Happy 100th Birthday,
Goo Goo Clusters!
Chef’s Market goes
Goo Goo in Goodlettsville.
Wow, am I stoked! My favorite candy bar of all time, the delicious Goo Goo Cluster, is celebrating their 100th anniversary and the good folks at the Standard Candy Company have asked Chef’s Market to develop and feature a recipe through October showcasing their world famous treat.
My love for the Goo Goo began around the time I was six, around the same time the Standard Candy Company was celebrating its 50th anniversary. Everyday during the school year, near the end of our long bus ride home from my elementary school in rural West Tennessee, our bus driver Mr. Cotner would circle around the headquarters of the Shiloh National Park.
Because our house was his last stop, he occasionally would take a break and let my sisters and I off at the Post Office next door where they sold candy, chips and soda. I would make a beeline to the snack counter and order a Goo Goo.
I’ll never forget how good they tasted. From its milk chocolate coating to its sweet and salty combination to its chewy and crunchy texture– it was perfection all wrapped into a unique shape.
After we got our treat, our basset hound Sebastian, who camped out at the park during the day, joined us for the rest of the bus ride home. He was always so excited to see us that Mr. Cotner couldn’t resist our pleas to let him aboard. Once on the bus he would go into a crazy frenzy, running up and down the aisle, barking and hopping over seats. The only way to get him to calm down was to give him a little bite of my Goo Goo Cluster. Sebastian had great taste. Jim
Over the years we have baked Goo Goo cheesecakes, Goo Goo cakes and Goo Goo pies, so to be different because we are known for our salad, we’re mixed it up making a Goo Goo Caramel Apple Salad. Perfect for the holidays, the apples in the salad are tart and balance the rich caramel and chocolate in the Goo Goo. We will feature in our salad case next to our popular Ambrosia and White Chocolate Banana Pudding. Here’s our recipe.
Goo Goo Caramel Apple Salad
6 apples (4 red 4 green)
8 Original Goo Goo Clusters (frozen)
5oz of Vanilla Pudding Mix
1 ½ cups of milk
16 oz of whipped topping
2 oz. of quality caramel sauce
3 oz of shelled roasted peanuts
Save a few apple sliced from above to garnish.
Core and dice apples.
Diced frozen Goo Goo Cluster
In a large mixing bowl add the milk to the pudding mix. Whisk by hand for 3 minutes.
Fold puddling mix into the whipped topping
Fold in the apples and chopped Goo Goo Clusters
Garnish with apples, caramel sauce and peanuts.