Thursday, February 19, 2009

Goo Goo Cluster

Anyone who grew up in the South knows the joy of certain local treats...Moon Pie, RC Cola, SunDrop soda, and the Goo Goo Cluster, to name a few. Sweet! We down south love the sweets! The Moon Pie, marshmallow and graham crackers with a candy coating. Sweet sodas! Sweet tea! (Milo's sweet tea is the stuff of dreams.) Sweet red barbecue sauce.

And the Goo Goo Cluster.

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Peanuts, marshmallow, caramel and chocolate. But the good folks as the Standard Candy Company didn't stop there. There is the Goo Goo Supreme--marshmallow, caramel, pecans and chocolate. And there is the Peanut Butter Goo Goo.

I love peanut butter. I love chocolate. I think that the Reese's Cup is perfection. But a Peanut Butter Goo Goo is almost that good. Peanut butter, peanuts, and chocolate. Zowie!

Did you know that the process of coating a candy with chocolate is called "enrobing"? I didn't until I read the book Candy Freak by Steve Almond. He visited the Standard Candy Company and watched them make Goo Goo Clusters. His descriptions were vivid and luscious.

Ethnicity sometimes escapes us in the South. I worked for a man from New Jersey once who said "Up north we say we are Polish or Italian or German or Irish. Down here you say you are Baptist or Methodists or Presbyterian."

But we certainly know how to satisfy a sweet tooth!

1 comment:

Heather T said...

Ah the Goo Goo Cluster... has anything more wonderful hit the candy world? I think not. Though I was crushed to hear they have been effected by the peanut recall! The Horror!!!