Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
The Chipwich Returns
In 2011, Nestlé did the unthinkable and discontinued the Chipwich, vanilla ice cream dotted with chocolate chips and sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. The dessert had been around since 1978 and passed through a few hands before being crushed by the mega corporation. Now, it’s back, courtesy of a group called Crave Better Foods, LLC, and it’s available in a variety of grocery stores in Massachusetts and elsewhere on the East Coast...and in one restaurant. The team behind Stoked Pizza (1632 Beacon St., Brookline) just so happens to be friendly with the team rebooting the Chipwich, so now Stoked fans can follow up their pizza with a Chipwich ($2), served on a Cookie Monster plate, of course. It hits the menu today.
It’s been a turbulent time for the Revere-based New England Candy Company, maker of Necco Wafers, Sky Bars, Sweethearts, and more. In March, the company announced that it needed a buyer in order to avoid shutting down and laying off hundreds of workers. Fans went a little bit crazy, a former Necco CEO tried to crowdfund millions of dollars to save the company, a buyer backed out of a near-complete sale for $18.8 million, and then another candy company did step in to save it, to the tune of $17.3 million at an emergency auction. But the relief was short-lived: “Round Hill Investments was very excited to acquire Necco’s historic brands and to be part of their national resurgence,” the company told the Globe earlier this week. “After careful engagement and consideration, however, the firm decided to sell the brands to another national confection manufacturer and today announced the closure of the operations in Revere, Massachusetts.” The workers at the Revere factory had expected that operations would continue at least through November, when the lease was set to run out. No details yet on the fate of the Necco brands in the hands of the unnamed new buyer, but it seems the candy company’s decades in Revere have come to an end.
Korean-Mexican Fusion on Wheels
Allston’s Coreanos (172 Brighton Ave., Boston) is expanding into the food truck realm, debuting a truck at SoWa on August 12, September 8, and October 28, while actively seeking additional opportunities to vend. The truck will serve a mix of existing dishes from the Coreanos restaurant as well as new items. Get ready for kimchi fritas, fried chicken poppers, quesadillas, salads, bowls, and more.
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