Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Cow Tails

Name: Cow Tales
Brand: Goetze’s
Place Purchased: Candy Express (Pittsburgh Airport)
Price: $.79
Size: 1.0 ounce
Calories per ounce: 110
Type: Caramel

I’ve always been a huge fan of Goetze’s Caramel Creams (often referred to as Bulls-eyes), not really because of the caramel, but because of the incredible cream.

The cream in the center of a caramel cream really isn’t creamy, it’s intensely sweet but very light and has this intense cooling effect in the mouth. I don’t see Goetze’s very often in Los Angeles but I do pick them up a couple times a year when I do.


Cow Tales (I don’t know why they’re Tales and not Tails ... though the website does tell part of the history) are very similar to the famous Caramel Creams. The main difference is the shape. Imagine a very long (about 7 1/2”) rope of caramel that’s actually a tube filled with the famous caramel cream. It doesn’t look like much when you take it out the wrapper. It’s soft and bendy and has a light dusting of corn starch to keep it from sticking.

The most interesting thing about Goetze’s caramel is that it’s nothing like any other caramel I’ve ever had. In fact, I hesitate to call it true caramel as the first ingredient is not sugar, butter or cream or even corn syrup, but WHEAT FLOUR. So really, the caramel is more like a cookie dough, which is a pretty cool flavor. It has a good chew without any stickiness. It’s sweet, but also pretty mellow. There are not carmelized sugar notes to it, just a consistent floury vanilla taste.

My favorite way to eat Caramel Creams is to turn them inside out onto my tongue so that I can eat the cream first and then I follow it with the caramel husk. The Cow Tales make that a bit harder, so I just ate it as the good candy-maker intended, biting off pieces and chewing. The combination of the mellow caramel and the sweet center is really nice.

Given a choice, I’m going to stick with the familiar caramel creams. They’re easier to share and it’s easier to choose how to eat each caramel. On the west coast I can usually find Goetze’s products at Rite Aid (which is based in Camp Hill, PA, only about one hour from the Goetze’s factory). On a slightly related note, Rite Aid usually carries Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, too.

Rating - 6 out of 10 (for the record, Caramel Creams are an 8 out of 10)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:19 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewCaramel6-TemptingUnited States

  1. I actually like the odd wheaty character of the “caramel.”  It works perfectly with the cream and is not too sugary!

    Comment by em lo on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. You went to Pgh?!?  That’s where I live, dude!  ^_^; And, thusly, where Sarris candies are.

    Mmm, Cow Tales.  Brings back fond memories of 8th grade and buying them in the school shop.  Mmmmm… 

    Incidentally, you can get the cream out, it just requires biting them more or less in half lengthwise.  :D

    Comment by Tindy on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Never had ‘em, never heard of ‘em.

    Mine was a deprived childhood, but you’re adding candies to my list every day!

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Wait, I take back my earlier comment….........

    :# You meant Pittsburgh California, didn’tcha? >< Only two Pittsburghs with the H, and one has to be on the other side of the country.  Irk.

    Comment by Tindy on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Cybele's avatar

    Nope, Tindy, you got it right the first time. Pittsburgh, PA, the gateway to the midwest ... Steel Town USA. (I don’t think the California one has an H in it.)

    My brother lives there and I went to grad school at CMU. I visit a couple of times a year ... I know the PGH airport pretty well.

    Russ, I imagine since Rite Aids haven’t been in LA for very long that you wouldn’t have seen Goetze’s before. I’ll pick up an extra package for you next time I see them. The cool thing is that even though they’re chewy, there’s little risk of harming your teeth like some other sticky treats I’ve foisted on you!

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. I can’t believe you wrote about Cow Tales… I just went to the Dollar Tree the other day and saw these things there and I was thinking, hmmm.. i wonder if the Candy Blog has done them already.  I decided not to pick them up because they looked suspiciously “dusty”. Nothing like a dusty outside wrapper on a candy bar as a dead giveaway that something’s been sitting on the shelf way too long!

    I haven’t had those Caramel Creams yet, but they sound pretty good.

    Comment by Bryan on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. wow, i just saw these for the first time at CVS (bought one, of course). i’ve always liked the individuals; i wondered if these were new, since i hadn’t seen. maybe there’s a distribution surge? or is it just wild coincidence.

    and young lady, can’t you just just eat your dang candy without MESSIN’ with it!!!?  smile

    Comment by TG on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. Cybele's avatar

    Bryan, I’m not sure a caramel cream can go bad, as I’ve been desperate enough to buy them at some pretty dusty places over the years. Of course I’m also known for finding things loose at the bottom of my backpack and eating them.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  9. but isn’t there a definitive difference between “fresh” and “stale” on these? surely you’ve had them when they’re all lush and chewy, vs. hard around the edges…

    Comment by TG on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  10. I just got a cow tail in my blogging by mail package last month.  It was interesting.  Have you reviewed Mr. Big?  Its made by cadbury.

    Comment by Randi on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  11. Are you crazy! I love cow tails!

    Comment by chleen on 6/05/06 at 10:45 am #
  12. im not crazy you crazy fool! i just LOVE cow tails
    smile wink

    Comment by joe' on 6/05/06 at 10:47 am #
  13. Cybele's avatar

    Nah, you’re both crazy ... caramel creams are the way to go!

    Comment by Cybele on 6/13/06 at 11:57 am #
  14. Cow Tales are one of my absolute favorite candies. I much prefer the ratio of caramel to cream with these than with the normal caramel creams. They always, for me anyways, have been much fresher in taste and texture, as well. I oh-so love that dusting on the outside.


    Comment by Theresa on 4/23/07 at 2:21 am #
  15. Thank you for all the positive comments about the candy I make everyday, Cow Tales.  After meeting Cybele at the All Candy Expo last week, I decided to visit her site and found a lot of candy nuts like me.  Candy makes the world a happier place!

    Mr. Goetze

    Comment by Mitchell G on 9/24/07 at 10:37 am #
  16. I absolutely love Goetze’s Caramel Cremes, but has anybody run into the problem with expiration dates?  Twice now, without looking on my part, I’ve bought some that were 1-2 yrs past their expiration date…  I ate one before I noticed and didn’t really taste a difference but it makes me wonder, why does this keep happening?

    Comment by Dominique on 1/21/08 at 6:08 am #
  17. i don’t know the http, but you’ll find it out, i need to know when and how much by the box can you get of flavor(caramel and apple) just like a apple dipped in to hot caramel; and you saw most of them at the fair? I’ll order 2 boxes that have about 20 - 30 in each one.I know that y’a/
    ll can’ty quess the frieght,but 2 bxs at regular grounds(Got tobe that flavor)?

    Comment by cacamel apple cowtails on 9/01/08 at 10:28 am #
  18. You can find Cow Tales at Dollar Tree and the 99 cents Only Stores in CA.  They come 5 sticks in a package for $1.

    Comment by jaymelo on 10/30/08 at 9:47 am #
  19. I just wanna say that cowtails make my life better.  the carmel and cream makes my mouth water. All im asking for, for my birthday is cowtails. I wanna live on them
          cow tails biggest and favoritest fan!

    Comment by fred hawkins on 3/18/10 at 8:59 am #
      they are my fave and i wish someone would send them to me for my b-day,
    cowtail crazy

    Comment by Hannah Doro on 3/19/10 at 11:06 am #
  21. Hello guys!
    I just found the candy blog on cow tails. Does anyone know how I can get them in germany?
    THank you very much…

    Comment by Teresa on 4/21/10 at 8:11 am #
  22. Does anyone know about cute CRAFT PROJECTS made with COW TALES? 

    My daughter has a western themed event coming up and I thought they would make a darling and clever gift….....

    Comment by Kelly on 6/24/10 at 9:44 am #
  23. cow tails are origanilly from poland there they are called krowko

    Comment by taylor on 3/09/11 at 3:58 pm #
  24. How do I get sugar free cow tails when you have diabetes 2 I used to eat only 3 a day but my diabetic dr says they are loaded with sugar what can you do

    Comment by Cheryl on 7/05/15 at 5:53 pm #
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