Necco Sweethearts

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 4:24am
deeanne26's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

pDoes anyone know if Necco brand is safe? I'm attempting to contact the company, but who knows how long it will take for a reply./p

Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2001 - 5:59am
maddiesmom's picture
Joined: 12/20/1999 - 09:00

I tried to reach them a few weeks ago. I was told that the person I wanted to reach wasn't at the factory that day so I should call back. I called back the following day and still could not reach anyone. Finally I just asked for someone in the lab-because they typically know. Still no answer. So, I finally just threw away the little box someone had given us. So frustrating when you can't get an answer! Let me know if you are more sucessful than I.
Good luck!

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2001 - 1:37pm
rilira's picture
Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

Here is my response from Necco by the way the response came in less than 24hrs. from my original e-mail):
Dear Mrs. Tupen,
Necco Sweethearts do no have any nut ingredients in them. In most cases,
they are packaged on dedicated lines. In all cases they are manufactured on
dedicated lines. I suggest that you use the little 1 1/8 oz boxes as they
are always packed on dedicated machinery. If you were thinking of using
another style package, please check back and I can tell you whether or not
there is a chance they were run on shared equipment.
Jeff Green
Vice President Research & Quality
New England Confectionery Co.
254 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone 617-876-4700
Fax 617-876-2356
email [email][/email]
I hope this is helpful!
[This message has been edited by rilira (edited February 12, 2001).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 2:04am
deeanne26's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

Thanks for all you help. I never did have any luck talking with someone.

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2001 - 7:12am
macer's picture
Joined: 01/07/2001 - 09:00

They do contain Tragacanth gum which is on my list of things to avoid from the doctor, we just did not have them because of this.

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2002 - 5:22am
Sue's picture
Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

Has anyone recently checked out the ingredients in sweethearts? I just got a call from our daughter's second grade teacher wanting to know if they are safe to use for graphing. Using food/candy in the classroom seems to be the "in thing". I wish they would use non-food items.
I will try and contact the manufacturer. In the mean time I would appreciate your input on the Sweethearts from Neecco.
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2002 - 6:47am
Sue's picture
Joined: 02/13/1999 - 09:00

I have done some checking on the web since my last post. I am not happy with Necco buying Clark and did not know they produced so many items with peanut products. I have sent them an e-mail about the conversation hearts and the wafers.
This is some of the info I have found. Their web site is [url=""][/url]
The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) is the oldest multi-line candy company in the United States. It has three divisions: NECCO Candy, Stark Candy and Haviland Candy. There are four manufacturing facilities. Two of the plants are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts; one in Pewaukee, Wisconsin; and one in Thibodaux, Louisiana. A number of seasonal and year-round brands are produced at the four facilities.
[b]Key Products[/b]
NECCO Wafers
NECCO Chocolate Wafers
NECCO Tart Wafers
Clark bar
Sky Bars
Canada Wintergreen Mints
Canada Peppermint Mints
Candy Button Strips
Candy Cupboard Chocolates
Masterpieces Chocolates
Wrapped Foil Mints
Mary Jane Bags
Mary Jane's 5

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2002 - 11:41am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

macer: Is Tragacanth gum in the legume family? I am not familiar with this ingredient and I'm curious why your doctor said to avoid it.
Sue: I agree with you! I wish the schools would start to use non food items in the classroom!
I just emailed Necco. I hope to get a response from them and will post it ASAP.

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2002 - 9:24pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Yes, it's a legume. So are:
acacia gum
which are in LOTS of things.
We do not make it a point to avoid these things, and we haven't had any problems so far.
[This message has been edited by Lam (edited February 06, 2002).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 8:28am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I think that Sweetarts are safe. I know they are made by Willy Wonka and at one time, the plant they were made in was nut free but I am not sure if that is still true.
You could try contacting Nestle, as they own Willy Wonka now. However, if there is no warning on the label of Nestle proiducts, I would consider it safe.
To contact Nestle USA, you can go to the following web site where there is email & phone number info:
To contact Nestle Canada go to [url=""][/url]
This is their policy from the website ([url][/url]):
Ingredient/Nutrition - Peanuts/Nuts: Why does Nestl

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 8:33am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I think I may be mixing up Necco Sweethearts and Wonka Sweetarts.
Sorry for the confusion.... the names are so similar. I believe Wonka Sweetarts are safe, but no idea about those Necco candies.



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