Saturday, 21 March 2009

March 21st: GooGoo Cluster

Kcal 230 Fat 12.0g Fat(sats) 4.5g Carbs 30.0g

My pals over at CandyPirate have got a whole host of new goodies in from the US and have kindly set me across another sampling package full of their new latest lines. Included in the selection was this 'GooGoo Cluster'. This is a product with a rich heritage, and was first produced in 1912. In fact according to WIKI it was the first ever combination candy i.e. it was the first product ever manufactured that contained several different types of candy in a single bar. This product constituted of 'milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel and marshmallow' ... if you want to read up more on the brand I suggest you go HERE.

CandyPirate were kind enough to send me across a few of these, each of which I consumed in one serving (50.0g). The packaging was pretty fair, I perhaps would have liked a cardboard sleeve included to protect the product however the pieces I had made it to me in very good condition. The product itself cut an appealing look, with the peanuts looking especially well portioned and enticing. The aroma of the product reminded me very much of the Snickers Rockin' Nut Road, in that it had some amazingly fresh nutty scents mixed in amongst some sweet smells from the mallow.

This thankfully wasn't a product all about it's looks - it actually tasted superb as well. The outer milk chocolate was quite thick and substantiated a nice set of initial creamy flavours in the mouth. Sat below the chocolate were layers of both caramel and marshmallow that combined well together to give a fantastic chewy, dense and fulfilling feel to the product. To be honest I was expecting a lighter mallow, however it was a lot more viscous and had a simply delicious coconut edge to its sweet taste. As aforementioned sat on top of the product were a load of peanuts, which subsequently added a wonderful contrastive savoury element to the sweeter ingredients below. They tasted fresh, buttery and left longing roasted nut notes with their long aftertaste.

Overall despite this products age it was a thoroughly enjoyable one from beginning to end. The combination of the ingredients made for a wonderful variety in its flavours, which were all well placed in and amongst some well crafted texture variations. My favourite part to the product were the nuts, however the coconut hinted marshmallow was also a real standout. If you like the sound of this product I strongly suggest you try it out. I simply can't wait to try the rest of variants from the range.

8.5 out of 10
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