NECCO Wafers Get A Facelift


NECCO Wafers - the oldest continuously-produced candy in the US, dating from 1847 - have undergone a major remake.  The NECCO logo has been redesigned, the packaging has been revamped, and the colors and flavors of the wafers themselves have been reformulated and new flavors introduced.
From top to bottom in the picture above:
Original NECCO Wafers:  Eight flavors:  Pink (wintergreen), purple (clove), white (cinnamon), charcoal grey (licorice), brown (chocolate), yellow (lemon), green (lime), and orange (orange.)  I've been eating these since I was a kid and I never knew the white ones were supposed to be cinnamon.  I always thought the flavor was the same pepsiny stuff that's in Beeman's Gum and wax lips.  By the way, the purple ones are my favorite.
New NECCO Wafers.  There are seven flavors now, and the company says prominently on the label that they're all natural.  Lime flavor has been dropped, but the other seven are the same, though the lemon and cinnamon are more subtle, and the chocolate flavor more strongly cocoa-flavored.
NECCO Chocolate assortment.  Chocolate NECCO wafers used to be uniformly brown chocolate wafers. Now, they come in a four-flavor chocolate assortment: Moccha, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate.  There doesn't seem to be a lot of difference between the Milk and Dark flavors to me, but Lynnafred says that the Darks are more like cocoa than the Milk.  The White Chocolate flavor is heavily tinged with vanilla, yet retains the cocoa-butter back taste of good white chocolate.  And the Moccha flavor does have some coffee taste.
NECCO Smoothies.  These were really interesting and had very distinct and enjoyable flavors.  Pale blue (blueberry) was surprisingly strong-flavored and very good. Yellow (banana caramel) had a full, sweet banana flavor with just a hint of caramel-vanilla deliciousness behind it.  Tropical was a pretty good pineapple flavor with a hint of coconut.  Orangey-pink (peach) tasted like gummi peaches, sweet and mouth-wateringly fruity. Pink (strawberry creme) was also very good.  Like strawberry syrup.
Link:
NECCO's official website..