Friday, April 28, 2006

GooGoo Cluster

It’s so weird how candy seems to appear sometimes. It might have been there all along, but it’s invisible to me unless I know what I’m looking for. For a long time I wasn’t even interested in GooGoo Clusters. Mostly because of the marshmallow element. It’s odd that I say that I don’t like marshmallows much, but then I look at the items I’ve reviewed and see the tally that I’ve posted about marshmallow candies 16 times before but only 9 posts about licorice or 10 about malt which are actually a favorites of mine. But in my defense I most recently tried the GooGoo Supreme because it included one of my favorite nuts, the Pecan.

imageAs disappointing as that bar was, it did get me curious about the GooGoo Cluster. But where to find one? I thought about ordering them online, but it’s kind of a hassle and candy is all about easy, isn’t it? Then I was in the 99 Cent Only Store looking for some cheap storage bins for all my candy and I breezed through the candy aisle and saw them!

The GooGoo Cluster is a flat marshmallow center with a glaze of caramel which is then covered in a mix of milk chocolate studded with peanuts.

There are a lot of nuts, and they’re like those Spanish peanuts in that many still have their skins. It’s an interesting combination of textures and flavors. The goo is soft and though not quite flowing, it’s not foamy either. The caramel provides a good bit of chew to the whole thing and then there’s the chocolate and coconut. Yes, there’s coconut in here - which gives the peanuts much more of a nutty pop and makes everything taste creamier.

I was VERY suprised by this bar. First, I think it helps that it was obviously fresh. I’m often hesitant to review bargain store candy, but these are clearly not leftovers or closeouts. Second, it’s a great combination of flavors in the proper proportions. (As long as you like peanuts). It wasn’t too sweet and it wasn’t too gooey (if you can believe that a bar named GooGoo isn’t too gooey).

I just hope they keep selling them at the 99 Cent Only Store ... or maybe I hope they don’t!

Name: GooGoo Cluster
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Standard Candy Company
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only Store
Price: $.33
Size: 1.75 ounces
Calories per ounce: 137
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, Marshmallow, Coconut, Caramel, United States

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  1. There was once also a really excellent GooGoo Cluster ice cream, but I haven’t seen it for sale in years.

    Comment by johnr on 4/28/06 at 12:21 pm #
  2. I’m glad the kind-of hometown kid made good here, but I still don’t care for them too much.  Just too sweet for me.  Good base hit, not home run.

    Comment by Dave on 4/29/06 at 6:00 pm #
  3. I hear the new CD by the GooGoo Clusters is terrible.

    No, wait ... that’s the Goo Goo Dolls.

    Never mind.

    Comment by The Velvet Blog on 5/01/06 at 4:01 am #
  4. This sounds very interesting, i’ll have to take a look at the dollar store next time.  I like marshmallow candies like rocky road…

    Comment by Bryan on 5/01/06 at 1:50 pm #
  5. There was also a GooGoo cluster liquor awhile back, does anyone know where I can get it?

    Comment by Dave on 7/19/06 at 12:28 pm #
  6. I remember goo goo cluster ice cream but didnt it have a vanilla base and not chocolate? i found it at jewel last year with a chocolate base.

    someone please email me with where i can buy it in IL if anyone knows i am looking for the VANILLA based goo goo cluster.


    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  put goo goo cluster in the subject box

    Comment by Cammy on 5/24/07 at 4:01 pm #
  7. That sounds wonderful I just might try to find them around here!  =0)

    Comment by Candy Lover on 7/11/08 at 3:31 am #
  8. I bought one of these today on a whim and was pretty disappointed. I checked the date and it said “Best By 4/12/09” but it just tasted bland and stale. The peanuts especially tasted stale. The chocolate was not that great and neither the caramel nor marshmallow had much, if any, flavor. I’m really glad I only bought one and even more glad that I also bought a Reese’s because I used it to get rid of the lingering flavor of the GooGoo Cluster.

    Comment by Carrie on 8/23/08 at 5:13 pm #
  9. I used to buy Goo Goo liqueur when I lived in Nashville in the 80s. When I couldn’t find it any more, I asked the company, and they said they licensed the name to a private label alcohol developer, who did it for a while, but stopped after a coupld of years. I’ve got about half a bottle left, which I sip only on rare nostalgic occasions.

    Comment by Boris on 10/07/08 at 4:49 pm #
  10. Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Nashville made a “GooGoo Freeze” from GooGoo Liqueur, and it was to die for. They blended the liqueur and chocolate Haagen-Dazs to the about the thickness of a DQ Blizzard. Heavenly. I dearly miss it.

    Comment by Laney Haney on 12/06/10 at 4:47 am #
  11. I heard it’s at woodman’s and also sold under the lucerne label now…

    I’m on a mission and will post an update soon

    Comment by Cami Martinez on 1/31/11 at 8:18 am #
  12. Please do, Cami! I’d love to buy some.

    Comment by Laney Haney on 3/05/11 at 3:36 am #
  13. i bought a case of googoo liqueur, in the 80s i checked today and i have 3 unopened bottles left

    Comment by jerry king on 12/21/11 at 10:13 am #
  14. Jerry: i bought a case of googoo liqueur, in the 80s i checked today and i have 3 unopened bottles left

    John: What a great archaeological find.  Better than King Tut’s tomb. If you’d consider selling one, that’s me waving my arms. You could mention it here, or, if you put on eBay mention that or—can I give you an email here for personal contact. I’ll try. Boris (at) alumni (dot) reed (dot) edu.

    By the way, do we all know how Goo Goo got its name? The company was the very first radio sponsor of the Grand Ol’ Opry, in Nashville, and they needed a name for their candy bar. Grand Ol’ Opry was known as “G O O” and the rest is history.

    Comment by John Bear on 12/21/11 at 10:26 am #
  15. john, i can work somethin out.

    Comment by jerry king on 12/23/11 at 11:29 am #
  16. i am moving and found another googoo cluster liquor bottle, i have 4 would like to share.

    Comment by jerry king on 1/13/12 at 8:35 am #
  17. I called Goo Goo Cluster directly - the woman I spoke with says they do not currently have any ice cream vendors however they hope to have the Goo Goo Cluster goodness back in ice cream form within one to two years!!!!!

    I am ECSTATIC at this and I am certainly going to keep everyone posted on when I *FINALLY* find it!!!

    Comment by CamiMrtnz6209 on 1/13/12 at 9:09 am #
  18. Jerry, I would still be very happy to buy one or two of your bottles. I believe you have my email address and/or phone number. Thanks.

    —John Bear

    Comment by John Bear on 1/13/12 at 12:21 pm #
  19. john, i do not have your address it could have been sent to spam.  try again

    Comment by jerry king on 1/13/12 at 12:59 pm #
  20. I would greatly enjoy a bottle of Goo Goo Cluster Liqueur. My Mom would enjoy it on some Bryer’s vanilla bean ice cream. She passed away the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2007. I would enjoy having a bottle so I could put a spoonful or two on some ice cream and remember.

    Comment by Corey on 1/29/12 at 10:33 pm #
  21. I would be most greatful be able to purchase a bottle of the Goo Goo Liqueur. Please let me know if there is anyway to purchase a bottle or two. Thank you-

    Comment by Dana Hampton on 2/10/12 at 10:09 am #
  22. goo goo clusters are now made under a new formula , and I HATE IT , I bought one recently and didn’t like it, WISH they would bring back the old recipe it was better. And the price is a lot higher

    Comment by dave west on 1/02/14 at 9:17 am #
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