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What's your favorite "Texas" products?

alkonost Feb 26, 2013 12:02 AM

Since moving here I noticed an abundance of "Made in Texas" products sold everywhere, even in supermarkets and costco. I've been snatching them up and trying as many as I can since I prefer local products, but now I'm hooked because all of them are sooooo damn good.

So which do you love?

Here's a list (off the top of my head) of what I've tried and liked so far:
Shiner Bock (that's a no-brainer)
North Dallas Raw & Unfiltered honey (got it at costco)
Native Texan Green Hatch Salsa Verde (CM's salsas are also good)
3 Happy Cows
Texas Tea
Sweet Leaf Tea (available in NY but I didn't try it until moving to TX)
Tito's Handmade Vodka
Dripping Springs Texas Vodka
Texas Red Grapefruit

What else should I try? any Texas products with ringing chowhound endorsements? There was a Texas-made pecan rum that caught my eye at goodie goodie (the exact name escapes me) that was was thinking of trying.

PS- Lewisvillehounder, I've got the mozz co's ricotta on the list of things to try, CM always seems out of it when I put it on my shopping list (of course when I don't need it that's when they have it).

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    tacosandbeer RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 02:35 AM

    Crybabies jalapenos. If you're in the Waco area, stop in at George's and try a Crybabies Burger, then ask them how to get to The Shops at Spice so you can buy a few jars.
    Then mail me some here in the UK. Pretty Please?

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      alkonost RE: tacosandbeer Mar 12, 2013 09:48 PM

      I take it that our friends from across the pond aren't into jalapenos. If I'm in Waco I'll check them out. Crybabies has a website I wonder if they'll make an exception and ship to the UK?

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        tacosandbeer RE: alkonost Mar 13, 2013 02:14 AM

        Thanks - I have a standing order with any of my visitors - entry to the UK requires Crybabies, Uncle Chris's Steak Seasoning from Bolner's (white cap, premixed seasonings - the pinto bean mix is great too - try them!) and Fritos. Woe to anyone who gets off the plane at Heathrow empty-handed!!

    2. TXMandy RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 02:36 AM

      True Brew bottled tea is very good and made in Plano. I've only seen it sold in Kroger stores so far. I also completely agree with the Tito's.

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        Khatru RE: TXMandy Mar 2, 2013 03:17 PM

        Absolutely agree about True Brew tea! Love it.

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          alkonost RE: TXMandy Mar 12, 2013 09:50 PM

          Thanks I will keep an eye out for it next time I'm at krogers :)

        2. DuchessNukem RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 03:06 AM

          Texas Olive Ranch olive oil
          Rahr Ugly Pug
          Deep Ellum Brewing beers

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            Aggie71 RE: DuchessNukem Oct 14, 2013 05:32 PM

            Can I add Rahr Iron Thistle (Jan-Feb brew). Granbury's Revolver brewery's Blood & Honey (best new beer I've tried in a while!!)

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            James Cristinian RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 08:51 AM

            Llano Estecado wines

            The wife just got back from the Rio Grande Valley with a load of Texas grapefruit and oranges.

            1. arashall RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 09:08 AM

              I'm not a big drinker, but my boss is currently in love with Garrison Brothers bourbon.

              I love all kinds of Texas made cheeses. There are lots of really good ones to choose from! I live in Houston, so Houston DairyMaids brings them to us.

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                alkonost RE: arashall Mar 12, 2013 09:56 PM

                Mr alkonost loves a good Bourbon. I'll see if goody goodies carries it since they seemed to stock a lot of texas products

              2. grampart RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 09:20 AM

                Deluxe Fruit Cakes in Corsicana (for the last 50+ years) and these folks in Granbury (since 2008).

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                  ConsApi RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 03:08 PM

                  I've gotten some good wines from Becker Vinyards in Fredicksburg. And yesterday, I was in the HEB looking for something with a screw top to drink in my hotel rooom, and I found Lost Maples Red Table Wine, from Fort Stockton. It's not a bad vin ordinaire, especially considering it cost less than $8.00

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                    don515 RE: ConsApi Feb 26, 2013 03:38 PM

                    Blues gutiarists

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                      veggiedoc RE: don515 Mar 3, 2013 01:09 AM


                  2. twinwillow RE: alkonost Feb 26, 2013 06:36 PM

                    Any of the Mother Teresa's (original family recipe) jarred products. Proudly made in Clute, Texas.

                    I'm especially fond of the artichokes. made with balsamic vinegar, EVOO, herbs, spices and salt. That's it! 100% natural without preservatives.

                    Available at Jimmy's Market in Dallas.

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                      swamp RE: twinwillow Feb 27, 2013 08:32 AM

                      Agree with the Mother Teresa's products. I plan to attend the Galveston Home and Garden show just to get some salad dressing at their booth.

                      I also can't live without my Talk O' Texas okra pickles.

                    2. pagesinthesun RE: alkonost Feb 27, 2013 03:08 PM

                      Here is a great piece of trivia that my good friend from ATX told me a couple of weeks ago:

                      Tito's (of Tito's vodka, which we love here in AZ, too) last name is Beveridge. I know it's spelled differently from beverage, but sounds phonetically the same. I got a kick out of that.

                      Enjoy Texas! It is a great state!

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                        alkonost RE: pagesinthesun Mar 12, 2013 10:00 PM

                        I am really enjoying Texas and have zero regrets leaving my old hometown. Don't change a thing!

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                        San Antonio Sam RE: alkonost Mar 1, 2013 06:34 PM

                        I like all the suggestions so far. I'll add Pioneer Baking Mix . .and White Wings Tortilla Mix. Both by CH Guenther in San Antonio.

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                          Redbeanrocket RE: alkonost Mar 2, 2013 07:41 AM

                          Blue Bell
                          Pecos cantaloupes
                          Hill country peaches

                          1. Khatru RE: alkonost Mar 2, 2013 03:18 PM

                            Big Red!

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                              veggiedoc RE: alkonost Mar 3, 2013 01:17 AM

                              good thread! I second Blue Bell ice cream, it's a taste of Texas. Specifically Homemade vanilla. The other odd addition I'll say is Mrs. Baird's bread. PB and J on some Mrs. Baird's bread? That's my childhood right there.

                              And look how cute Mrs. Baird was: http://www.mrsbairds.com/ourstory/mee...

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                                alkonost RE: veggiedoc Mar 12, 2013 10:09 PM

                                I was looking forward to trying bluebell when I moved- so far the banana pudding flavor is my favorite but I haven't tried the homemade vanilla yet. I'll be sure to pick some up next time.

                                Love Mrs bairds too, great for making grilled cheese and tuna melts. We caught on to Mrs Bairds immediately relocating (Pb&J's are a staple when you haven't stocked your pantry yet).

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                                  ChelseaVC RE: alkonost Apr 24, 2013 12:45 PM

                                  I didn't know plain white bread could be so good until I moved to Texas and tried Mrs. Baird's.

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                                    Perilagu Khan RE: ChelseaVC Apr 25, 2013 02:25 PM

                                    The Khantessa was looking at a loaf o' Mrs. Baird's just this morning and noted that it came from Horsham, Pennsylvania. What the.......?

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                                      grampart RE: Perilagu Khan Apr 25, 2013 02:33 PM

                                      Bimbo Bakeries.


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                                        Lambowner RE: grampart Apr 25, 2013 02:55 PM

                                        Ya, Bimbo bought Baird in the late 1990's thus ending the Baird family ties and unfortunately the Baird guy's commercials. Bimbo, by the way is pronounced "beam-bo" and is a Mexican corporation.


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                                Jaymes RE: alkonost Mar 3, 2013 10:34 AM

                                Pretty much anything by Fischer & Wieser.

                                Especially Mom's pasta sauces.


                                1. Perilagu Khan RE: alkonost Mar 7, 2013 03:27 PM

                                  Pedro's Tamales
                                  Goodart's Peanut Patties
                                  Daisy Sour Cream
                                  Red Mud BBQ Sauce

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                                    alkonost RE: Perilagu Khan Mar 12, 2013 10:11 PM

                                    I didn't realize daisy was a Texas product. It's been my favorite sour cream for years.

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                                    randyjl RE: alkonost Mar 15, 2013 02:30 PM

                                    IMHO Blue Bell is highly overated. Kroger Private Selection is much better.

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                                      DoobieWah RE: randyjl Mar 28, 2013 02:05 PM

                                      <Whilst pointing n your general direction...>


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                                      INDIANRIVERFL RE: alkonost Mar 15, 2013 02:31 PM

                                      Texas Caviar.

                                      1. Lambowner RE: alkonost Apr 20, 2013 11:23 AM

                                        I just discovered a line of products called Texas Ranger Foods and picked up a jar of BBQ sauce that looks peppery, but I haven't tried it yet. Strangely, I found the line being sold in a discount bookstore in Katy.


                                        I also picked up a jar of Galveston Sea Salt at Revival Market recently - really!

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                                          Jaymes RE: Lambowner Apr 23, 2013 11:30 AM

                                          Yeah, that Galveston Sea Salt is a hoot, I think. I've found it to be a terrific little gift for friends and family that live in Galveston. Amazingly enough, at least to me, was that until I gave them some, they had never heard of it!

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                                            Lambowner RE: Jaymes Apr 24, 2013 06:13 AM

                                            Good idea! I'm in a food group that exchanges boxes of local foods and I sent one in a package. I think I'll pick up some more for the Galveston folks. I hope whoever is making it is selling it in Galveston also. Great little souvenir.

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                                          Zelinath RE: alkonost Apr 22, 2013 03:44 PM

                                          must suggest taking a peek at http://www.gotexan.org/

                                          I'm a sucker for locally raised bison, and different honeys that come out of the northeast Texas area, so good. If you ever get a chance to go to the State Fair, they always have one building dedicated to showcasing foods and products and businesses from within the state, too.

                                          1. stricken RE: alkonost May 12, 2013 12:05 PM

                                            Wright's of Texas Salsa. It's $7, a bit pricey, but worth every cent

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                                              amazinc RE: alkonost May 15, 2013 01:20 PM

                                              Just found and tried Slovacek's Beef Sausage from Snook, TX. No, I'm not kidding. Delicious.

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                                                Sam Spade RE: amazinc May 17, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                Remember Snook exit on 46, too bad I quit driving to A&M a few years back...some great Czech bakery in Caldwell whose name escapes me.

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