HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >

Discussion

Purple cow??

Can anyone help me? I have been been searching for a specific candy that I truly loved as a kid. I'm looking for anyone who can remember the "Purple Cow". It was a delicious sour grape flavored taffy on a stick, at least I think it was on a stick. It was like a Sugar Daddy but sour grape and purple. The wrapper was purple and there was a cartoonish cow on it. I loved these! I would be pleased to find that this isn't just a dream I had but that the delicious purple cows did, in fact, exist.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. That's funny - I remember something called a Purple Cow but it was totally different from yours! Mine was a purple ice pop filled with vanilla ice..cream?? milk?? I'm thinking ice milk since it was thinner than most ice creams. You bit through the grape-flavored outside to the milky inside. I enjoyed them then, but they're making me uncomfortable now for some reason!

    1. My mom would stretch milk by mixing equal parts with grape juice for a "purple cow" drink.

      2 Replies
      1. re: Aimi

        A purple cow as far as I knew was grape juice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (a black cow was, and I presume still is, root beer with same).

        A 3-second Google search didn't yield anything. I know there've been threads containing links to companies selling all kinds of discontinued candies...

        1. re: tatamagouche

          I've always known a root beer float as a brown cow. This grape juice concoction sounds awful. I might have to try it.

        1. re: davmar77

          Just like Aimi, growing up we drank a Purple Cow, half milk / half grape juice, which sounds totally gross now. There is a candy called a Cow Tales that I had when I lived in Pennsylvania, its a stick candy with carmel on the outside and cream on the inside. Maybe they used to make the grape flavor too?

          1. re: adog

            It's pretty good. The milk makes the grape juice creamy. Same "creamsicle" effect with orange juice and milk. You just can't let either one sit out too long because the juice makes the milk curdle...

            According to the website, Cow Tales are made in Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Caramel.
            http://www.goetzecandy.com/index.cfm?...

        2. Hmmm, I always thought a purple cow was grape juice or grape fruit punch with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Guess from reading all the replies here that there are a lot of variations on the same basic idea (grape juice w/ milk of some sort).

          1. I know exactly what you are talking about, but I'm not positive that was the name of the candy. I know it was not a drink, and not a CowTail.

            1 Reply
            1. re: thirtysomething

              WOW! I loved a purple cow milkshake as kid- and teen in the fifties-sixties. I didn't actually realize it was ice ream and grape juice for a long time. The place we got was the Cow Shed and it it still in my home town and still making purple cows. I still get one for the road when I'm heading out. Yummy!

            2. I know exactly what you are talking about. They were on a stick. They were a grape taffy type candy with some sort of coating. They also had "Brown cows", which were chocolate. I've been to several "old" candy stores throughout the US and have yet to see the Purple or Brown cows. It's too bad. Those were the days!

              Other candy that has gone extinct is the "Marathon Bar." You can buy then in England, but they are called "Curly Wurleys." Those were chocolate and carmel braids. Yummy!

              1. Yes, I remember Purple Cows, exactly as described, like grape Sugar Daddys. I just went online to look them up... Apparently there is some conspiracy to destroy all evidence that they ever existed!! My experience with them was in the early 1970s, in North Carolina. I also like grape juice and milk together, but that's a cow of a different color, and I don't want to switch cows in midstream when we're talking about the candy Purple Cow.

                1. I too loved this candy!! I have looked for years online for "Purple Cow". At least I know I'm not crazy and really did eat this delicious candy. Surely it was made by the makers of Sugar Daddy bars?? If anyone ever finds anything, please let me know at cindyrangemail@yahoo.com. Every-so-often, I get a craving for a Purple Cow. Loved them!!

                  1. I've never had a Purple Cow,
                    Must be an obsolete one.
                    From your description anyhow
                    Sounds far too sweet to eat one.

                    with apologies to Gelett Burgess (and any lilac bovines in the vicinity!)

                    1. Purple Cow's have been long gone, but apparently not forgotten as I can see from some of the responses. You are perfectly sane and grounded in reality. Yes, it was a sour grape taffy on a stick with a purple wrapper. I only found them for about a year on the odd occasion. I was living in West Los Angeles at the time and used to be able to buy them from Thrifty Drug Store. I believe the year was somewhere close to 1971. I was about 9 or 10 years old and also adored Black Cow's and gold nugget gum. (Thrifty has long since been bought up and it's name changed). Where were you living when you used to eat the purple cow treat?

                      1. Loved the Purple Cow. Used to get them at Meijers in Grand Rapids, MI in the early 70's. The Black Cow is back. Time to do the same for the Purple Cow!

                        https://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonli...