Threat of closure spurs surge in sales for Necco Wafers

REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The maker of the colorful Necco Wafers has experienced a surge in sales since announcing it might close unless it finds a buyer, and a Florida woman offered to exchange her 15-year-old car for one company's wafer inventory.

Necco stands for New England Confectionery Co. It announced in March that 395 workers could be laid off if no buyer is found. That triggered a buying spree by wafer lovers.

The Boston Globe reports that Katie Samuels, 23, of Florida, reached out to candy wholesaler to offer her 2003 Honda Accord for their wafer inventory. Samuels has childhood memories of playing church and pretending the candies were communion. did not accept the offer in what it's calling "The Great Necco Wafer Panic.”

Necco has produced the candies since 1847.


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