NASHVILLE — Rewind to 1912, when Model Ts chortled and lurched through downtown Nashville. The Hermitage Hotel sat like a shiny new penny on Sixth Avenue, having been open only a few years. And in a candy company on First Avenue, a man named Howell Campbell stood over a copper pot and created the Goo Goo Cluster candy bar.
Said to be the first combination ingredient candy bar in the country, Goo Goo Clusters brought together marshmallow nougat, peanuts and chocolate at a time when candy bars included only one ingredient, such as chocolate or caramel or taffy. (The Snickers bar, for example, wouldn’t come along until nearly 20 years later in 1930.)
And unlike so many things in a fast-paced world, the Goo Goo Cluster has endured. As it celebrates its 100th anniversary this month, we give you the stories of some of the people who helped make it what it is today.
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