There is no candy company out there that is both as famous and infamous as the New England Confectionery Company, aka Necco. That is because they produce many products people adore (Clark Bar and Sky Bar) and many products people despise (Conversation Hearts and Mary Jane).
I have never really had anything against the company. I do enjoy several of their products, and have no major qualms with some of their more disliked candy. I donâ€™t think Necco is as good in quality as other brands out there, but I know what I am getting and am satisfied when I pay ten-cents for a day-after Valentineâ€™s Day candy sale box of conversation hearts.
Except during the holidays, I rarely see Necco products in stores, excluding Necco Wafers. That is why when I saw this orange bag dangling at a Walgreens, I was immediately drawn to it. The bag read, Necco Old Fashioned Cream Drops.
I had never heard of these, or of cream drops in general for that matter, and was curious about them right off the bat. The bag itself is designed with a beautiful, nostalgic eye, and a color pallet borrowed from the den of a generic 1970s sitcom. I have been deceived by pretty candy packages before, but I was willing to be made a fool of again for a dollar fifty.
When I got home, I tried to find out as much as I could about them. And guess what? Everyone else knows as much (or little) as I do. They arenâ€™t listed on Neccoâ€™s homepage, there isnâ€™t anything about them on Wikipedia, and no one sells these online. I felt as if I had stumbled onto the El Dorado of candy when I opened this bag to review what apparently few had ever tasted, much less seen.
You should know by now my proclivities for all things candy, especially how I like to play around with temperature. Here is what these tasted like in the standard three temperature gradients:
Room Temperature: This piece is incredibly creamy, and will most likely burn your throat with the richness. The mockolate is thick with a waxy aftertaste. Despite my disliking of the piece, I couldnâ€™t get the taste of Little Debbieâ€™s Swiss Cake Rolls out of my mouth.
Chilled: The shell retains more of a milk chocolate flavor here and is less pronounced, which is a good thing. The cream blend is a bit more viscous, as is the shell, but not in such a way that its hard to chew. The intensity in this version was muted compared to the room temperature ones, which in turn made this my favorite of the three.
Frozen: The mockolate shell is hard, and you need to give it a good chomp to get through it. The mockolate flavor is most contained in this form, and even the cream to a lesser extent. I tasted hints of coconut, and if not for the texture being a little too congealed for my liking, I probably would have liked this more than the chilled variety.
Overall, my personal opinion on these is that theyâ€™re too dense and sweet for my own liking; however, if youâ€™re a fan of those mockolate cakes with the cream filling, then youâ€™ll probably enjoy these too. This product would most likely be considered in the upper echelon of Necco products for most people, as it isnâ€™t terrible, and as far as mockolate products go, this is one of the better ones. So for all you Necco haters out there, if you come across these in a store, you can relax and enjoy them. They might not become your favorite candy, but theyâ€™ll never develop the reputation their cousins possess.