Monday, March 6, 2006

Goetze’s Caramel Creams

There are currently three varieties of Goetze’s Caramel Creams. Each has a different name, which is kind of confusing. The plain vanilla variety is called Caramel Creams (though people often call them Bull’s Eyes). The chocolate ones are called Bull’s Eyes and the strawberry ones are called StrawberriCreams. I’ve never seen the chocolate or strawberry versions in the tray pack (which is usually how I buy my Goetze’s), but I did find them in the pick-a-mix at Baldinger’s in Zelienople.

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They all have the same cool sugar cream center, but the caramel outside is a little different.

imageOriginal: The original Caramel Cream is not really what I consider caramel. It’s not buttery and smooth, but more doughy. It tastes kind of like a plain cookie dough with a plain, sweet icing. The caramel itself isn’t particularly sticky, what really sells the candy is the cream center. There really isn’t anything else like a Goetze’s Caramel Cream. The center is cool and soft and melts away almost instantly. I usually turn my caramel creams inside out when I eat them, popping the cream onto my tongue and waiting for that to dissolve before consuming the caramel O.

imageChocolate - These are wildly different tasting than the original flavor. The chocolate dough is dark and smoky, not really a creamy chocolate experience, more like a really chocolatey Tootsie Roll. The caramel cream center stands out even more in this candy because of the darkness of the caramel. I would buy more of these as a companion to my beloved originals.

imageStrawberry - Gah! They smell like fake strawberries and taste like it, too. The dough nature of the caramel doesn’t really lend itself to this flavor, it’s kind of like a poor imitation of strawberry shortcake, a little tart, very sweet. I had to excise these from my pick-a-mix candy as the smell was rather revolting to me. I know some folks will like these (and probably do, since they’ve been around for a while), but I’m not one of them.

All of these flavors also come in a Cow Tales version as well. Generally I prefer to buy my Caramel Creams in the tray pack, as I think they stay fresh better that way than the twisted cello wrapped candies in the pick-a-mix. (I give the caramel and chocolate varieties a 9 ... the strawberri one is probably a 3 in my book.) All varieties contain both Hydrogenated Oils and High Fructose Corn Sweetener.

Related Candies

  1. Caramel Apple Kisses & Caramel Creams
  2. Cow Tails
Name: Caramel Creams: Original, Chocolate and StrawberriCream
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Goetze's
Place Purchased: Baldinger's (Zelienople, PA)
Price: $3.00/lb
Size: .4 ounces each
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, United States

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Comments
  1. oh i am a BIG fan of these. 
    but i don’t usually admit it.

    Comment by Rachel B. on 3/06/06 at 1:31 pm #
  2. Ah, I love those caramels. The originals, that is. The chocolate doesn’t interest me and I’ve never see the strawberry (thank God, because they sound revolting). I eat them the opposite way you do though. I pop the out the centre and eat the caramel first, saving that little bit of sugary bliss for last.

    Comment by Bruce Anderson on 3/07/06 at 2:31 pm #
  3. I was also surprised at how good the chocolate caramels were, but I have never seen the strawberry flavor.  The regular caramels are a personal favorite, but they have been stale the last few times I have bought any.  They seem to have a flour taste to them, but I still enjoy them.

    Comment by John on 3/08/06 at 1:32 am #
  4. I only ever liked the cream filling in these.  The caramel just never did it for me for some reason (I think it’s the flour taste John mentioned). But sometimes I get them anyways because I love the filling so much.

    Comment by g on 3/08/06 at 7:55 am #
  5. I just got these in Licorice and boy are they good.  You may be able to get some from Goetze’s Candy Plant in Baltimore, but they only made a limited batch.  Call 1-800-free-411 for the number for Goetze (pronounced ‘Gets’) in Baltimore, MD.

    Comment by Danielsan on 9/25/06 at 4:48 pm #
  6. different tastes for different people, I suppose.  while in Iraq a few years back, I tasted my first strawberry creams and promptly ordered a couple hundred.  Everyone stopped by my desk to grab a daily handful.

    what on-line sites are cheapest for ordering??

    Comment by john d on 10/12/06 at 9:32 am #
  7. The supernaturally delicate cream in the middle is totally the best part.  But what I also love so very very much about Goetze’s Caramel Creams is the unorthodox texture of the caramel.  You’re right - it is rather like dough.  If I recall correctly, wheat flour is one of the main ingredients in the caramel and it gives it a strangely compelling, really hearty bread-like flavor.  Sounds odd but it works.

    Comment by amanda on 10/23/07 at 10:45 am #
  8. The original Caramel Creams are one of my all-time favorite candies.  I hadn’t had them in ages, but just got some on a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar in NY.  A sweet walk down memory lane!

    Comment by Laura Froelich on 11/26/07 at 2:19 pm #
  9. I am embarrassed yet still willing to admit that I am ridiculously addicted to Caramel Creams. I love the floury taste of the caramel; I love the wonderfully confusing texture of both the caramel and the cream.
    I used to love eating them inside-out, but my favorite way now is to just chomp the whole thing and enjoy the melding of texture and flavor…Delicious!

    (I work in a health food store. This is one of the few I refuse to give up in my “eat whole, eat natural, eat local” food mantra. Just too good to ignore. And if this means I die early….I’ll die happy and full of delicious candy. How childish….but wonderful.)

    Comment by carly on 10/21/08 at 12:47 pm #
  10. Does anyone have a recipe for the creamy center of these caramel cream candies?

    Comment by Tamara on 1/11/09 at 12:01 pm #
  11. do you sell/ have the raspberry

    Comment by Denise Sabir on 8/06/09 at 3:38 am #
  12. I am trying to get a recipe to make the caramel creams as well.  Does anyone have this?

    Comment by Mary Holihan on 12/16/09 at 5:21 am #
  13. Please, please someone let us know the recipe for the cream in the caramel creams. I have been looking for the recipe for a long time. I could eat a bowl full at any time. I can take or leave the caramel they just happen to come along with the cream.

    Comment by Tammy on 2/02/10 at 1:47 pm #
  14. I really have to remember to read your blog more often. I almost missed today’s picture of Carmel Creames, the link to your review, and the comments which inform me that Goetze’s Caramel Creams (a guilty pleasure of mine) are made just up the road in Baltimore - AND that they make a licorice version. Wow!

    The website’s a hoot: http://www.goetzecandy.com

    I wonder if they have tours?

    I’ve noticed at my local CVS that the bags of Goetze’s C. Creams have changed - the package has the CVS brand, not the Goetze brand, on it, there are fewer, and they don’t seem as fresh.

    Comment by Bill on 4/05/10 at 7:47 pm #
  15. Their website says they have an apple version as well—sounds interesting, but I don’t know that they are interesting enough to buy a 10 lb box just to try them. Hmmm.

    Comment by Jezzy on 4/05/10 at 11:09 pm #
  16. have you tried black and white bull’s eyes?  Licorice flavour.  Hard to find, but used to buy them regularly in Lancaster, PA.

    Comment by EvasGramma on 4/19/10 at 9:24 am #
  17. Cybele's avatar

    EvasGramma - I have tried the Licorice ones ... they’re stellar. Unfortunately I only had a handful of samples from a trade show and haven’t been able to buy them in stores on the west coast.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/19/10 at 9:26 am #
  18. I would pay big money to taste these candies within one month after they were made. I am guessing that they are 18 months old when they get to the consumer!

    Comment by barry scahill on 11/02/10 at 7:55 pm #
  19. I absolutely love caramel. Even though these candies don’t have a very good silky caramel texture, (or taste for that matter) the chewiness is great as is the melting cream centre. It makes me sad when I undo the twisty wrapper just to find they’ve gone stale.

    Comment by caity on 5/04/11 at 4:47 pm #
  20. I recently bought a bag of Goetze Caramel Creams. It was shocking to say the least. I cannot recall a more insipid candy experience. The taste of raw flour dominated the flavor. There was no real creamy caramel elegance one would expect. When I discovered, upon looking at the ingredient list, the main component was wheat flour, I figured something had just gone wrong with this batch. After a second piece only to discover same such experience, I tossed the rest. Never again.

    Comment by Daniel Reardon on 6/03/12 at 11:07 am #
  21. Recipe for the caramels and cream

    http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2011/08/homemade-cow-tales.html

    Comment by Di on 12/17/12 at 9:55 am #
  22. I am not a big candy person, but caramel creams are addicting, when they are fresh! The chocolate ones are really good too. (They are especially good after being accidentally left in a hot car for a couple hours, I’ve found out.)

    Comment by ann on 8/22/13 at 12:53 pm #
  23. Can Caramel Cremes be used for Caramel Apples? I have a bag from last year. Because the candies got hard they are too difficult to chew. I definitely do not want to toss them out. Can you help me? Any other recipe idea would be helpful. Thanks!
    Stephanie

    Comment by Stephanie Kemp on 11/19/13 at 6:47 pm #

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