Pearson’s Sea Salt Caramel Nut Goodies Bar – $0.99+
It’s a Minnesota classic. Something I ate when I was a kid…whenever I visited Minnesota, my parents would treat us to one. There are pictures of my family sitting on the back porch of the lake cabin in Minnesota, chowing down on the infamous Nut Goodies Bar.
Ever have one?
If not…you need to change that.
So…as it goes, I was in Minnesota last month to run a half marathon. On my final day in Minneapolis, my roomie and I hit up the Mall of America, where I made a few random purchases. One of which were two varieties of Nut Goodies Bars. What are Nut Goodies Bars? They are AWESOME, that’s what they are. But seriously, Pearson’s Nut Goodies Bars are a Minnesota classic. The company started in 1909, and the Nut Goodies Bar released to the market in 1912 as a premium 5¢ candy bar. These candy bars contain a creamy maple center that is covered with real milk chocolate (and still is today…unlike many of today’s candy bars) and fresh unsalted Virginia peanuts. What you end up with is this nice blend of sweet and salty…which is only one of my favorite combinations…EVER!
But…in honor of their 100 year anniversary, Pearson’s went a bit off the beaten path and released it’s first ever permanent line extension by introducing the Sea Salt Caramel Nut Goodies.
Salted Caramel. Please excuse me while I drool for a moment. Because I. LOVE. SALTED. CARAMEL.
I spotted it while at a store full of Minnesota goodness at the Mall of America. I went ahead and grabbed one of the Sea Salt Caramel and one of the Original Nut Goodies Bars. For old time sake. After all, the labels clearly stated that they were…wait for it…GLUTEN FREE! Happiness and joy!
So, they traveled back to Louisville with me in my carry-on luggage. And survived without getting too crushed under everything else I had jammed in there. And since the cookies are winding down in my pantry of gluten-free gorging…I decided tonight my roomie and I would split one of the Nut Goodies Bars that came from the land of 10,000 Lakes and Awesome Chocolate Candy. I told her to choose between the Original and Sea Salt Caramel. I expected her to start with the basic…the bar that started it all…but she chose Sea Salt Caramel. So tonight, we split the Sea Salt Caramel Nut Goodies Bar.
This candy bar is basically a new take on the Original. Instead of the maple center, however, there is a center that is made up of delicious sea salt and caramel…then coated with the infamous real milk chocolate and Virginia peanuts.
These are your basic Turtle candies taken up to the ultimate level. I absolutely loved having my half of this candy bar for dessert. I mean…it doesn’t get much better than something sweet with a hint of something salty. The caramel portion is soft and chewy. Which I love. No one likes hard caramel in their candy bar. The nuts are fresh and crunchy…and being unsalted, you get that nice earthy taste with them. The chocolate is sweet and rich. I love that. And the addition of the sea salt brought the right hint of salty to this otherwise sweet treat.
Now…being that this is a candy bar…let’s remember that this won’t be nutritious…but I don’t like to keep the facts out of my blogs. My roommate and I split this to cut down on the hit the entire bar would give us. And, really, you just need a taste. But Pearson’s Sea Salt Caramel Nut Goodies Bar will set you back 250 calories and 12 grams of fat (some of that is the good fats from the nuts). Given that this is a sea salt variety, the sodium is a little higher, set at 220 mg per bar. And each bar has 3 grams of protein (thank you peanuts!). As for sugar level…yeah…sugar rush on the way with this topping out at 26 grams. So, remember, this is a treat…but you can also split it with friends and family.
I also love that Pearson’s clearly labeled this Gluten-Free. No questions. No guessing. It’s right there.
And I am clearly falling back in love with a treat from my childhood. Memory lane…taking down a new flavor path. YUM!