See also: NECCO Wafers
OLDEST CANDY COMPANY
Established in 1847, the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) is the oldest continuously operating candy company in the United States.
NECCO's delicious beginnings date back to the mid-19th century, when brothers Oliver and Daniel Chase of Boston invented and patented many candy-making devices. Oliver invented a lozenge cutter, the first American candy machine, and in 1850, he invented a machine for crushing sugar into a dust.
In 1866, Daniel Chase invented the Lozenge Printing Machine, creating 'conversation candies,' which had instant and widespread popularity. NECCO is the number one maker in the United States of the famous Valentine conversation hearts with romantic words and messages stamped on them. About 8 billion a year are produced!
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