Taste of the Wild West

There’s a lot to love about the Lone Star State — one of our favorite things is how diverse it is when it comes to the flavors and spices found in its borders. The sweetness of our Longhorn candies to our spicy Firecracker treats, Texas hits every end on of the flavor spectrum!

One of our popular gift sets, “The Taste of the Wild West” gives you a sample of all of the flavors of Texas while conveniently packaged in a patriotic metal tub. This makes an excellent gift for any newcomers to the Lone Star State, a great housewarming gift for new homeowners, or maybe a “just because” treat for someone you love!

Our “Taste of the Wild West” Gift set includes: TX Treats - A Taste of the Wild West

  • Wild West Peanut Brittle
  • Wild West Cookies
  • Wild West Taffy
  • Lammes Longhorns (6 oz.)
  • Lammes Texas Themed Chocolate Bar
  • Cowboy Snack Mix
  • Two bags of Authentic Texas Tortilla Chips
  • Salsa Ranchera (16 oz.)
  • Texas Firecrackers – spicy baked snack crackers with a Texas kick! (1.5 oz.)

Whatever occasion you are celebrating, Texas Treats has just what you need to show your love and support.

 

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The Lady in Blue

As our Yankee neighbors are buried in snow, the Midwest is blanketed in all manner of ice and wintery mess, and even parts of Texas have felt the icy chill of winter, we’re here to say — we’re ready for Spring. Enough is enough, Old Man Winter. It’s time to bow out and make way for our favorite persona of Springtime: The Lady in Blue. Also known as buffalo clover, the wolf flower, or simply: bluebonnets.

Bluebonnet field - labeled for reuseSince 1901, the Bluebonnet has been the official state flower of Texas. It’s been a part of Native American legends, has it’s own theme song, and blankets the Lone Star State starting in late March/early April. However, there is a little bit of a caveat to calling the Bluebonnet the Texas State flower because technically, in 1971 the Texas Legislature named all species of the Bluebonnet as the Texas state flower. With such a wide variety of bluebonnet species in the Lone Star State, Texas essentially has six official state flowers instead of just one!

In keeping with true Texan (and American) pride, this bold flower boasts red, white, and blue bonnets on it’s stems — a testament that this land sows, reaps and inspires patriotism, even with the little flower that speckles the countryside every Spring. And they all count as bluebonnets, regardless of color or size.

Keep your eyes peeled as Spring approaches to see if you can spot these faithful ambassadors of springtime. Remember you can be looking for bluebonnets with red or white bonnets too! Maybe you can start a trend of taking your family photos in a field of white bluebonnets? Why not? They’re still the Texas state flower!

 

 

 

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For the Texas Enthusiast!

There are a lot of people who are fans of the Lone Star State but may not have the opportunity to live in this fine place. If that’s the case, we have what it takes to encourage that enthusiasm! We offer a variety of gift boxes and sets to celebrate all of the unique aspects of Texas.

One of our most versatile bags contains all the homemade goodness and Texas treats you can enjoy! Our “Carry Some Texas Home” gift set is a great gift to give to someone who is (tearfully) leaving the Lone Star State.

Our “Carry Some Texas Home” gift set includes: 

TX Treats - Carry Some Texas Home!

  • Authentic Texas Tortilla Chips (3 oz.)
  • Salsa Ranchera (8 oz.)
  • Texas Wildfire Dip Mix
  • Cowboy Snack Mix (2 oz.)
  • Boot Stompin’ Peanuts (in shell, 2 oz.)
  • Wild West Peanut Brittle (6 oz.)
  • Texas-themed Lamme’s candy bar
  • Texas Taffy
  • Longhorns! (6 oz. box of chocolate covered pecan and caramel clusters)
  • Lucky Horseshoe (wrapped in cellophane and tied with bow)
  • Speak Texan book
  • Texas Braggin’ Rights cookbook
  • Texas Flag Picture Frame (holds 4 x 6 picture)
  • Texas-shaped acrylic paperweight

Whether you know someone is home-going or home-coming, this gift set is a perfect companion for all of your Texas- loving friends! Stop by our website, to find more goodies for all Texas occasions!

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Navigating The Texas Climate

Family_jumpIt only takes a few months of living in Texas to discover that our weather patterns are fairly predictable during the summer months (spoiler alert: it’s HOT), and strictly unpredictable during the winter months.

It isn’t unusual to blast the heat on your morning commute and drive home that same day with your windows down, taking in the 70 degree sunshine and breeze. For people who are new to living in the Lone Star State this can be a frustrating element of their new hometown.

“When, if ever, do I pack up my summer clothes?”

“How do you choose what you’re going to wear when there’s a 40 degree temperature difference from morning to evening?”

And, if you hail from the land of the Yankees, you’re probably looking out at the thin layer of snow in your front yard that caused an entire city to shut down. We Texans are a fine and resourceful group of people but we aren’t keen on snow, ok? While we may not be the #1 most unpredictable weather spot on the United States, it appears that the Midwest is ripe with unpredictable weather patterns!

Our humble suggestion to those of you who find yourself sweating in your winter scarves and shivering in your skirts — always pack a light jacket! Keep one in the car, or in the office as a way of being prepared for the new climate you’ll encounter as you leave your workday. If you drop your kids off at childcare, you might as well provide them with a light  jacket as well, but don’t be surprised if you find them running around in a tank top and shorts when you dropped them off in mittens and a winter coat.

Part of what makes Texas so great is the flexibility of her citizens! And don’t worry, we won’t judge you when we see you dressed completely backwards and looking frazzled in your parka as we enjoy 80 degree February days and 30 degree February nights. Just think — you’ve got the whole summer to know exactly what the weather will be like on every. single. day. 😉

 

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Lucky in Life!

Maybe you’re dreading this weekend as love is celebrated all over our nation with flowers, chocolates, and teddy bears. Sometimes it’s easy to believe that if you’re not “lucky in love” then you’re not lucky at all! At Texas Treats, we understand there are all kinds of love to celebrate, not just the romantic kind. If you’re lucky enough to be loved by friends or family members or even furry four-legged pals, you’re lucky!

While many will be celebrating with nice dinners or romantic getaways, we encourage you to find some creative ways to enjoy the friendships and family relationships. Write a note of appreciation to your best friend, call your mom or dad and tell them you love them! When you choose to look creatively around you, you’ll find a lot of blessings that are found all around you.

TX Treats - Horshoe Gift Set

 

To celebrate all the joys and special relationships that we’re lucky to have as a part of our life, we offer the Lucky Chocolates gift set! What could be better than receiving rich milk chocolate turtles covered in luck? This is a gift for all occasions! To celebrate weddings or graduations or even as a housewarming token. No matter what love you are celebrating this weekend, don’t forget to appreciate all of the ordinary ways you are loved by special people in your life!

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Three Cheers for the Sweet Tooth!

If you are one of the lucky millions of people who have an unashamed sweet tooth (or ten), then you know how convenient it is to have certain holidays be fueled by the consumption of all things sweet and tasty – Halloween, Valentine’s Day etc. You also know that we don’t really need a holiday to celebrate the genius and joy that is all things sweet and tasty.

Nevertheless, Valentine’s Day is upon us and there are countless option to satisfy our deep and abiding cravings and chocolate-flavored impulses. While most chocolate candy is a dime a dozen nowadays, special occasions do call for some special indulgences. At Texas Treats, we go kind of crazy in the sweets department. With our Wild West Taffy, Texas-sized jelly beans, pecan pralines and all kinds of chocolates, we are your one-stop shop for Valentine’s Day happiness.

TX Treats - Longhorn ChocolatesOne of our most popular Texas sweet treats is our Longhorn Chocolates. These candies have been made in the Lone Star state since the 1800s in our wonderful and weird capital – Austin by the Lammes Candy Company. Smothered in caramel, dipped in chocolate and downright delectable, these pecan treats are sure to leave any self-respecting Texan in high spirits!

If you’re looking for just a small taste of heaven, get the 6oz box but if you are committed to a more thorough, longer-lasting (hypothetically) experience go ahead and splurge on the 12oz box! Whatever you’re looking for, we promise you won’t be disappointed at our sweet selection of Texas goodies!

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Embrace the Chance to Love

TX Treats - Helping homeless - labeled for reuseIn the midst of all of the Valentine’s festivities, it’s important to remember others who may need to be shown a little extra love. All across the Lone Star state there are opportunities to give back to your community by helping those who are in need. Unique charities and non-profits all across the state provide people with the chances to love, serve, and give back.

Are you crazy about those fur-faced, four-legged rascals? Consider volunteering at your local SPCA, or even make Valentines weekend the time to adopt one of those lovable furballs into your home!

Sadly, there are over 19,000 homeless people in the state of Texas alone and over 500,000 in the United States. There are several ways to get involved in helping others get off the streets and back on their feet. Check out these websites for opportunities to volunteer in some of our larger cities:

Austin

Dallas

Ft. Worth

San Antonio 

Houston

Let’s make this Valentine’s holiday about more than just the people who can afford to celebrate love — let’s spread the love to those who don’t usually feel it all year round! What have been some of your favorite experiences in giving  back to the community? Share with us in the comments, we would love to hear it!

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