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10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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It’s no secret everything is bigger in Texas, and there’s nothing bigger than our cravings for our favorite Texas foods when we’re away from our great state. Texas is home to some iconic staples you won’t find anywhere else, or at least they won’t be as great as they are in the Lone Star State.

Below are few familiar favorites that will make you miss home, some more than others. With their tantalizing flavors, these tasty delectable goodies are sure to make you a little homesick for Texas.

1. Dr Pepper

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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Let’s just say it: Dr Pepper is the soft drink of choice around these parts. Texas is the official home of this soda pop. There’s even a Dr Pepper Museum in Waco, Texas, that’s a must for any true blue fan to add to their bucket list of adventures. Everyone knows that when you order a coke at the restaurant you mean a refreshing ice cold glass of Dr Pepper, of course!

2. Whataburger

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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Whataburger, need I say more? No other state does burgers like we do. It’s a Texas treasure we all crave morning, noon, and especially at night. That juicy, mouthwatering burger, loaded up with a side order of fries to boot, is sure to please. Folks are known to take away a table number or two as a souvenir, but we advise against it.

3. Breakfast Tacos

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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Texas is known for some of the best breakfast tacos around. Go to any corner of the state, and you will find some of the best homemade tacos that will make your mouth drool. I’m not talking just any ol’ tacos, I mean the kind you find at the neighborhood taco stands or Tex-Mex restaurants serving up some scrumptious barbacoa tacos, chorizo tacos, or just plain potato and egg tacos. Is it morning yet?

4. Sweet Tea

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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Awhhh, a nice tall glass of sweet tea just brings back memories of simpler times, sitting outside on a sunny afternoon drinking this refreshing Texas favorite. Sure you can get sweet tea anywhere, but it’s just not the same or as sweet if it’s not from Texas.

5. Texas Tamales

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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Texas tamales are the best! We even have some of the biggest festivals around the state to celebrate the melt in your mouth scrumptious varieties to be had. Houston and San Antonio have Tamale Festivals each year. It’s all in celebration of this little slice of heaven wrapped up in a corn husk waiting for you to unwrap its delicious offerings of chicken, pork, beans, spinach, and so many more kinds to chose from.

6. Blue Bell Ice Cream

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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Blue Bell Ice Cream is America’s favorite past time. Well, Texans’ favorite anyway. Take one scoop or two, maybe three of this fan favorite. There are tons of brands out there, but none compare to our beloved Blue Bell. Everyone has a favorite, and each month it seems like they come out with something new. Nothing beats the heat on a hot summer day like a bowl of this dairy treat. Chocolate’s the way to go, but that’s just my favorite. What’s yours?

7. Texas BBQ

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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Tried and true is Texas BBQ. Nothing, and I mean nothing beats our Texas melt-in-your-mouth brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs or juicy chicken. Restaurants in every corner of the Lone Star state vie for bragging rights of who serves up the best barbecue. You can’t go wrong with the flavorful meats seasoned just right with some recipes being passed down through generations of families across our great state of Texas.

8. Chicken Fried Steak

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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A Texas classic, Chicken Fried Steak is a staple among food connoisseurs in the Lone Star State. This southern comfort food is a favorite go-to-meal with its crispy and breaded cutlet served with a heaping hand of gravy to complete the presentation. Since everything is bigger in Texas, the serving you receive is sure to be as big as the plate, enough to take home for leftovers. An iconic treasure among Texas foodies.

9. Kolaches

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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The breakfast of choice for many around the great state of Texas is kolaches. Not the kind that is filled with sausage and cheese, but the kind that has a delicious fruit filling or cream cheese filling. No road trip is complete without a quick stop at an old favorite kolache hot spot, the Czech Stop, in west Texas.

10. Texas Chili

10 Texas Treats You Crave When Your Away From Home

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A nice hot bowl of Texas chili, without the beans, of course, does the trick on those cold winter nights. A staple among Texas foods that won’t be the same anywhere else. Served up any way you like it, in a bowl, in a Frito pie, it’s delicious just the same. A campfire favorite to breakout on those overnight excursions camping in the beautiful Hill Country.

So many favorite treats to chose from with a Texas twist! It’s no wonder we get homesick for our comfort food. What’s your favorite Texas staple that you crave when you leave the Lone Star State?