Without a doubt I've got a sweet tooth! If it's sweet, I'll usually eat it, especially if it's a sugar based candy like peppermints, taffy, butterscotch rounds, orange slices, Skittles, SweetTarts and the like. Now don't get me wrong, I won't turn down chocolate based candies, I'll eat them up with just as quick! If I'm ever in need of freshly made local candy, I don't have to look far because there are some big name candy companies right here in East Texas cranking out some of my favorites and distributing them globally!

Seeing the lineup of candy coming out of Lufkin reminds me of my childhood of when we would go to the Mesquite Rodeo on Friday and Saturdays when I was 8 or 9 years old and grabbing a Chick-O-Stick and the peanut butter bars and eating them while watching the rodeo. I had no idea that my childhood favorites were made right here in East Texas! In addition to the peanut butter bars and Chick-O-Sticks, Atkinson also creates a variety of sugary goodness with flavored button (or disc) candy, striped candy poles, brittle, caramel candies and more. If you've been to any bank in Lufkin there's no doubt you've had some candy given to you from Atkinson's!

Atkinson's is located at 1608 W. Frank Ave. in Lufkin and you can reach them by phone at 936.639.2333.

The Tyler Candy Company in Tyler has been using the same recipes since 1941 and creating special sweets on DC Drive since 1949. The candy making process at the Tyler Candy Company begins bright and early! Churning out pecan logs, divinity, peanut patties, peppermint sticks, coconut bars and other seasonal favorites. The Tyler Candy Company is also known for the creation of a special process for their peanut patties and received a patent on the process back in 1956.

The Tyler Candy Company can be found in Tyler at 4337 D.C. Drive and by phone at 888.620.0009.

In business in downtown Lindale since 1946, the Lindale Candy Company has been creating some of East Texas' favorites for quite a while. From hand dipped and drizzled chocolate covered strawberries to hand swirled hard lollipops and peppermint sticks to handmade fudge, brittle, patties and other chocolate treats for your pallet, there's something for every sweet tooth!

They also create some special holiday themed candies and gift baskets while in season too in downtown Lindale at 113 W. Hubbard St. they can be reached by phone for orders too at 903.882.1200.

Nestled in Northeast Texas in Mt. Pleasant, Sweet Shop USA has been creating creating hand made truffles, fudge, pops, toffee, dark chocolates and more since 1972. Nearly everything coming out of the 80,000 square foot facility is handmade and decorated with pride. They are the largest handmade chocolate manufacturer in the US and have received numerous recognitions for their confections! If you've ever wondered what it takes to make chocolate covered truffles from hand, head here for the scoop!

You can also visit them and watch them make truffles in person at 1316 Industrial Road in Mt. Pleasant and you can reach them by phone too at 903.575.5505.


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