Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy 100th Sweet Goo Goo Cluster

"Making Wrinkled and Lumpy Fashionable Since 1912" 
How can I not love this candy?

I moved to Nashville in the late summer of 1972 to attend graduate school at Vanderbilt. I was a Northern girl and I had never been further south in the United States than Mount Vernon. I couldn't afford a trip from Connecticut to Nashville to visit before I enrolled, so with a suitcase and my electric typewriter I boarded a plane to Nashville, a place I only knew from the graduate school catalogue and legend. I know I must have been scared, but I only remember being excited at seeing the highway sign for Louisville/St. Louis. This was going to be an adventure. 

I learned to love Nashville, barbecue and Goo Goo Clusters. I had no idea about the Goo Goo Clusters venerable history, I only knew they were delicious. They incorporated caramel, peanuts, milk chocolate and marshmallow nougat. I would eat one and think that "how did they know I liked all of these things put all together." That thought, my blog buddies, is the key to the Goo Goo Cluster, "the first retail confection to be mass produced with multiple elements." They've come a long way since 1912, with the addition of the Supreme, which features pecans and the Peanut Butter Goo Goo Cluster, which is the ideal candy for those of us who like peanut butter and chocolate. They are all yummy, but I got a little thrill today from the classic Goo Goo Cluster. I've had some very fancy candy since tasting my first Goo Goo Cluster in 1972, but few sweets that just hit the spot like a Goo Goo. 

The birthday party was fun, a lot of fun, including Goo Goo samples and a terrific band. I couldn't think of a happier way to spend time on a Saturday afternoon. 
 Happy Birthday!

My blog buddy, Denise, who writes a terrific blog, "Yes, Virginia, There is Life after Retirement" guessed that the featured candy was the Goo Goo Cluster. I'm not sure if she has Nashville roots, but she writes a wise and witty blog, so I am not a bit surprised at her range of knowledge including the Goo Goo.

I only hope I'm going as sweet and strong as my beloved Goo Goo Cluster when I turn 100. Goo Goo, it's your day and here's to you!
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