You either love them or you hate them:  Candy Sweethearts and Necco Wafers.  Now fans are wondering if they'll ever see them again.  News sources are reporting that the Massachusetts plant where the candies has been closed down unexpectedly, with no word on whether or not it will resume production.

The move comes as the current owner of the traditional hard candies was trying to sell its holdings.  Round Hill Investments LLC had just bought the rights to the candy and the plant at a bankruptcy auction in May, spending over $17 million in the process.  In turn, the company was looking to divest itself of the investment to another holding company.

Wednesdays closure leaves 230 employees without any word on their future.  Along with Necco Wafers and Sweetheart candies, the plant also produced Squirrel Nut Zippers and Mary Jane candies - operating as the United States' oldest continuously operating candy plant.

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