Nashville, TN – Goo Goo Clusters turn 100 years old this month. The world’s first combination candy bar has remained a popular treat since the first batch was made in 1912. In celebration of the centennial, Nashville restaurants are showcasing desserts inspired by the sweet treat. The candy bar is made by combining caramel, chocolate, roasted peanuts, marshmallow, and nougat.
The Goo Goo Cluster dessert celebration is just one of many special events planned to honor the world’s oldest multiple ingredient candy bar in the country music capital. A full schedule of candy inspired contests and community event is available on the Goo Goo website.
Candy bar company Senior Marketing Manager Beth Sachan had this to say about the dessert’s milestone celebration:
“Nashville is a city that lovingly supports local businesses, and Goo Goo Cluster has been feeling that love for a century. It made perfect sense to reach out to local businesses to see how creative they could be with the candy. It’s the ultimate local dessert party. Nashville residents will have more than 40 desserts to try during the month of October, which will include items like Goo Goo Cluster cupcakes, pie, milkshakes, cheesecake, and cannoli. It’s a pretty sweet birthday celebration.
The world’s first combination candy bar was invented by Howard Campbell at the Standard Candy Company in Nashville. The Southern confection was developed in a small copper kettle at the company’s First Avenue and Clark location. In addition to the original recipe Goo Goo Cluster, two other varieties are also available, the Peanut Butter and the Supreme, Yelp notes.