People Have Started Panic-Buying Necco Wafers

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Necco wafers have never been one of the biggest sellers in the country, but they are one of the best-known sweets made by its namesake manufacturer - the New England Confectionary Company, the oldest continuously operating candy maker in the country at 170 years old. The Wall Street Journal said the candy has been described as "tropical drywall", "plaster surprise" and "attic citrus."

But, the historic candy company has hit a bump in their journey.

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In response to the announcement, sales of NECCO's chalky candy wafers - which typically get (at best) mixed reviews - increased by 63% as orders poured in from panicked sugar fiends across the country.

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Necco could not be immediately reached for comment.

But if the factory in Revere closes, almost 400 jobs will be lost. As of 2011, Necco had about 500 employees, the Globe reported.

The Massachusetts-based New England Confectionary Company, also called Necco, is the maker of various old-fashioned candy classics, such as Sweethearts, Mary Janes, Candy Buttons, Squirrel Nut Zippers - and the Necco Wafer.

"A clear signal of panic-buying", Robins wrote in a post on the retailer's website.