Candy fans hoarding Necco Wafers now that confectionery company could close

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Sweets lovers are apparently going into panic mode now that the country’s oldest candy company, Necco, might be going out of business — and they're rushing to stock up on Necco Wafers, in particular, despite the product's relative unpopularity.

New England Confectionery Co., based in New England, announced last month that it might shut its plant in Revere, Mass., after 170 years in business. The company makes sweets such as Necco Wafers, Mary Janes, Clark Bars and Sweethearts, a candy that gained popularity thanks to Valentine’s Day.

However, out of all the candies that may be lost, fans are most upset over Necco Wafers, according to The Wall Street Journal. The candy — which the Journal described as “chalky” — is also known for its long shelf life, making it even more ideal for hoarding.

Joe Prince, the president of, told the publication he's received hundreds of inquiries over the weekend about the candies and where people can buy them.

And says people have been "panic buying" the wafers since news broke of the potential closure of the plant.

New England Confectionery Co. announced in March that, unless the company could find a buyer, layoffs could begin by early May.

The Necco Wafer has been produced since 1847, and enjoyed as far back as the Civil War. 

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