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The Tasty History of Goetze’s Caramel Creams

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Learn more about the history of the classic treat – Goetze’s Caramel Creams!

Do you love the classic chewy caramel and vanilla flavors of Goetze’s Caramel Creams? At Wockenfuss Candies, we adore these classic treats and are eager to share them with others. Caramel Creams contain the distinct, flavorful, chewy caramel created by Goetze’s Candy Company over 100 years ago. The chewy caramel surrounds a creamy vanilla center to produce a mouthwatering treat that’s a perfect indulgence during hot summer days. If you want to know more about the origins of your favorite candy, read on. After learning about the history of Caramel Creams, visit your local Wockenfuss to enjoy these classic treats! 

Baltimore Origins

The Goetze story begins with August and his son William. In the 1890s, August worked as an engraver and produced printing plates for the Baltimore Chewing Gum Company. Soon after, August bought the gum business with his son. In 1909, William’s son R. Melvin Goetze joined the company. The family stayed in the confectionery business when the First World War began. However, due to the shortage of some commodities, the family was inspired to develop new confections. In 1917, Melvin began making “Chuees,” or caramel creams without the center. The following year, Caramel Creams were released. 

The Arrival of Caramel Creams 

In 1918, Goetze’s Candy Company introduced the famous Caramel Creams, also known as Bull’s Eyes. The unique caramel candy features a chewy outer layer with a creamy center. The combination of textures and flavors has delighted customers for over 100 years! The caramel is made with wheat to produce a chewy consistency, unlike the sticky caramel texture in other candies. Caramel Creams still use the same vanilla flavor that was introduced by Goetze’s back in 1918. In the 1950s, Goetze’s Candy officially renamed their company from The Baltimore Chewing Gum Company to Goetze’s Candy Company. 

Flavors and Variations Over Time 

Over the past 100-plus years, many different flavors and varieties of Caramel Creams have been introduced. In 1984, one of the most popular spins on Caramel Creams was introduced: Cow Tales! These sweets contain the same chewy caramel around a creamy center but are in a long stick form instead of the “bulls-eye” circle shape. A few other inventions include: 

  • 1968: Licorice-flavored Caramel Creams 
  • 1971: Chocolate Caramel Creams
  • 1980: Strawberry Caramel Creams
  • 1982: The iconic twist wrapping is introduced and still used today 
  • 1985: Banana Cow Tales are introduced
  • 1993: Caramel Apple Cow Tales, originally named “Caramel Apple Sticks”
  • 1996: Chocolate Cow Tales

At Wockenfuss Candies, you can find packages of classic Caramel Creams, Cow Tales, and one of the many modern variations, Cow Tales with Oreo Cookie Pieces

A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies

Head to and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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