Goetze's Candy Company

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Goetze's Candy Company, Inc.
IndustryConfectionery Manufacturer
HeadquartersBaltimore, Maryland, U.S.
ProductsCaramel Creams, Cow Tales

Goetze's Candy Company, Inc. (pronounced gets) is an American confectionery company based in Baltimore, Maryland specializing in caramel-based candies. Goetze's was established in 1895, as the Baltimore Chewing Gum Company by August Goetze and his son, William. In 1917, the family developed a soft, caramel candy (known as "Chu-ees"[1]) which ultimately evolved into their signature candy, Caramel Creams (also known as Bull's Eyes), a soft chewy caramel with cream filling in the center.[1] Each individual candy is typically packaged in a clear wrapper and twisted at two red and white ends.[2]


Caramel Creams, the flagship product.

In addition to its signature caramel candy, the company also makes a different style of its classic caramel candy, known as Cow Tales. Goetze's Cow Tales were originally launched in the year 1984.[3] Cow Tales are similar to the Caramel Creams, but in the form of a long, thin cylinder of soft caramel with a cream center.[4] Cow Tales are also produced in Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, and Caramel Apple flavors. In addition, the company now also offers Mini Cow Tales, a bite-sized version of Vanilla Cow Tales, Goetze's number one selling 25 cent item.[5]

Over the years, the company experimented with a number of flavors, such as peanut butter and banana. As of 2009, the Caramel Creams lineup included "Original" (Vanilla), Chocolate, Strawberry and Caramel Apple flavors.[6]

According to the manufacturer, Goetze’s caramels have always been made with a low fat, low sodium, no cholesterol recipe, and are made with wheat flour, dairy milk and cream ingredients.


In 1984, R. Melvin Goetze, a third generation family member (who joined the company in 1935), was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame by the National Confectionery Sales Association of America.[7] Spaulding A. Goetze Sr. was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 1998.[8] Rick LaRue, Goetze's former National Sales Manager, was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame while working at Goetze's, in October 2006.[9] and Tony Gazzola, one of Goetze's Regional Sales Managers, was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame while working at Goetze's, in October 2007.[10] Mitchell Goetze, one of the fifth generation family members, became the Executive Vice Chairman of the National Confectioners Association in 2008,[11] and became the Chairman of the NCA two years later.[12] John Leipold, Goetze's Director Sales & Marketing, was inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in October 2009.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Caramel Creams Vanilla". CandyFavorites.com (Selavy Ltd.). Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  2. ^ Marketplace Staff (8 March 2007). "A sour sugar lobby". Marketplace. Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  3. ^ Cow Tales Archived January 12, 2015, at archive.today at snackmemory.com
  4. ^ "Goetze Candy (cowtales, caramel creams...) (2002)".
  5. ^ "Goetze's introduces theater boxes (2008)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
  6. ^ "Goetze's Candy Co., Inc. (2009)".
  7. ^ "Candy Hall of Fame, R. Melvin Goetze (1984)".[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Candy Hall of Fame, Spaulding A. Goetze Sr. (1998)".[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Candy Hall Of Fame, Rick LaRue (October 2006)".
  10. ^ "Candy Hall Of Fame, Tony Gazzola (October 2007)".
  11. ^ "Goetze's Candy Co.'s Mitchell Goetze Becomes Executive Vice Chairman of National Confectioners Association (2008)".
  12. ^ "National Confectioners Association Names Goetze's Candy Co.'s Mitchell Goetze Chairman, Jelly Belly Candy Co.'s Bob Simpson Vice Chairman (2010)".
  13. ^ "Candy Hall Of Fame Honors Inductees (October 19, 2009)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08.

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