Music City Cookoff & The Goo Goo Dessert Challenge



Music City Cookoff at the Taste of Tennessee festival


Saturday, September 6, 2104


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


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


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 Shop Confectionery Manager

We have an immediate opening for a Confectionery Manager at our new Goo Goo Shop in downtown Nashville, TN. Below is a brief description of the position. Eligible applicants should send their resume to:

Job Title: Confectionery Shop Manager

Job Summary

Under administrative direction from the Executive Vice President, and the Director of Retail Operations, executes all confectionery shop operations and initiatives for Goo Goo Cluster, LLC.  This position is heavily involved in the daily operation of the assigned Goo Goo retail outlet to generate positive brand recognition and sales for the Company’s product line.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage the daily production of candy product and packaging for retail sales; ensuring consistency and quality of product
  • Schedules production of all confectionery products to maintain an inventory of fresh goods at all times.
  • Ordering, receiving, unloading and storage of ingredients; includes initiating and maintaining vendor relationships
  • Managing department inventory – planning and ordering according to work plan and standards to maximize sales and gross profit
  • Upkeep/Maintenance of kitchen and to meet all codes inspections and requirements
  • Enforcement of food standards regarding food handling practices, safety and sanitation
  • Manage 2-6 full and part-time department associates, ensuring that all receive proper training and supervision.  Includes:  hiring, developing and terminating kitchen staff as well as scheduling and maintaining labor cost.
  • Analysis of sales reports in an effort to identify which products are selling and which are not as popular; assisting the Director of Retail in ongoing product mix/sku selections
  • Continuing R&D with regard to flavor profiles and emerging candy trends
  • Travel to and from promotional and/or industry trade shows and events as needed


  • Basic understanding of professional cooking with previous experience in confectionery products preferred
  • Understanding of safety, sanitation, and food handling procedures
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, to include public speaking and customer interaction
  • Strong math and reading comprehension skills for tracking inventory, calculating profit, labor cost utilization and reviewing sales
  • Strong organizational skills, with proven ability to manage multiple priorities and professionally interact with coworkers, customers and the general public
  • Must be able to frequently lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Be able to work in a standing position for long periods of time
  • Must possess the physical ability to operate basic kitchen equipment and utensils


Goo Goo Shop Job Fair

GOO_GOO Shop LogoThe GooGoo Shop is opening soon and we are ready to begin hiring retail sales associates. Outgoing, enthusiastic applicants are encouraged to apply.

On Thursday, June 19th and Friday, June 20th, we will be hosting a job fair from 1p.m. to 4p.m at 116 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37201.  So, bring your resume and spread the word.  Please note:  Previous retail experience is required.

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



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.


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

When: Saturday, June 7, 2014

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

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”



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 Delicious Souvenir

While out at The Station Inn in Nashville last evening, I couldn’t resist purchasing a GooGoo Cluster as usual. They was great gospel/inspirational singing going on, and I thought I might take one home (several blocks away) as a souvenir. Y’all….that souvenir sure was the best tasting thing I’ve tasted in a very long time. It was better than my first GooGoo many decades ago.

Keep up the great work. You never scrimp on the quality of your ingredients, the calories aren’t high, sodium is low as is the carb count. I noticed the new wrapper, and it’s working just fine to keep the candy fresh and full of flavor.

My mother (May she rest in peace) moved to Pittsburgh, PA in the 1980′s and found no GooGoos. She came and visited your office hoping to get GooGoos in at least one market or shop. She bought several boxes and had some shipped to her after that.

Now, I wish I had bought more than one. GooGoos are way too good.

— Betty Kendall

Walgreens Coupon Southern Women’s Show

For Southern Women’s Show attendees looking to redeem their coupon for the Buy One Get One Free Goo Goo Cluster 3 pack, please see list of participating Walgreens stores below:

Store Address City State Zip
Walgreens 1809 Antioch Pike Antioch TN 37013
Walgreens 1301 Bell Road Antioch TN 37013
Walgreens 2909 Murfreesboro Pike Antioch TN 37013
Walgreens 315 S. Main St Ashland City TN 37015
Walgreens 101 Franklin Road Brentwood TN 37027
Walgreens 6815 Nolensville Road Brentwood TN 37027
Walgreens 1619 Franklin Road Brentwood TN 37069
Walgreens 1460 Ft. Campbell Blvd Clarksville TN 37040
Walgreens 1954 Madison St. Clarksville TN 37040
Walgreens 2109 Wilma Rudolph Clarksville TN 37040
Walgreens 2975 Ft. Campbell Blvd Clarksville TN 37042
Walgreens 1751 Tiny Town Road Clarksville TN 37042
Walgreens 1202 S. James Campbell Columbia TN 38401
Walgreens 805 Nashville Hwy Columbia TN 38401
Walgreens 500 S. Willow Ave. Cookeville TN 38501
Walgreens 950 N. Washington Ave Cookeville TN 38501
Walgreens 2 Mathis Drive Dickson TN 37055
Walgreens 1000 Huntsville Hwy Fayetteville TN 37334
Walgreens 1415 Liberty Pike Franklin TN 37067
Walgreens 2045 Fieldstone Blvd. Franklin TN 37067
Walgreens 1509 Murfreesboro Pike Franklin TN 37067
Walgreens 530 Cool Springs Blvd. Franklin TN 37067
Walgreens 9100 Carothers Pkwy. Franklin TN 37067
Walgreens 1008 Center Point Place Franklin TN 37064
Walgreens 1451 New Hwy 96 West Franklin TN 37064
Walgreens 585 Nashville Pike Gallatin TN 37066
Walgreens 914 Green Lea Blvd. Gallatin TN 37066
Walgreens 100 S. Main St. Goodlettsville TN 37072
Walgreens 455 Long Hollow Pike Goodlettsville TN 37072
Walgreens 198 E. Main St. Hendersonville TN 37075
Walgreens 365 New Shackle Island Hendersonville TN 37075
Walgreens 5006 Old Hickory Blvd. Hermitage TN 37076
Walgreens 400 Tulip Grove Rd Hermitage TN 37076
Walgreens 4001 Central Pike Hermitage TN 37076
Walgreens 450 Hwy 52 Bypass Lafayette TN 37083
Walgreens 5000 Murfreesboro Rd Lavergne TN 37086
Walgreens 312E. Gains Street Lawrenceburg TN 38464
Walgreens 1303 W. Main Street Lebanon TN 37087
Walgreens 606 S. Cumberland St. Lebanon TN 37087
Walgreens 758 N. Ellington Pkwy. Lewisburg TN 37091
Walgreens 805 W. Main Street Livingston TN 38570
Walgreens 627 Gallatin Rd Madison TN 37115
Walgreens 1801 N. Gallatin Madison TN 37115
Walgreens 11185 Lebanon Rd Mt. Juliet TN 37122
Walgreens 206 Crossings Lane Mt. Juliet TN 37122
Walgreens 106 W. Northfield Blvd Murfreesboro TN 37129
Walgreens 1131 Mercury Blvd Murfreesboro TN 37130
Walgreens 2006 Medical Center Pkwy. Murfreesboro TN 37129
Walgreens 2401 Old Fort Pkwy. Murfreesboro TN 37128
Walgreens 2708 New Salem Hwy. Murfreesboro TN 37128
Walgreens 3010 S. Church Street Murfreesboro TN 37127
Walgreens 3389 Memorial Blvd Murfreesboro TN 37129
Walgreens 226 Fifth Avenue Nashville TN 37219
Walgreens 5429 Nolensville Pike Nashville TN 37211
Walgreens 3901 Hillsboro Pike Nashville TN 37215
Walgreens 7601 Hwy 70 S. Nashville TN 37221
Walgreens 2244 Murfreesboro Rd. Nashville TN 37217
Walgreens 5600 Charlotte Pike Nashville TN 37209
Walgreens 5555 Edmondson Pike Nashville TN 37211
Walgreens 2611 Franklin Pike Nashville TN 37206
Walgreens 4243 Harding Road Nashville TN 37205
Walgreens 5301 Harding Road Nashville TN 37205
Walgreens 8110 Hwy 100 Nashville TN 37221
Walgreens 4201 Nolensville Rd. Nashville TN 37211
Walgreens 1804 Charlotte Avenue Nashville TN 37203
Walgreens 1081 Murfreesboro Pike Nashville TN 37217
Walgreens 2819 Nolensville Road Nashville TN 37211
Walgreens 518 Donelson Pike Nashville TN 37214
Walgreens 3500 Gallatin Pike Nashville TN 37216
Walgreens 3010 West End Ave. Nashville TN 37203
Walgreens 3130 Clarksville Hwy. Nashville TN 37218
Walgreens 2421 Lebanon Rd. Nashville TN 37214
Walgreens 3880 Dickerson Pike Nashville TN 37207
Walgreens 2500 Gallatin Rd. Nashville TN 37216
Walgreens 200 Maplewood Trace Nashville TN 37207
Walgreens 104 Hwy 52 W Portland TN 37148
Walgreens 620 W. College Street Pulaski TN 38478
Walgreens 826 N. Main Street Shelbyville TN 37160
Walgreens 400 W. Sam Ridley Pkwy Smyrna TN 37167
Walgreens 806 Nissan Drive Smyrna TN 37167
Walgreens 1300 Hazelwood Dr. Smyrna TN 37167
Walgreens 608 Enon Springs Rd. E. Smyrna TN 37167
Walgreens 483 W. Bockman Way Sparta TN 38583
Walgreens 4932 Columbia Pike Spring Hill TN 37174
Walgreens 4870 Port Royal Spring Hill TN 37174
Walgreens 2115 Memorial Blvd. Springfield TN 37172
Walgreens 480 Highway 76 White House TN 37188

A TODAY Show Thank You

Pat on Today

On Thursday, December 19, 2013, I got to realize a dream by appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show. I got to talk with Matt, Savannah, Al, Natalie and Carson and take the show to commercial break with those famous words, “This is Today on NBC!”. It was quite a day for me and my family and friends. We were treated like VIP’s and is an event that none of us will ever forget.

To say thank you, I wanted to send something quintessentially Tennessee to the Associate Producer who helped me, Alex Ficquette, and all the anchors and behind the scenes professionals at NBC. So today, I sent the case of Goo Goos so that all could enjoy. I hope they like them as much as I have my whole life.

— Pat McAfee

Cherising Beautiful Memories

My mother grew up in Middle Tennessee in the 1940′s and 50′s. Her favorite treat as a child, and on into adulthood, was the Goo Goo Cluster. When she and my father married, they moved to Missouri where Goo Goo Clusters weren’t as easy to find (if at all in the 1960′s), so she made sure to enjoy them every time they made a trip back to Tennessee to visit her family. When I was 2 years old, we lost my mother in a tragic auto accident. Because I can’t really say that I remember anything about her, I have to cling to the wonderful memories about her that have been told to me by those who loved and knew her best. One of the things that has been told to me over and over again by both my father and my aunt is how much my mother adored Goo Goo Clusters — I mean, she ADORED them — ha ha!

While I was growing up in Missouri, I only had access to Goo Goo Clusters when we would travel to Tennessee to visit my mother’s family. My father would always make a point to buy a Goo Goo Cluster for me while we were there. Not only was it delicious, but it reminded us both of someone so precious that we had lost. I’m very happy to say that as an adult, I can now get a Goo Goo Cluster anytime I want — even in the state of Missouri (thank you, Cracker Barrel!)

Goo Goo Clusters all on their own are wonderful. But for me, they’re so much more than a yummy cluster of chocolate, peanuts, caramel and marshmallow (I’m a stickler for the Original that my mother loved). Because of the sweet thoughts they bring about my mother and those that loved her so much……you would think each one I ate was dipped in gold :)

Thank you so much Standard Candy Company for continuing to make something so special.

— Gretchen M

Boxing Day Special – 12/26/13


Okay, so we know Boxing Day isn’t an observed holiday here in the U.S., but we like the sound of it, so we’ve decided to observe it in our own special way — by giving YOU a gift today!

For any order of $40 or more placed in our online store today (12/26/13), that shipment will get a FREE 3-pack box of Goo Goo Cluster Originals!

Goo Goo Love: Alyssa and Patrick’s Sweet Wedding

GOO_GOO Valentine truelove

Bride & Groom:

Alyssa and Patrick Connolly

Wedding Date:

August 3, 2013


Wedding Location:

Marathon Village, Nashville, TN

Photographer Credit:

Jessie Holloway Photography

Alyssa-Goo-Goo-Wedding-2Location of Wedding/Reception:

“When it came down to the planning we knew we wanted our wedding to portray our style as a couple and introduce some of our favorite things to our closest family and friends. Patrick and I held both our Ceremony and Reception at Marathon Village’s Event Space in Nashville. I had been in love with the historic buildings since a young age and enjoyed the urban flare it set for the evening.” ~ Alyssa

Alyssa-Goo-Goo-Wedding-3On having Goo Goo Clusters as part of the big day:

“Patrick and I both grew up with parents in the Military and were used to moving frequently. We met in High School while in Tennessee and it has been our longest stay for years. We now consider Nashville home and wanted to incorporate some southern treats into our wedding reception. From the drinks to the desserts we made sure to use local items from vendors here in town. Patrick and I were most excited about the desserts and wedding favors!

Since we are both foodies with quite a sweet tooth, we knew we wanted our favors to be edible. The first thing that came to our minds were Goo Goo Clusters! The Goo Goos were quite the rage all evening and were a hit with guests of all ages. Another thing I liked was that each Goo Goo Cluster was individually wrapped and allowed guests to stash a few for their trips home. I think this little sweet treat helped bring to life our vision in a big way and portray our love of the city to our out of town friends and family.” ~ Alyssa

Alyssa-Goo-Goo-Wedding-4Would you like to see your Goo Goo wedding featured? Please send your photos and wedding details to We’d love to hear your sweet love story!

Bon Goo! from Haiti

My niece, born and raised in Nashville (a sixth generation Nasvillian) works in Haiti. Knowing that she sometimes misses her hometown I sent her a twelve pack of Goo Goo Candy Bars to share with her office staff.

My thank you note from her came in the form of a picture posted on Facebook of her Haitian coworker pronouncing Goo Goo Bars to be "Bon Goo!".

— Darla Joure


I was in my early twenties and working for Capitol/EMI at the New York office in their Promotion Dept. In 1980, we had a new British band named Kajagoogoo and someone at the record company used the Goo Goo Cluster as part of a promotion for the band. We had a substantial shipment sent directly from the factory to New York to use as giveaways for an appearance by the band.

Despite the fact that I had lived in South Carolina in the mid 1970s and made frequent trips to Eastern Tennessee, I had never gotten the opportunity to try a Goo Goo Cluster. Well, when the promotion director brought in a few boxes just for us and I got my first taste of a fresh one …. WOW!

I think I snuck about 10 of them out of my office to take home! Without question, they are the most delicious candy I have ever tasted!

— Terry Day

A Goo Goo Break in Athens GA


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.

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.


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.


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