Best Made-in-Texas Products

H-E-B discovers best products in Texas come from Austin, Houston and tiny northwest Texas town

H-E-B finds best products in Texas from Austin, Houston and tiny town

Teo Gelato product shelves brand
TEO Gelato won the Grand Prize in H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best contest.  Teo Espresso and Gelato/Facebook
H-E-B Texas Best Angela Rowley Blackbird Foods
Houstonian Angela Rowley won $15,000 for her sweet and savory pies.  Photo by H-E-B
Houston, H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best, July 2015, Blackbird Foods
Houston's Blackbird Foods earned $15,000 for its sweet and savory pies in a variety of flavors that include Cajun, traditional Cornish pasties and Indian-spiced chicken tikka. Blackbird Foods
H-E-B Texas Best Karen Morgan Blackbird Bakery
Karen Morgan of Austin's Blackbird Bakery won $10,000 for her gluten free baked goods.  Photo by H-E-B
Blackbird Bakery gluten-free blends product
Austin's Blackbird Bakery took home third place and $10,000 for its gluten-free baked goods. Blackbird Bakery/Facebook
H-E-B Texas Best Matthew Lee TEO Gelato
Matthew Lee of Austin's TEO Gelato won the grand prize of $25,000. Photo by H-E-B
H-E-B Texas Best Winners
Angela Rowley, Matthew Lee, Karen Morgan and Chad Wilson pose with their trophies. Photo by H-E-B
H-E-B Texas Best Chad Wilson Slaton Bakery
Chad Wilson from the tiny town of Slaton won first prize and $20,000. Photo by H-E-B
Teo Gelato product shelves brand
H-E-B Texas Best Angela Rowley Blackbird Foods
Houston, H-E-B’s Quest for Texas Best, July 2015, Blackbird Foods
H-E-B Texas Best Karen Morgan Blackbird Bakery
Blackbird Bakery gluten-free blends product
H-E-B Texas Best Matthew Lee TEO Gelato
H-E-B Texas Best Winners
H-E-B Texas Best Chad Wilson Slaton Bakery

H-E-B's second Quest for Texas Best contest has come to a conclusion. After two days of tasting, debate and deliberation, a panel of judges whittled down the 25 finalists to a Grand Prize winner and three runners-up. All earn cash prizes and the chance for a coveted spot on H-E-B's shelves — or in its freezer cases.

Taking this year's Grand Prize of $25,000 is Austin's TEO Gelato, which serves signature flavors that include Texas pecan and whiskey, peanut butter and nutella, Poteet strawberry and Texas Hill Country peach.

Homemade vanilla wafers from a bakery in the tiny town of Slaton (population: 6,121) in northwest Texas took first prize and $20,000. 

Houston's six finalists produced second-place winner Blackbird Foods. The farmers market favorite earned $15,000 for its sweet and savory pies in a variety of flavors that include Cajun, traditional Cornish pasties and Indian-spiced chicken tikka.

Austin's Blackbird Bakery took home third place and $10,000 for its gluten-free baked goods. 

"The final presentations were a wonderful display of ingenuity and vision,” said H-E-B director James Harris in a statement. “Our state is prime territory for smart, inventive food entrepreneurs further solidifying Texas’ national reputation as a foodie state."