Despite being a keystone of the candy aisle for the last 171 years, Necco wafer candies (and the New England Confectionary Co. in general) may soon be a thing of the past. While known for other candies besides the Necco wafer, the multi-colored, pastel candy is a controversial one that people either love or hate. Chief Executive, Michael McGee announced in March that the company was in search of potential buyers, but if one was not found, the company could have to lay off 395 employees, majority of the workforce, and go out of business by May.