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Retro Candy Review: GooGoo Clusters

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Chocolate Candy,Classic and Retro Candy,Oddly-Named Candy

GooGoo Cluster Chocolate Candy Package

It’s hard to believe that the world’s first combination candy bar is still an unknown name for most. I am referring to the GooGoo Cluster, which was made by the Standard Candy Company back in 1912. Like most classic and retro candy, they can be difficult to find unless you live in the region that is producing them. So in this case, anyone who isn’t living in the South is very possibly missing out on a very tasty piece of history.

What made the GooGoo Cluster so new in 1912 was, unlike Hershey’s and all the other large candy companies at the time, the GooGoo Cluster wanted to be more than just a solid bar of chocolate. Instead, the creators of the GooGoo made a mound of marshmallow, caramel and roasted peanuts covered in milk chocolate. Now that’s a candy with ambition! How the GooGoo got it’s name is shrouded in myth, since no one exactly remembers who was first to suggest it.

As the years have passed, the recipe for the GooGoo has remained unchanged due to Standard Candy Company’s strong ties to tradition. Even so, new varieties of the GooGoo have been added; the GooGoo Supreme with pecans instead of peanuts and the GooGoo Peanut Butter which replaced the marshmallow and caramel.

Ready to find out how they taste?

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Candy Review: Nestle’s Coffee Crisp

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Chocolate Candy,Classic and Retro Candy,Foreign (non-US) Candy

Coffee Crisp Package

Nestle’s Coffee Crisp is a bar that has a very dedicated fan base. When I first heard of it, it was though an online petition that was demanding it’s distribution back in the United States. I found it recently on the shelf at a convenience store I happened to be in, and I couldn’t help but wonder what all the hype was about.

It is described as a coffee center surrounded by light wafers and covered in milk chocolate. Sounds harmless enough, right? Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready quite for what I was about to taste.

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Sweet Places: Walt Disney World Part 2

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Chocolate Candy,Novelty Candy

Walt Disney World Castle

In the first part of my Walt Disney World candy review I tasted some of the fruity offerings that the parks had to offer. Now, what about the chocolate, you ask? Rest assured, I’m getting to that.

Looking back on my tasting decisions, I couldn’t help but wonder how much the packaging of these Disney confections influenced their sales. Would the child eyeing these treats in the store buy a candy based on the character packaging or the actual confection? My decicions were based on the latter but I couldn’t help but wonder how many little girls insisted they wanted the Princess chocolate bar despite the fact that they hated peanuts and then refused to eat it later.

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Save Our Chocolate!

Categories: Candy,Candy News,Chocolate Candy

Save Our Chocolate

As you may or may not have heard, the FDA has recently announced that it’s planning on changing their definition of chocolate. The new rules that the FDA wishes to set will allow chocolate to be produced without cocoa butter (but still with cocoa solids) and be allowed to put “chocolate” on the label. I don’t know about you, but when I want chocolate, I want the REAL thing! It’s like making peanut butter with no peanuts!

Why is such a thing being proposed in the first place? Well, to be blunt, it’s cheaper for manufacturers to use vegetable/tropical oils and trans fats in instead of cocoa butter. Obviously we, as consumers, aren’t being considered here. As Candy Addicts I’m sure we’ve all tasted this “mockolate” before, and it’s gross.

What can you do to help? Simple, just visit the Don’t Mess With Our Chocolate site and/or Cybele’s Candy Blog. Both sites have great ideas on how to spread the word and do you part to save our chocolate. Chocolate is perfect the way it is. Let’s keep it that way!