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New England legend Necco Candy Co. has shut down

The iconic Necco Candy Co., maker of the Necco Wafers and candy hearts, a Valentine’s Day staple, abruptly closed its doors on Wednesday at its Revere, Mass., plant, stunning workers and candy heart enthusiasts everywhere.

The owner of the company behind chalky, colorful confections such as Necco Wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant and hasn’t said if candy production will resume.

The plant’s owner, Round Hill Investments LLC, recently had purchased the company for $17.3 million at a May bankruptcy auction, according to NECN. The plant had been expected to stay open until November.

Round Hill did not identify Necco’s new owner. The closure came as a shock to the close to 230 workers at the plant who say they were told to pick up their final paychecks Friday.

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IHOB is dead, long live IHOP

In a move that is surprising to almost no one, a breakfast joint has changed its name once again.

The restaurant chain previously known as International House of Pancakes, or IHOP, which became the International House of Burgers, or IHOB, for a hot second, now is back to being IHOP. The brand came clean on Twitter on Monday.

Let the record show I called this, as I noted on June 11:

It was not immediately clear on Monday if the name change was permanent, though my money is on it being a fairly temporary push.