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.

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

CBS Sunday Morning Episode Featuring Goo Goo Cluster Wins James Beard Award

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The James Beard Awards, given out every year in May, honors chefs, restaurants, writers, journalists and other food professionals in the United States. Often called “The Oscars of the Food”, many in the culinary world dream of winning one of these awards.

So imagine our excitement when we heard the news that the CBS Sunday Morning episode we were featured in last November won a JB Award last week! The “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” show won for the category Television Program In Studio or Fixed Location. Congratulations to the writers and producers of our segment. We’re honored to have been a part of it!

If you missed it back then, check it out now!

 

Goo Goo Cluster to Appear on Fox & Friends 4/29

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Fox News Channel’s highly rated Fox & Friends morning show will feature Goo Goo Cluster on Monday, April 29th. As a part of their “Made in America” series, Fox & Friends will treat their audience to a live behind-the-scenes tour of the Standard Candy Co.

Fox & Friends airs weekdays at 5 a.m. – 8 a.m. CDT. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR!

Goo Goo Cluster on The Chew 12/17

ABC’s “The Chew” will feature Goo Goo Cluster during the upcoming Monday, December 17th show! Chef Carla Hall, one of the hosts of “The Chew” visited Nashville in October to tape the segment.

You may remember that Carla, a native of Nashville, named Goo Goos as one of her favorite treats during a 2011 airing of “The Chew”. Check out video from that episode here.

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

Goo Goo Cluster A Dessert in the Making

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

Goo Goo Cluster Scavenger Hunt

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!

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!

Goo Goo Cluster Jog ‘n Hog – October 13th

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Run, eat, run. That’s the simple premise behind the inaugural Goo Goo Clusters Jog n’ Hog, a fun and slightly crazy event that will challenge participants’ bodies, minds…and stomachs.

Here’s how it works: Runners will jog 1.5 miles through Shelby Park, stop and eat six Goo Goo Clusters and then run about 1.5 miles back to the starting line. Sounds fun, right?!?

Open to everyone ages 10 and up, the Jog ‘n Hog will be held on Saturday, October 13th at 8:30 a.m. in Shelby Park. All runners receive a unique race t-shirt, a commemorative “Hog Tag”, and of course, Goo Goo Clusters! Registration for the race is now open at jogandhog.com. And just for you special Goo Goo fans, you can receive $5 off your entry fee with code “JOGNHOGBLOG”.

The Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt – October 13th

Goo Goo Cluster Celebrates 100 years

Mark your calendars for the Great Goo Goo Scavenger Hunt taking place on Saturday, October 13th! Clues will be disseminated via Goo Goo’s social media channels and Lightning 100 between noon and 5 pm on that day, leading seekers to various locations in and around downtown Nashville. For each Goo Goo collected during the hunt, participants will receive one entry for a random drawing to win a variety of prizes – Goo Goo merchandise, gift certificates, concert tickets, Team Green memberships, and much more! To stay up to date on all the details, become a fan of Goo Goo on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Goo Goo at Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

2012 Food & Wine Classic in AspenA few weeks back we attended the Food & Wine Festival in Atlanta where Goo Goo Clusters were enthusiastically received by attendees.

Well, this weekend, the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival team will be out in Colorado promoting their event by hosting a table in the tasting tent at the Aspen Classic. Naturally they wanted to showcase a taste of the South, and thought the best way to do so would be to serve up Mint Juleps and a Southern chocolate to the crowd.
Want to take a guess at what Southern chocolate they chose? That’s right! We’re proud to announce that this year we’ll be a part of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen!

The New Nissan Altima & Goo Goo Clusters

Nissan Altima and Goo Goo
Recently Nissan USA hosted national and international media journalists to ride and drive the new 2013 Nissan Altima. During this event, they used Goo Goo Clusters in a very unique way!

In order to demonstrate the innovation, competitiveness, and weight reduction of the 2013 Altima over the 2012 Altima, they asked the question, “How many Goo Goo Clusters of weight did Nissan Engineers remove?”

Check out the display above. That’s 723 Goo Goos!

As a parting gift, Nissan gave the media visitors a little taste of Tennessee- a few of those very Goo Goo Clusters!


Photo courtesy of Bill Kruger of Nissan North America

Goo Goo Cluster at Savor Nashville’s Challenge to the Chefs

Goo Goo Mascot and WorkerGoo Goo Cluster was front and center at this weekend’s Savor Nashville Challenge to the Chefs!

The “Challenge”: 11 Nashville chefs had to create a dish utilizing two or more of the following ingredients: Goo Goo Clusters, Benton’s bacon, and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey.

Here are just a few of the amazing dishes showcasing the Goo Goo Cluster….

Perl Goo Goo Savor DishBenton’s Bacon Zeppole with Goo Goo Cluster Caramel & Coffee Bourbon Sabayan

FScotts Bentons Bacon Goo Goo Cluster BiscottiBenton’s Bacon and Goo Goo Cluster Biscotti with Jack Daniel’s Honey, Bongo Java Coffee, Kahlua, and Cream

FScotts Bacon Wrapped Brisket with Goo Goo BBQ Benton’s Bacon Wrapped Local Beef Brisket with Jack Daniel’s Honey Glaze and Goo Goo Cluster Barbeque Sauce

Tayst Goo Goo Cluster CannoliGoo Goo Cannoli – Savory Benton’s Bacon Mousse, Ginger Jack Honey Glaze, Peanut Bacon “Dirt”

City Club Goo Goo Mousse with Benton's Bacon and CornChocolate Torte, Goo Goo Cluster Ganache, Peanut Butter Powder, Goo Goo Cluster Chocolate Mousse, Benton’s Bacon-Bourbon Caramel Corn, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Macerated Strawberries

Goo Goo Hot DogsMoroccan Spiced “Hot Dogs” in a Smokey Bun with Bacon Peanut Crumble, Ginger “Mustard” and Strawberry Chili “ketchup” (the Hot Dogs were Goo Goos!)

The Newest Member of the Goo Goo Family

Archer

The smile says it all – I love Goo Goos!

You may have noticed that things were a little quiet around the Goo Goo Cluster social media realm for a couple of months.

Well, this little guy was the reason! Born in late January, baby Archer is the newest member of the Goo Goo family. Mommy was off taking care of him for several weeks, but now she’s back and ready to have some fun around here.

Have a photo of your kiddo sporting Goo Goo gear or enjoying a Goo Goo Cluster? We’d love to see ‘em.

Email them to us at and if it’s okay with you, we’ll share their cute faces here on the blog and on our Facebook page!