Known as America's Oldest Candy Company, the Boston Globe struggles to survive. Veuer's Nick Cardona has this story.

The world of Necco wafers has crumbled.

The Massachusetts plant that made the lover, but The Boston Globe reported that the once bankrupt Necco, which was bought for $ 17.3 million in May, was sold to another confectionery manufacturer

Necco, short for New England Confectionery Co., is believed to be the oldest continuously operating candy firm in the US. It traces its roots back to 1847, but adopted the name at the turn of the 20th century.

According to the Society, civil war soldiers from the north and US troops during the Second World War ate the crusty-sweet Necco wafers. The iconic sugary snack also came into the Arctic and Antarctic via early explorers who passed through the frozen tundra. It was also a mainstay in theaters where moviegoers wandered the sticky aisles to the snackbar.

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Sweets lovers will recognize Round Hill Investments, owned by billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos and his sons, as a company that bought Hostess Brands when the Twinkies maker went bankrupt in 2013

"Round Hill Investments Very pleased to acquire the historic brands of Necco and become part of their national recovery, "the statement said to the Globe. "However, after careful consideration and consideration, the company decided to sell the brands to another national clothing manufacturer and today announced the closure of its facilities in Revere, Massachusetts."

According to Globe reports, the company operates Necco under the affiliate name Sweetheart Candy, has not said who Necco's new owner is or whether the iconic snacks will be restored.

Late Wednesday morning, Necco's website was down and the phone number was no longer valid

The news of the closure came so fast that the city in which Necco is based received no prior notice and only received news after receiving the media Inquiry.

"We are disappointed that Round Hill was unable to follow the enthusiasm it expressed in its acquisition of Necco," Mayor Brian Arrigo said in an e-mail. "The city of Revere will make every effort to assist displaced workers with referrals to agencies that can help them."

Necco also made Sweethearts and Clark Bars, two less controversial snacks whose names gave no mercy to the local Boston accent. 19659008] A diverse group of fans – from CEOs to NASA scientists to journalists and a curator at Harvard University – turned to social media to express their grief over the demise of the company.

Shawn Patrick Moloney, who remembered his grandparents Necco Oblates, said he buys them when he sees them in a shop. Valentine's Day always reminds him of Sweethearts, which he gave and received on the 14th of February in high school.

"It was a staple in a candy aisle that was a mile long," said 33-year-old Reale. "If I see her, I'll probably buy a bunch before they disappear." It's kind of sad so much variety has forgotten some of the basic ones – it's a really good candy and me. " I am surprised that it did not last.

In March, the news of the companies' gathering led fans to buy Necco Wafers.

For Carolyn Kellogg, book editor at Los Angeles Times They represent part of their early years in Rhode She seldom meets her on the West Coast and admits she feels nostalgic

"They are part of the sweets landscape of my childhood," she said, "They were adorable to look at and as a child I was always very excited to see them in one Kind of pastel wrappers to watch, but they were a disappointment. "


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