Music City Cookoff & The Goo Goo Dessert Challenge

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What:

Music City Cookoff at the Taste of Tennessee festival

When:

Saturday, September 6, 2104

Where:

Tennessee State Fair
500 Wedgewood Ave, Nashville

Goo Goo Cluster is proud to be a sponsor of the Music City Cookoff, a Super Regional competition for the World Food Championships!

The Tennessee State Fair will host the competition during the Taste of Tennessee Festival on Saturday, September 6th.

Home cooks, chefs and culinary professionals are invited to register to compete in the category of Seafood or Dessert, which is where we come in! Competitors in the Dessert category will be using Goo Goo Clusters to create their dish. They’ll be competing against the clock and other cooks to win $1,000 cash prize and a free entry into the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

For more information and to register to compete, visit worldfoodchampionships.com/nashville.

 

Nashville Food Trucks to Compete for “Best Goo Goo” Creation

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The 3rd Annual Nashville Street Food Awards is this Saturday and this year there is a very special category the trucks will compete in — Best Goo Goo Cluster creation!

There will be more than 30 food trucks (click here to see full list) participating in the event, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase food from any of the participating trucks, as well as cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award (the crowd’s overall favorite).

A panel of judges will be sampling blind entries from the trucks in a variety of street food categories, including the Best Goo Goo creation. This is a delicious event that you don’t want to miss!

Saturday, August 30, 2014
11 am – 5 pm
Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208

Goo Goo at Omni Nashville’s Five and TENN “General Store Sessions” during CMA Fest 2014

 

What:

Omni Nashville Hotel’s retail store Five and TENN will be showcasing the region’s best artisans and entertainment with its General Store Sessions. Launching in honor of 2014 CMA Fest, the event will feature “pop-up” concerts, trunk shows and giveaways.

Where:

Omni Nashville Hotel – Five and TENN
250 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

When: Saturday, June 7, 2014

Vendors:
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: The Loveless Café and Nashville Toffee Company
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Colts Chocolates
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Lucchese
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Goo Goo Cluster
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Willa’s Shortbread

Entertainment:
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Keenan Date
1:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Christina Bailey
3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.: Matt Brown

Goo Goo on Travel Channel’s “Chow Masters”

 

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Next Tuesday, April 22nd, a new show premieres on The Travel Channel and Goo Goo Clusters will make an appearance! Nashville Chef Brandon Frohne of Mason’s at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel will be featured on “Chow Masters” with his unique rendition of a BBQ sandwich, the Goo Goo Pig Biscuit.

There will be two other local chefs creating their dishes as well, and one of the three will win a $10,000 cash prize and the Golden Skillet award. Be sure to tune in!

Chow Masters on The Travel Channel
“Barbecue in Music City” episode
8:30 p.m., April 22nd, 2014

If you’d like to get out an mingle with other fans and actually taste the dish being featured, head over to Loews Vanderbilt Hotel for a viewing party in Mason Bar from 7-9 p.m. that evening. There will be samples of the Goo Goo Pig Biscuit and Goo Goo Clusters provided to everyone at the party!

For a preview of the show, click here.

A Goo Goo Break in Athens GA

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Earlier this month we traveled down to Athens, Georgia for the fabulous Southern C Summit, a forum for Southern bloggers, businesses, and brands.

As a sponsor of this incredible event, we were responsible for hosting the afternoon break for all attendees. You know that time of day when you hit a slump? A couple of hours after lunch when you need a pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the day? Yep. That time.

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What better way to wake a person up than feed them a Goo Goo?! Well, we took it a step further by teaming up with the amazing folks at Epting Events. We wanted them to create a dessert for us using Goo Goo Clusters. Simple enough. A cookie, a pie, a brownie – whatever they wanted to do, we were open.

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Well, how astounded were we when they came up with not one, not two, but NINE (yes 9!) incredible dishes?!? And there weren’t just desserts, they also incorporated Goo Goos into savory bites: a Pork Slider with Goo Goo Mole Sauce, Country Ham Biscuit with Goo Goo Cluster Crumble and Chocolate-Dipped Bacon with a Crunchy Goo Goo Cluster Coating.

The sweets were: Empanadas with a Goo Goo Cluster Filling, a Goo Goo Cluster Cannoli, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries with a Crunchy Goo Goo Cluster Coating, Goo Goo Cluster Shortbread, Goo Goo Cluster Caramel Popcorn, and even a Bourbon Goo Goo Cluster Milkshake.

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Thank you Epting Events for going above and beyond in coming up with some truly outstanding Goo Goo creations!

 

Grand Opening of the Goo Goo Outpost at Fontanel

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101 years after the creation of the Goo Goo Cluster, we’re pleased to announce our first retail store!

The Goo Goo Outpost is located on the grounds of Fontanel in North Nashville. For those not familiar, the Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. The home is situated on a 136-acre property nestled in the rolling hills of Whites Creek Valley just 10 minutes from downtown Nashville.

In addition to the mansion and the Outpost, the property includes performance venues the Woods Amphitheater and the Studio Gallery, as well as family friendly activities like zip lines, a disc golf course, and several miles of bike and walking trails. The 2013 Southern Living Idea House and Pritchard’s Distillery, both currently under construction on the grounds, are set to open later this summer.

Goo Goo Outpost Interior

 

The Goo Goo Outpost, housed in Fontanel’s historical dairy barn, will carry all three variations of the Goo Goo Cluster, a branded merchandise line, an array of nostalgic candies, and a selection of Bravo Gelato’s locally made gelatos, including their new Goo Goo Cluster Original and Chocolate Peanut Butter Goo Goo flavors.

Please join us for our Grand Opening this Saturday, May 18th, where our Goo Goo mascots and Goo Goo girls will be on hand, we’ll have a sampling of confections to taste throughout the day and we’ll be giving out some fabulous prizes to shoppers!

Come see us!

Goo Goo Outpost
4225 Whites Creek Pike
Nashville, TN 37189
Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays

Goo Goo Presents: Zoovie Nights at the Nashville Zoo

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

We all love the Nashville Zoo. It’s a great place to spend the day with family and friends, and starting next week, it’s also a great place to spend an evening watching a movie!

Yes, you heard that right. The first Zoovie Nights of the season kicks off with Horton Hears a Who on April 26th.

The 2013 Zoovie Nights Schedule:
April 26th – Horton Hears a Who (G)
May 24th -  Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)
June 28th – Madagascar (PG)
September 13th – Paranorman (PG)

Zoovie Nights begin at 6 p.m. with games, inflatables, music, concessions and after hours access to the carousel. Once the sun sets, the feature film will begin.

Zoovie Night is included with Zoo admission on the day of the event, is $5 after 6 p.m., or free for members. For more information, visit the Zoo’s website.

Since Goo Goo Cluster is a sponsor this year, I’ve got some free passes to the Nashville Zoo to give away to our fans! You can use these passes any time between now and 10/1/13 for admission into the Zoo. If you want to use them for Zoovie Nights, you must still come into the Zoo before it closes, enjoy the Zoo for a little while, then stay for the movie.

The Prize: We’re giving away three (3) Family 4-packs of tickets to the Nashville Zoo!

To Enter: Just leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite zoo animal is. It’s that simple!

The Rules: Must use a valid email address to enter. Contest ends on Monday, April 22nd at noon CDT. Winners are chosen using random.org.

Once the winners are chosen, they will be contacted via email and their names will be posted here on this page. If they don’t respond within 24 hours, they’ll forfeit their winnings and another winner will be chosen. So by all means, make sure you check your email on Monday!

~Contest Closed~

Congratulations to the winners!

#6 Meredith

#2 Brent Ferrell

#17 TraciW

 


Goo Goo Rock & Roll Revival

What:
Goo Goo Rock & Roll Revival

When:
March 13th, 2013
Noon – 5 pm
*performance times noted below

Where:
Cedar Street Courtyard
208 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

Who:
Performances by

4 pm Thee Oh Sees
2:50 pm The Features
2 pm Montessori Dads
1:20 pm Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons
12:35 pm Shelby Earl
12 noon Julia Price

And more….
Rock-N-Roll Bingo!
Prize Giveaways!
Free Goo Goo Clusters!

 

*This is a 21 and up event.
No badge required

 

 

Coffee, Chocolate and Beer Tasting at Turnip Truck

Goo Goo Clusters is excited to be a part of a Holiday Tasting Event at Turnip Truck Urban Market this Wednesday evening! If you live in Nashville, come by and see us!

What:
Local and Regional Coffee, Chocolate and Beer Tasting

When:
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
5 – 7 pm

Where:
Turnip Truck Urban Fare
321 12th Ave South in the Gulch

Cost:
Free

Participants include:

Bang Candy Company
Bongo Java
Drew’s Brews
Just Love Coffee
Goo Goo Cluster
Nashville Toffee
Olive & Sinclair
Raw Shakti Chocolate
Terrapin Beer Company
Yazoo Brewing Company

This event is free and open to the public; advance registration is not needed. Beer samples and purchases are for customers 21 and older.

The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt Winner!

Meet Deanna (and her family), our big winner of The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt!

Deanna and her family drove all the way from Somerset, Kentucky to run in the Goo Goo Cluster Jog n Hog, and then decided to spend the rest of their day in Nashville playing along with us in the hunt. Congratulations Deanna! We hope you enjoy your year’s worth of Goo Goo Clusters and the $100 gift certificate to our online store!

Goo Goo Takes the Big Apple!

Last week the Goo Goo Cluster crew, including our friends, the Hogslop String Band, traveled from Nashville to take on the Big Apple!

We kicked off the trip with an early morning appearance on Fox and Friends on Friday.

Fox and Friends co-anchor Steve Doocy wished Goo Goo a Happy 100th Birthday on air!

Then Friday night it was off to Broadway! The guests of Chaplin the Musical got a really sweet, surprise ending- Goo Goo Clusters!

Wayne Allen Wilcox, who plays the role of Sydney Chaplin, Charlie’s brother, just so happens to be a Tennessee native with ties to Goo Goo Cluster.  He performed at Opryland theme park when he was in high school. The theme park (sadly not around any longer), was also the home to the Grand Ole Opry, which Goo Goo Cluster was a sponsor of for 4 decades.

“Look at us, Goo Goo Clusters and me from Tennessee, bringing a yummy taste of home to Chaplin in NYC,” said Wilcox.

On Saturday, Dylan’s Candy Bar, the 3-story flagship store located at 3rd and 60th, celebrated Goo Goo Cluster Day!

Customers of all ages were excited to sample Goo Goo Clusters- many of them for the very first time.

Thankfully displays throughout the store were overflowing with Goo Goos, because as soon as they got a taste of the gooey confection, they wanted to know where they could find them. And they weren’t just picking up one- they were grabbing them by the handful!

“Making Wrinkles and Lumps Fashionable since 1912″

 

From the top floor of Dylan’s, some delightful sounds started to trickle down the staircase….

The boys of Hogslop String Band had taken the floor, serenading patrons with some down home music, straight from Goo Goo Cluster’s home of Nashville, TN!

The crowd loved the band. Kids were dancing, clapping their hands, and grinning from ear to ear!

Goo Goo Cluster showed NYC a little Southern hospitality, and NYC showed us the love right back! We Heart The Big Apple!

 

A Sweet Celebration: Goo Goo Cluster Desserts Around Nashville October 1st – 31st

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Sure, birthday cakes are great, but when you’re turning 100, one cake alone will not suffice!

Instead, we’re having the ultimate dessert party here in Nashville. In celebration of Goo Goo Cluster’s 100th anniversary, more than 40 Nashville area restaurants, food trucks, cafes and bakeries will feature desserts inspired by the candy during the entire month of October!

These chefs have gotten creative, so there’s a little bit of something for everyone- cupcakes, cookies, milkshakes, pies, cannoli, muffins, bread puddings, ice creams, brownies, cheesecakes, melts, tarts… there’s even a dessert salad!

To join in this sweet celebration, visit one of these participating restaurants between October 1st and 31st*:

This dessert celebration is among the many events scheduled to commemorate a century of Goo Goo Cluster. Additional events will include the Goo Goo Cluster Jog ‘n Hog, The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt, online contests, and appearances at Nashville area events

*Participating restaurants, which are subject to change, will feature the desserts intermittently during the month of October. Desserts are subject to availability.

The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt

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What: The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt
When: Saturday, October 13, beginning at 12 p.m.
Where: Downtown Nashville

We’re turning 100, and instead of a birthday party where you bring us gifts, we’re having a scavenger hunt where we’ll be giving you prizes!

~The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt~

On Saturday, October 13th, beginning at noon, a series of clues will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, leading participants to the secret locations. (Lightning 100 will also be posting the clues on its Facebook page)

There are five locations in downtown Nashville which will be changed every hour on the hour. Once participants arrive at the location, they will find a Goo Goo ambassador on site with a box of specially marked Goo Goo Clusters. Those candies will serve as entries into drawings for an array of prizes, including concert tickets, gift certificates to area businesses, Goo Goo Clusters, and Goo Goo merchandise.

For each location visited, participants will get one entry. Participants who visit all 5 locations – and acquire a specially marked Goo Goo Cluster from each – will be guaranteed to win a prize, and will be eligible to win the grand prize: a year’s worth of Goo Goo Clusters and $100 to spend at Goo Goo’s online store.

For those who are unable to participate in The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt, don’t be sad! We’ll also host a series of contests and giveaways on our Facebook page throughout the entire month of October so you’ll have a chance to score some cool stuff too!

Dylan’s New York to Celebrate Goo Goo!

Goo Goo 100 Year Celebration

What: 
Goo Goo Cluster’s 100th Anniversary Celebration
When: 
Saturday, October 6, 2012
12 – 4 pm
3 – 4 pm Hogslop String Band performs live
Where: 
Dylan’s Candy Bar
1011 3rd Avenue
 New York, NY 10065
If you’re in New York, come and celebrate with us! The Goo Goo Girls will be on hand giving out samples, we’ll have prize giveaways and we’re even bringing an awesome band from Nashville with us on the trip!

My Goo Goo Story: Mary L. Weakley

Winner of the “Share Your Goo Goo Story” contest that Gail Kerr featured
in her Tennessean column recently.Mary Weakley Goo Goo Story WinnerMary L Weakley holding a photo of her father’s country store that is still in Cumberland Furnace, TN, where she became one of our first Goo Goo customers.

Mary’s story:
“Gail Kerr, you really opened up a Pandora’s box of memories for me when you wrote the article about that piece of work called the Goo Goo Cluster. I learned it was 100 years old – just 3 years older than I am (January 20th 1915).

I can remember that Goo Goo Cluster like it was yesterday – how it looked, tasted, and smelled!

My dad had a general merchandise store in a small village in Dickson County, TN. Of course he had that candy showcase with mirrored doors in the back (I still have those hinged doors). That, of course, made it look like twice the amount. It was a beautiful place to stand and drool and wish.

That Goo Goo was always my favorite and remained that for so many years.

Back in those days drummers made the rounds about once a month. I had four brothers and we all remembered the day that candy drummer was due and we would be there when Bud Lusky put that sample container out and opened it- Oh, the heavenly smell coming off those sample candies! He had a small sample for each of us.

Back in the 20s and early 30s, our village had mail delivered once a day but we would go to the post office in the afternoon. The young folks would walk the quarter of a mile to the post office to get together. On my way out of the store, I would swing by the candy counter and get a Goo Goo to enjoy on the way. Those were some happy and wonderful times and I love thinking about the good life I’ve had. And to think Goo Goos and I are still here! What a joy.

Happy 100th Birthday Goo Goo!!!”

Goo Goo Desserts All Over Nashville October 1st – 31st

Goo Goo Clusters Special Desserts for 100 Year Celebration

During the entire month of October, over thirty independent Nashville restaurants will celebrate Goo Goo Cluster’s “century of sweet success” by creating and serving a dessert inspired by the candy. Stay tuned for further details and a full list of participating restaurants. Be sure to follow the Goo Goo Cluster blog,Facebook page, and Twitter for the most up to date information regarding all events surrounding the 100th anniversary!