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Subject: NECCO Sweethearts flavor change!?! Noooooo!!! rss

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Every year I look forward to eating mass quantities of fresh NECCO Sweethearts (the original conversation hearts) in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. Last night I ran out to grab some snacks for a game night and couldn't pass up an opportunity to snag some NECCO goodness. However, one taste revealed that these were not the same sugary bliss. Gone are the classic flavors that I once loved.

Only orange and grape flavors remain (although they do taste different) and blue raspberry has been added gulp. The other flavors have changed as follows: white (gone), yellow (banana -> lemon), green (lime -> green apple), pink (cherry -> strawberry).

Seriously...how do you just up and change an American candy staple like this. I am very disappointed NECCO.

Here's a poll to gauge my level of outrage against the other wise minds here in Chit Chat:

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The new NECCO Sweetheats flavors are:
So bad that they are worthy of an angry mob with pitchforks and torches.
Horrible, but I can live with it.
Fine...just don't do away with the classic flavors.
Different? I didn't even notice.
Better, but just slightly.
Amazing. Pure sugary bliss.
I really don't care. (i.e. I'm European and we have superior sweets anyway.)
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My wife has informed me that this post is neither angry nor hostile enough.
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karp wrote:

My wife has informed me that this post is neither angry nor hostile enough.

Your wife is wise.

I didn't know they had changed and ate a few. The taste was awful. Too strong, too sour...just wrong. I thought they were cheap knock-offs that really screwed up until I looked carefully at the package.

NECCO, what have you done?
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I didn't know Necco candy HAD a flavor! nuclear
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So you expect me to spend my hard earned cash to go buy something that I know I will eat and go Ick? That's just wrong.

What are you, George Carlin?
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Where's the option of EWW! I never liked them anyways, so why would I like them now?
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Rappak wrote:
Where's the option of EWW! I never liked them anyways, so why would I like them now?

Isn't it mandatory to have at least one missing option from every poll? Anyway...everyone who's anyone likes NECCO.
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I was disappointed when I read the ingredients of Necco anything: artificial flavours, artifical colours. Tsk tsk.

Thank goodness for the British Sweet Shop.
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HBGlover wrote:
I didn't know Necco candy HAD a flavor! nuclear

+1

The few times I tried these (yes, as a child) they had ZERO flavor. They all tasted the same--just sweet.
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Do they still have the pepto-bismol flavor?
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sisteray wrote:
Do they still have the pepto-bismol flavor?

No they don't. That's the problem. They have strong flavors to them which is just wrong.
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So why not just call it "Wild" Sweethearts or something.
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Drew1365 wrote:
Unless . . . it's possible that things really have changed . . .

Unfortunately this is the depressingly sad situation.
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Well, that is the final sign that America is no longer America anymore.

Everyone, quick. Buy up solar panels and print off everything you need to learn to survive, civilization is collapsing!!! ninja
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I almost bought some yesterday. I'm glad I didn't! The banana were my favorite, and they were good because the flavors were all subtle.

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NO MORE BANANA?!?!
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This is just wrong.
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CameronL wrote:
NO MORE BANANA?!?!
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This is just wrong.

Excellent...now this is the kind of outrage I'm looking for!
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I almost bought some yesterday too. I love the chalky taste of Necco hearts and the white ones were my favorites.
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Necco conversation hearts can fornicate themselves with a retractable baton.

Brach's is where it's at. arrrh
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Progmode wrote:
Brach's is where it's at. arrrh

Indeed. I just had some Brach's hearts last night. Those guys know not to mess with a classic formula. Although, they still aren't as good as the original NECCO. Oh well.
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Every year I go off my diet long enough to enjoy multiple bags of tiny conversation hearts. I just bought a bag, surprised by the package change, but assuming the yummy contents inside were my old favorite. Unbelievalbe! After eating a few to confirm that I wasn't dreaming, I threw away the bag. yuck. Why would they do that???!

As I type I'm finishing off a roll of NECCO wafers. Tastes ok, but colors are washed out. Package says they are now natural. Who cares, its candy, why does it have to be natural???

Whoever did all this should be fired.
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My wife (who doesn't troll BGG ... doesn't even have a userID here, if you can imagine that) found this thread while Googling around for confirmational iRage on this topic -- so, she had me find it and vote on her behalf.

She is out in the garage looking for our pitchfork at this very moment! (Good thing we also keep a handy supply of torches around as well.)

She also felt it might be handy to post this link:
http://www.necco.com/ContactUs/Default.asp

She's already written to them via that page ... something about New Coke ...

Some changes just shouldn't happen.

Cheers,
-Matt
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It isn't just the hearts. I regularly pick up a roll of Necco wafers and I've noticed their taste has changed, for the worse, recently.

Necco Wafers have been a staple for a long, long time for me, but it seems they wanted to make the experience a bit bland and more minty, yuck!
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Ah, I just consulted wikipedia. Evidently they are changing to "natural flavors" which of course is why they taste gross.

Look... if I'm buying candy I know it isn't healthy for me. I'm buying it for the taste, not because I feel I'm being nourished by it or falling into accord with nature.
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So I was excited to grab some discount candy on Cheap Candy Day. It was surprisingly already sold out almost everywhere I looked by the 16th which is unusual, but I finally found some - only the small hearts (I prefer the large ones), but whatever, still delicious. Huh, changed packaging, that's odd. I decided since it was just the small ones I'd only get about 10 bags of 'em.

I got to my car and opened one up, ready to taste that chalky deliciousness - and then almost spit it up. "What the hell is this?" I thought. I tried another color. "Gah! Orange was the 2nd best flavor, what have they done to you!" With much trepidation, I gave my old pal yellow, easily the best flavor, a try.

Lemon? LEMON??!?! This is an abomination! This is an outrage!!!


Googling this madness brought this thread up right near the top. Seriously, what the hell were they thinking? If we want our candy to have strong flavors we'll go buy some quality candy instead or something; when I think Necco, I think delicious chalky goodness! Now I'm sitting on 8 3/4th bags of these tiny abominations; Not sure if I should return them or what

Maybe I'll visit another town tomorrow to see if I can find any Brach's hearts still for sale anywhere :/
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