Desserts to Celebrate Goo Goo’s 100th
Signage for participating restaurants- be on the lookout this month!
Remember how I said I’d been really busy with work and I’d soon be telling you all about what I’ve been doing? Well, I’m thrilled to finally be able to announce one of the big projects that has kept me occupied for the last few weeks!
For the entire month of October, over 40 Nashville restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and bakeries will be wishing Goo Goo Cluster a Happy 100th by creating and serving a dessert inspired by the candy.
I personally delivered a case of Goo Goo Clusters to every single one of those restaurants in a two week span of time. Every. Single. One. Whew.
Biscuit Love’s “The Howell Campbell” bonuts – fried biscuit dough filled with marshmallow cream, rolled in peanut butter dust, drizzled with caramel and served with chocolate gravy
But I really can’t complain, because I’ve already started reaping the rewards of all of that hard labor.
Yes, I’m talking about sampling. I’m trying not to think too much about the pounds I’m likely going to pack on this October. Goo Goo Cluster only turns 100 once, so I’m going to live it up. Bring on the chocolate, caramel, marshmallow and peanuts!
I’m sharing some photos with you today of just a few of the amazing dessert creations I’ve been fortunate enough to taste so far. Decadent, delicious, incredible, heavenly, ridiculous – those are just a few of the adjectives I found myself uttering aloud as I savored each of these desserts. Wow. You guys are in for a real treat.
F Scott’s peanut butter and Goo Goo Cluster tart with Benton’s bacon, marshmallow meringue, graham cracker crust
For a full alphabetical list of participating restaurants and links to their websites, you can visit the Goo Goo blog. Since I had to run all over town delivering to these places, my personal list is sorted by area of town (yes, I’m anal like that), so I thought that might be helpful for you as well!
Smoke Et Al
Hit & Miss Ice Cream
The Sportsgrille at the Hilton
Prime 108 at Union Station
The Cupcake Collection
Pied Piper Creamery
The Ultimate Goo Goo Gift from Nero’s Grill – puff pastry filled
with crushed Goo Goo pieces, accompanied by drizzle of caramel, chocolate, and
fresh whipped cream
Green Hills/Hillsboro Village/Sylvan Park
The Painted Cupcake
Turnip Truck Urban Fare
Goo Goo Pie at Bound’ry – Chocolate cookie crust, chocolate nougat, salted caramel, peanuts, marshmallow cream, raspberry sauce
The Wild Hare
Fido’s “Cuckoo for Goo Goo” Cheesecake – cheesecake with coffee, caramel, goo goo cluster, graham cracker crust, and toasted marshmallow topping
The 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. Visit googoo.com for more details.
Whoa. WHOA. I got a sugar rush just reading that!
Awe! Happy Birthday Goo Goos! May you have many happy returns!
Fabulous idea. I’m hoping to sample a few of these.
Tempting! Delicious post!
Oh my word. Now I’m trying to figure out how to eat every single one of these in one month!
i’m in full on lovefest mode here, Beth. love this idea. love these restaurants. love that we did this project together. lovelovelove.
your post is, well, lovely! always impressed with your restaurant photo-taking skills.
this is a most brilliant idea! I’m loving the Goo Goo billboards I’m seeing around town [‘specially the 1-65 Cluster one that’s near my hood that Biscuit Love Truck tweeted recently].
We should gather a caravan of foodies + bloggers and hit up as many of these restaurants as humanly possible! I know I’ll sacrifice my waistline for such an endeavor! :)
So incredible. Beth, it’s inspiring to all when someone is able to turn passion into a living g. Thanks for this!
First of all, good job on getting basically every restaurant in Nashville to participate. Goo Goo is lucky to have you. Secondly, OMG, I want them all!
I was in Nashviille from Montana for my sister’s wedding, but in my spare time, (when I wasn’t helping with the planning), I had the chance to get my fill of some of my favorite eateries. The Howell Campbell at Biscuit Love was actually one of my treats…my husband and I LOVED it! I did not realize at the time that it was a tribute to Goo Goo, but my best friend who owns Retro Sno filled me in while we were having dinner at The Pharmacy one night. Gotta love Nashville and all there is to EAT in it! :)
I.am.dying. They all sound divine. I am a bit bummed though. Cupcake Collection posted on FB they had the Goo Goo Cluster cupcakes, and I went mere hours later, and he said they didn’t have any! He didn’t say sold out… It was busy & loud in there, so I have no idea. But Damnit! I was bummed.