Spangler Candy Company has two new iconic candy brands to add to its confectionary. The Bryan, Ohio based candy maker purchased NECCO Wafers and Sweethearts after the New England Confectionary Company went bankrupt.
NECCO Wafers date back to 1847 when an English immigrant invented a lozenge-cutting machine to make wafers. Sweethearts, a popular Valentine’s Day candy, were created in 1901. The heart shaped candies feature messages such as “Be Mine” or “Miss You”.
Spangler is one of the largest lollipop producers in the world with its many Dum-Dums flavors. It’s excited to add more candy to its production.
“The combination of Dum-Dums, candy canes, Sweethearts, and NECCO Wafers will make Spangler a stronger company within the global confectionery market and will be a catalyst for growth,” said Spangler Chairman and CEO Kirk Vashaw in a news release. “Our new brands and our campus expansion will have direct benefits to our consumers, customers, suppliers, employees and the communities where we do business.”
NECCO Wafers will be reintroduced in 2019. Sweethearts will be relaunched for the 2020 Valentine’s Day season.
Spangler has also purchased 20 acres near its current facility to expand warehouse space and future needs. The space was owned by New Era Ohio LLC which stopped manufacturing in 2010.