The Cambridge, MA factory used to have this awesome painted water tower

The factory was located right near the MIT campus in Cambridge from 1937-2001. The building was bought by a pharmaceutical company who paint over the colored water tower with their stupid logo. Booo!