Howdy, everyone. I’ve been doing a bit of traveling the past couple months which has kept me away from CollectingCandy.com more than I’d prefer. But on the plus side, a lot of that travel has led to uncovering great historical confectionery information while also allowing me to shop for candy in locations I don’t normally get to, including the Dallas airport terminal. Today I’d like to share a few pieces I picked up while on a layover last month – check out my Texas souvenir candy!
One of my recent destinations was the 2014 San Diego Comic Con with a flight that included a layover in Dallas, giving me some time to check out the local candy. Well, maybe not the most authentic local confectionery offerings – this was the airport after all – a place that is its own unique world.
At a couple of the Dallas airport newsstands, I encountered large handle-bag packs of Hershey’s candy in what were labeled “Travel Retail Exclusive” packaging. I would have liked to have gotten a sample of one of these packages for my collection, but it was simply too much extra candy to carry. I did snap a picture, however, so I could share it today:
Not only that, but the Dallas airport terminal also featured a dedicated candy store chain I’d never encountered before – Natalie’s Candy Jar!
I picked up a few things at Natalie’s that I hadn’t tried before, and found the overall design and look of the place to be quite welcoming and colorful. I dug it.
But I didn’t find today’s souvenir candy at Natalie’s – I found those spread out across a few other spots within the terminal. At first, I only found these Texas Size Jelly Beans:
I wasn’t even sure I was going to buy these but when I found some of the other souvenir boxes at a different vendor, I realized they made up a fun assortment. With in mind, I circled back and got all that I could find. I came away with five different offerings in this series, all distributed by a company called “Lonestar”. Here they are:
I especially like these next two boxes for Rattlesnake and Armadillo Candy Eggs as they offer a bit of educational information on the reverse of each box. Reminds me of some of my favorite souvenirs acquired during childhood road trip vacations.
Those are all of the Lonestar-branded souvenir boxes I picked up.
I also found what I assume is a more traditional Texas confectionery offering from the Lammes Candies company – Longhorns (These remind me a lot of DeMet’s Turtles):
The last souvenir candy I picked up was a Texas chocolate bar, produced by the Paramount company. Paramount Chocolates produces souvenir bars for sale all over the country. I know I’ve got at least a couple New York City-themed bar wrappers in my collection produced by Paramount. Here’s the wrapper for the Texas bar:
That’s what I picked up during my short-but-fruitful layover in Dallas.
There was one additional souvenir candy box I decided not to get, once again because I felt it was too big to fit into my already candy-stuffed carry-on baggage. This one was for a product called Wild West Taffy – here’s a pic:
And that’s everything I’ve got to share on the Texas-themed souvenir candy I discovered during my Dallas layover. If you spot any souvenir candy in your area, send me a pic – I’d love to see what’s out there!
See you next time, pardner!