When I found out it was made right in the area of Nashville where we were staying, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to check it out and sample the tasty treats.
The Goo Goo Cluster is promoted as the nation's first combination candy.
According to the people at Goo Goo, before 1912, candy was manufactured in bars only, consisting of one element, like chocolate. This concoction, the brain child of Howell Campbell, Sr. and Porter Moore, is made of caramel, nougat, and peanuts, and then draped in chocolate. In 1912, this combination did not fit the mold, literally.
The Goo Goo timeline in its Nashville flagship.
Because of their unique shape, Goo Goo Clusters used to be hand wrapped in tinfoil by the candy ladies.
Today, automation allows for 20,000 wrapped clusters ever hour. Sorry, Lucy!
As for the name, it took some time. It is said that Mr. Campbell, was chatting with fellow streetcar passengers on his way to work one day and mentioned that his son's first words were "Goo goo." A teacher, also riding on the streetcar told Campbell that Goo Goo should be the name of his new candy, because it was so good, people would ask for it from birth.
And so began the Goo Goo Cluster.
At the Nashville store, you can buy variations on the original Goo Goo Cluster, featuring unique small-batch combinations, or you can purchase boxes to take home with you, as well as nostalgic Goo Goo merchandise. The boxes come in the original combination, the Supreme, with pecans instead of peanuts, and with peanut butter, instead of nougat. I brought home the variety pack with all three. They're all fabulous.
The Goo Goo store is located at 116 3rd Avenue, South in Nashville. Their telephone number is 615-490-6685.
And if you're not in the Nashville area, you can order the sweet treats and merchandise online.
The Goo Goo Cluster was a tasty surprise during my trip to Nashville. What is your favorite uniquely local treat you have tried while away for business or holiday?