Made in Texas: How Blue Bell went from making butter for locals to becoming one of the country’s top ice cream brands
Today, we’re featuring the iconic Texas-born ice cream company who some say makes the “best ice cream in the country” — Blue Bell Creameries. Ice cream flavors include 25 classic year-round options like homemade vanilla, cookies ’n cream and moo-llenium crunch. It wasn’t until the 1980s when Blue Bell ice cream was available in stores outside of Texas. However, the company says it was quick to claim a spot as one of the country’s go-to ice cream brands. What’s your favorite Blue Bell ice cream flavor?
Made in Texas: Who was Mrs. Baird and what led her to start her bread brand more than 100 years ago?
HOUSTON Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State. Today, were featuring one of the go-to brands of the white bread loaf for Texas families Mrs Bairds. The productThis Texas-born bread brand features its classic white bread loaf in large and small sizes, as well as different varieties. Who was Mrs Bairds? Today, the company has four bakery locations across the Lone Star State.
Made in Texas: The story of America’s original craft vodka and the man behind it
HOUSTON – Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State. Today we’re featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, also known as America’s original craft vodka, and the man behind the Austin-made spirit. The productTito’s Handmade Vodka is a gluten-free, corn-based vodka produced in the state’s first and oldest legal distillery. Beveridge, a geophysicist, geologist and sixth-generation San Antonian, obtained the state’s first legal distilling permit and created the popular vodka brand. Beveridge sold the first case of Tito’s Handmade Vodka in 1997.
Made in Texas: This Houston invention has helped wine lovers uncork a bottle effortlessly since 1979
Today, were featuring the Houston-made device that makes opening a wine bottle an easy task, the Screwpull. The productDubbed as the worlds best corkscrew by Texas Monthly, the Srewpull is a wine opener made of polycarbonate plastic and metal that has helped wine lovers uncork a bottle effortlessly since 1979. Allen had nearly 400 U.S. and foreign patents that listed him as the sole or joint inventor, according to the National Academy of Engineering. As an oenophile himself, Allen had a breakthrough moment after a frustrating attempt in opening a wine bottle for his wife, according to Wine Bottle Openers. Following his death in 1990, his company, Hallen Company, was bought by French company Le Creuset, according to United Press International.
Made in Texas: What is a chuck wagon and how did it play an essential role in a cowboys life?
Today were featuring the 19th-century Texas invention that played an essential role in a cowboys life the chuck wagon. What is a chuck wagon? To the young cowboys, the chuck wagon was much more than just a mobile kitchen, though. It was essentially their home and a place where they all gathered while out on trail rides, according to the American Chuck Wagon Association. You might also see a version of a chuck wagon at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo during the popular horse-led chuck wagon races every night before the evenings performer.
Made in Texas: This Houston invention is the reason our lawns look so neat
HOUSTON – Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State. Today, we’re featuring the machine that makes it easier to trim the weeds from those hard to reach areas on our lawns, the Weed Eater. The productThe Weed Eater, also known as a string trimmer or weed whacker, is a lightweight handheld garden tool that uses a rapid spinning line to cut any plants growing in unwanted areas. The inventorThe inventor of the ingenious device was a Houston entrepreneur named George Ballas. Ballas was a dance studio owner and a World War II bombardier, according to Texas Monthly.
Made in Texas: Meet the woman whose cosmetics company helped millions of other women thrive in a male-dominated business world
HOUSTON – Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State. Today, we’re featuring the cosmetics brand which has helped millions of women worldwide make a living while having a flexible schedule and becoming their own boss, Mary Kay Inc. The founder and the brand’s storyIt was 1963 when 45-year-old entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash used her life savings of $5,000 to open up a small storefront in Dallas. Ash had a dream to inspire women to transform their lives, and in doing so, help other women achieve success, according to the company’s website. Within the first two years, Mary Kay Inc. had over 800 independent beauty consultants and by its third year, it had surpassed $1 million in sales.
Made in Texas: More than 65% of America’s best-selling candy bars are produced in this Texas city
Today, we’re featuring the chocolate treat that’s earned the title of being the best-selling candy bar in America and the world, Snickers. The Mars Wrigley Confectionery Waco plantSnickers bars have been produced at the Mars Wrigley Confectionery plant in Waco since 1976, as well as other popular candies like Skittles and Starbursts. Today, the Texas-based plant produces more Snickers products for U.S. sales than any other Mars Wrigley plant in the country, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. KWTX reports that over 65% of all Snickers in North America are produced at the Texas facility. Everything is bigger in Texas, including SnickersIn January, the Waco plant secured a spot in the Guinness World of Records after creating a 4,728-pound Snickers bar.
Made in Texas: How a century after making its first brew, Shiner beer now distributes 6 million cases a year in 49 states
HOUSTON – Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State. Today, we’re featuring the only Texas beer that has been around for 108 years, Shiner. He says the original tastes good with barbecue, a black lager can be paired with a dessert and its Shiner light blondes go well with a hamburger. The story behind Shiner beerShiner beer is brewed at the Spoetzl Brewery in a tiny Texas town named Shiner, which has a population of 2,069 residents. Today, Shiner beer distributes over six million cases a year to 49 states across the country.
Made in Texas: How Stetson hats became a staple of the American cowboy
Today, we’re featuring the accessory that became a staple of American cowboys over 150 years ago, the Stetson cowboy hat. The productStetson cowboy hats were originally created in Philadelphia in 1865 by John B. Stetson. But since 1970, the symbolic headpiece has been manufactured in Garland by HatCo, Inc at one of the largest hat factories in the country, according to Stetson University. The hat became popular thanks to its durability, which was ideal for the demands of the working cowboy, according to the National Cowboy Museum. By 1915, Stetson had become the world’s largest hat company.
Made in Texas: How a Texas school teacher brought dinosaur sensation Barney to life
HOUSTON – Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State. Today, we’re featuring the iconic kid’s program that captivated pre-schoolers and toddlers around the country, Barney & Friends. The dinosaur sensation was accompanied by his dinosaur friends Baby Bop, B.J., Riff and a diverse cast of children. Stars like Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, started their career’s in the popular children’s TV series, according to BuzzFeed. The show’s popularity grew after its first TV episode was broadcasted through PBS on Apr.
Made in Texas: Meet the woman who underwent the first breast augmentation using silicone implants in a Houston hospital
HOUSTON – Welcome to Made in Texas, where we write about products made in the Lone Star State. The productSilicone breast implants are a type of medical device used in breast augmentation surgeries to increase breast size, replace breast tissue, or correct developmental issues, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The implants have a silicone outer shell, which can vary in thickness and texture, and are filled with silicone gel. The FDA only allows women 22 and older to use silicone-filled implants for breast enhancement. “And he had this ‘A-HA!’ moment, where he first conceived of the silicone breast implant.”The first woman to get a silicone breast augmentationIn 1962, a woman named Timmy Jean Lindsey became the first woman to undergo a successful breast enlargement procedure, which took place at Jefferson Davis Hospital, according to BBC News.
Made in Texas: How Chili’s Grill & Bar, known for one of the catchiest jingles in history, was developed right here in Texas
Today, we’re featuring the American dining chain with one of the catchiest jingles in history, Chili’s Grill & Bar. The founder and the story behind Chili’s Grill & BarThe founder of Chili’s Grill & Bar was a man named Larry Lavine. In 1975, Lavine opened the first Chili’s restaurant in Dallas. A year later, he opened up the second Chili’s location in Houston. In 1991, the restaurant opened its first international location in Canada.
Made in Texas: Meet the woman who created the Topsy Tail and revolutionized women hairstyles in the 90s
Today we’re featuring the hair tool that revolutionized woman hairstyles in the 1990s, the Topsy Tail. The productThe Topsy Tail is a small plastic hair tool that flips a pony tail, or a section of hair, inside out. A simple search on Instagram of the hashtag #topsytail will lead you to dozens of hairstyles you can create with the hair tool. Prior to creating the Topsy Tail, Edmark had been working as a marketing executive for the International Business Machines corporation for several years. She thought other women might appreciate a hair accessory that would allow them to more easily create intricate hairstyles, according the Lemelson MIT website.