Monday, April 13, 2015

Necco Wafers in the Civil War


The Necco Wafer dates back to 1847 when English immigrant Oliver Chase invented the lozenge cutter enabling him to make the candies. The cutter is believed to be the first American candy machine, and Union soldiers during the Civil War carried the candies, then known as “hub wafers,’’ according to Necco.

In 1901, Chase merged his business with two other companies to form the New England Confectionery Co., and about a decade later the wafers adopted the “Necco’’ name.


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