The world’s first ever combination candy bar was invented in 1912, in none other than Nashville, Tennessee. There were chocolate bars on the market, but none that incorporated other ingredients. The Standard Candy Company combined a mound of caramel, marshmallow nougat, fresh roasted peanuts and real milk chocolate, and called the creation a Goo Goo Cluster.
The story of how they came up with the peculiar name has some variations, but boils down to the fact that the first sound uttered by most babies, is “goo.” The candy’s inventor decided that could work into a good advertising slogan, a candy so good, people ask for it from birth.
The candy was sold at the Grand Ole Opry (GOO) which was established in 1925, 13 years following the candy’s debut. And the Standard Candy Company was a long-time sponsor of the program.
Happily, you can still get Goo Goo Clusters today, and you can still visit The Grand Ole Opry.