Friday, April 21, 2006

Pearson’s Nut Goodie

I was prompted to seek out this Pearson’s bar after enjoying both the Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll and later the Bun Bars (especially the Maple Bun).

But here’s the question, how is this one different from the Bun Maple? Both are a maple fondant center covered in peanuts and milk chocolate. I had to taste it to find out.


There is no difference in size, they’re both 1.75 ounces and their packaging is sized identically. In fact, they look strikingly similar.

But they don’t taste the same. I don’t know what to attribute this to, but the Nut Goodie is neither a Maple Bun nor a Vanilla Bun. Since I had the wrapper from the Bun still lying around I did a comparison:

Maple Bun Bar.....................................Nut Goodie
Milk Chocolate….............................Milk Chocolate
Corn Syrup….....................................Corn Syrup
Reduced Lactose Whey….................................Salt
Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil…............Soy Protein
Food Starch-Modified…............................Invertase
Salt…...............Natural and Artificial Maple Flavoring
Natural and Artificial Vanilla…..............Caramel Color
Soy Lecithin…..............................Cream of Tartar

So there you have it, they’re different. The Maple Bun, though it lists no maple flavoring, had a stronger mapleness to it, but the Nut Goodie is no slouch. It’s a good bar. The fondant center is a little more dense and has a good sweetness with a balanced slight hit of salt that brings out a more subtle maple/toasted note to it. The nuts are top notch and the milk chocolate is smooth and sweet and of good quality.

I doubt I’ll see many of these around, but if you’re a Maple Bun fan and you can’t find those, this might be a tasty substitute. I’d still like to see these made in a bar form instead of the plop, as it’s a bit harder to eat.

Name: Nut Goodie
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Pearson's
Place Purchased: Dylan's Candy Bar (NYC)
Price: $1.49
Size: 1.75 ounces
Calories per ounce: 137
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, United States, Pearson's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:03 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Yummm, maple is one of my favorite sweet tastes. I’m going to have to look for these. I used to be able to find Maple Buns pretty easily, but even those are hard to come by now (although not the other two Bun varieties), so I doubt I’ll find these…

    Comment by Tricia on 4/23/06 at 3:33 pm #
  2. I’ve never had one of these.  Probably because I’ve never SEEN one of these haha.  But they look very yummy!  I love the taste of maple.  Have you ever had maple candy?  I loved it as a kid, but it’s probably way too sweet for me now.

    Comment by Samantha on 4/23/06 at 9:09 pm #
  3. I grew up eating Nut Goodies.  My mom is a Nut Goodie NUT.  I had no clue as a youngster that many food items in this country are regional.  Then I got married & moved away from Minneapolis and suddenly I was living in California WITHOUT instant access to Nut Goodies.  I couldn’t just run to my local Wal-Mart to buy the bag of small, individually wrapped ones.  It was brutal.  Now my mom ships them to me and brings them when she comes to visit.  I think these are one of the most delightful candybars around.  I also miss the Salted Nut Rolls as well.

    Comment by Amy on 4/29/06 at 8:05 am #
  4. Are Pearson’s Nut Goodies kosher?  If they are, who gives the kosher certification?
    Thank you

    Comment by abbie on 11/01/06 at 3:45 am #
  5. Dear Pearson’s candy bar fans:

    I must be in Nut Goodie heaven, because as I travel passed Ft. Snelling, onto 7th Street, I pass the Pearson’s Candy factory every day! Home to many delicious candy products! How can I describe to you the birthplace of such wonderful taste treats like the sumptious Nut Goodie? No doubt, the brick and mortar wrapper of the simple rectanglar building is a discrete cover to some extraordinary happening within! I am sure glad that I live where I do! Nut Goodies and Salted Nut Rolls are to be gotten everywhere! I just had a Nut Goodie and will have another tomorrow! Ummmmmmm! God bless the Umpa-lumpas at Pearson’s for headquarting here in my chocolaty hometown. town.

    Comment by tim colby on 1/25/07 at 3:16 pm #
  6. Yes!  I loved Maple Buns candy bars. One place in Michigan still carries them that I know of. Then around here in Anchorage, AK, I saw the NUT GOODIE candy ‘bar’. Bypassed it for a long time, didn’t know what it was. But I kept being drawn back to them, and now I’m kinda hooked. Yeah, not exactly like the Maple Bun ones, but close.

    I’m heading back to Michigan soon, I think I’ll take one from here and compare it to Michigan one.

    And yeah, I love Maple Nut Goodies too.

    I truly am a ‘maple’ nut!

    Comment by Mary on 9/28/08 at 6:54 pm #
  7. I grew up with both Pearson’s Nut Goodies and the Salted Nut Roll. Both are still on the top of my favorite lists and anyone that goes to MN has to bring back a case of Nut Goodies. We were talking about them the other day and was wondering how the size has changed. They are now 1.75 oz but we seem to remember in the 70’s they were around 4-5 oz. Were we just a lot ounger and they seemed bigger or have they shrunk a lot in the years?

    Comment by Scott on 1/23/09 at 3:33 pm #
  8. I love nut goodies. I’m in UT now and starting to look for them. I grew up in MN and they were anywhere and everywhere to be purchased. Everyone knows the nut roll, but no one knows of a nut goodie, which is a much better bar in my opinion. I brought some back with me this summer, but I’m out now since I only brought 12!

    Comment by Jack on 9/10/10 at 11:33 pm #


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