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!


Anonymous said...

what great! thanks for sharing...blessings

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Hope you have a sweet Sunday!

Theresa said...

My Husband is from Nashville! Love it there:) Have a blessed day and I'll have a GOO GOO today in honor of the birthday! HUGS!

Anonymous said...

I could eat a box full of these!

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

Thanks for the mention, Buttercup. I vacationed in Nashville several years ago and GooGoo Clusters seemed to be everywhere. If they were covered in dark chocolate, I'd probably be hooked too!

Ms Sparrow said...

I haven't encountered the Goo Goo Cluster very often but they are the King of candy bars! A local candy shop makes a confection with a caramel covered marshmallow dipped in chocolate and topped with a sour ball. It is to die for!

Lynda said...

I didn't know you had gone to school in Nashville - - - only three hours from me. It is definitely a city with lots to do and sample. That party looked great. Was the band good? I saw on Goo-Goo's website that they were bringing one.

pudwinks said...

They look scrummy - alas not available in Kernowland :-(