The Goo Goo Cluster is made by the Standard Candy Company in Nashville, TN. It’s one of the few surviving regional candies. I’m not sure if you can find them outside of the South. I’m in the New Orleans area, and I can find Goo Goos at discount stores and the “mom and pop” grocery store (a dying breed themselves) in my town. I don’t ever see them at the big grocery chains.
The Goo Goo Cluster comes in the original, Supreme, and Peanut Butter version. I’ve tried the original and Supreme before, but this is my first Peanut Butter. I picked it up at a discount store even though it was due to expire in a month. I kind of regret that now, because it would probably get a better review if it were fresh. But I’ve got to take what I can get.
A Goo Goo Cluster is peanuts, marshmallow, and caramel covered in milk chocolate. The Goo Goo Peanut Butter is just peanut butter and peanuts covered with milk chocolate. It’s not very attractive — it’s just a plop of ingredients — but it has it’s charm.
The peanuts obviously weren’t fresh. They weren’t crunchy, but they were awfully salty. The whole thing was too salty for me. The chocolate didn’t add enough sweetness on it’s own. I think they should have added (or rather, kept) either the caramel or marshmallow from the original Goo Goo. This would have added more sweetness and kept it more true to the original. It’s just too much peanut butter.
While this bar has definite problems, I know it would have been better had it been fresh. I’ll consider giving it a second chance if I find a fresh one.
Name: Goo Goo Peanut Butter
Brand: Standard Candy Company
Store: Big Lots