Not sure if Iâ€™ve ever actually seen anybody with a roll of Necco wafers except my father. These were the sort of thing you would find inside his coat pocket, along with a Zippo lighter, a pack of Parliaments, and a handkerchief.
Necco Wafers are an old timey treat that are decidedly odd with their strange flavors and chalky consistency. They donâ€™t seem to be the sort of thing craved by children — not these days, anyway. According to a timeline on the New England Candy Company site:
1913: Explorer Donald MacMillan takes Necco Wafers on his Arctic expedition, using them for nutrition and as rewards to Eskimo children.
If youâ€™re used to eating seal blubber, Necco Wafers look pretty good!
All-natural flavors and colors, the company thought, would draw young mothers concerned about their childrenâ€™s diet.
By the way, Necco Wafers contain gelatin, which means they arenâ€™t Kosher — and off limits to strict vegetarians.
Itâ€™s surprising the way little things can bring you back. A certain smell or taste. A song. Or even the way that translucent wrapping of a roll of Necco Wafers feels in your hand. Now whenever I see a roll of Necco Wafers I grab them. And I think about my father.