Product: Pearson’s Original Nut Goodies Bar – $0.99+
I blame nostalgia.
No…really. Because if it hadn’t been for my aunt pulling down boxes of old pictures from when my family would come to Minnesota from New York each summer to spend two weeks with my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and cousins…I wouldn’t have even remembered what a Nut Goodies bar was. Honestly. It had been blocked from my memory until we unearthed an old photo of my mom, dad, brother, sister and myself sitting on the back porch of my grandparent’s lake cabin…all eating Nut Goodies bars.
The family that eats candy together…is awesome!
Well, it was a day or two later that my roommate and I ventured out to the Mall of America on our last day in Minneapolis. And while in one of the stores that specializes in things from Minnesota…I spotted the Nut Goodies bars. As in…they had a Sea Salt Caramel one too. Well, I had to have that because Salty Caramel things are one of my great loves in life. But…I couldn’t not get the original bar. And, as the label clearly read that there were gluten-free…I allowed the splurge and went ahead and picked up one of each flavor, so that my roomie and I could split them and savor.
These made the journey back to the Louisville area with me…in my often crowded and heavy carry-on bag. But…they survived and were in tact. Yesterday…I broke out the Sea Salt Caramel one for dessert…per the request of my roomie. She started with the new flavor…not the original. Interesting. So tonight…that meant we were having the treat of my childhood. The Original Nut Goodies bar.
After we ate dinner…it was time for our tasty dessert treat. I went to the kitchen and snagged the Original Nut Goodies bar from the pantry and tore into the wrapper. I easily sliced the bar in half, giving her one half and keeping the other half for me. I almost didn’t want to eat it. Well, I did…but there was so much nostalgia going on in that moment…
My roomie wasted no time. She bit into it and said…”It’s like a Snickers on crack!” Which, I took as a good thing. So, I took a deep breath, closed my eyes…and took my first bite in ages.
And I immediately remembered that flavor. It was sweet. Crunchy. Smooth. Creamy. Dreamy. DELICIOUS! I mean, it doesn’t get much better than a creamy maple center that is coated with real milk chocolate and unsalted Virginia peanuts. Nope. It really doesn’t. Forget Snickers…this candy bar is much, much, much better. I fell in love with it all over again. It took me back to those childhood days. One bite. I was there. And then, before I knew it…my half of the candy was gone. I licked my fingers clean. No crumb was wasted. Now…I want more.
Pearson’s Nut Goodies candy bar hit the scene in Minneapolis, Minnesota back in 1912. Over 100 years later and the candy is still being made. Minnesota is famous for them. And I guess that’s why my family would devour these whenever we headed that way to visit. It wasn’t like we could find them in New York. Trust me…we couldn’t.
Now…given that this is, in fact, a candy bar…don’t expect great nutritional information. This is…a treat. My roommate and I split our bar in half…but an entire bar would serve you up 240 calories and 12 grams of fat. Thanks to the nuts being unsalted, one bar only has 85 mg of sodium. Not too bad. The nuts also help to provide the 4 grams of protein in each bar. That being said, you will be feasting on 28 grams of sugar. But…like I said…it’s a treat.
Pearson’s created a divine, premium candy bar back in 1912. The fact that they maintain their high standards and still produce an amazing, delicious product is even more impressive. I think Nut Goodies bars will forever be on the ‘bring home with you’ list when I visit Minnesota. And if you happen to spot one out in the wild…trust me…you want one. You want one BAD. So go ahead…treat yourself to one. Or you’ll be missing out on a Minnesota classic.