2016 H-E-B Primo Picks
Quest for Texas Best Winners

All across the Lone Star State there’s a whole lot of deliciousness going on! In 3 years, we've had nearly 1,500 entries with 173 products making an appearance on H-E-B shelves. The Third Annual H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best content submissions came from 100 Texas towns across the state, yielding a delicious mix of BBQ sauces, snacks and desserts. Entries spanned 69 categories such as ice cream, teas, hot suaces, pickles and seasonings. The following five winners were selected and named "Texas Best."

The Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck
Grand Prize ($25,000): The Texas Pie Company Original Pie Dough Puck
 
Since 1988, Chef Julie Albertson has been crafting handmade pies, learning from her grandmother to use organic ingredients including fresh fruits, dairy milk and eggs. Today, her pies are famous for their handmade quality and farm‑fresh fillings. Using pecans from Texas growers and a homemade crust recipe, Texas Pie Company's Pecan Pie has been the number one seller for over 25 years.
 
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KITCHUN's Holy‑Coco‑Cacao! No‑Grain‑Ola
First Place ($20,000): KITCHUN's Holy‑Coco‑Cacao! No‑Grain‑Ola
 
Search no further for healthy snacks that will satisfy your cravings. KITCHUN is an UNconventional brand of delicious foods made with chef sensibilities. The brand line includes their famous No‑Grain‑Ola and Batch, and Please! Cookie mixes, which contain no grains, gluten, soy, dairy or GMOs. They are just tasty, good‑for­you ingredients put together with an UN expected great taste.
 
Bagel Dots
First Place ($20,000): Bagel Dots
 
Have you ever wondered what happened to the center of the bagel? Aarti Garehgrat has the answer! Bagel dots are a truly innovative, fresh, new solution to an age‑old problem: eating bagels is messy. These bite‑sized bagel balls filled with cream cheese and other ingredients of choice are delicious, fast and ready to go. This wholesome snack can be eaten at any time and any place.
 
The Culinary Cowgirls' Lone Star Queso
Second Place ($15,000): The Culinary Cowgirls' Lone Star Queso
 
Culinary Cowgirls' quesos are made by Texas chefs loaded with all‑natural ingredients to create spicy flavors like Lone Star Queso, Roasted Hatch Queso and Salsa Con Queso. Based in Austin, Texas, every batch is hand stirred and overseen by the cowgirls who invented the recipes. This is not your momma's queso. So, saddle up and spice up your life with the Culinary Cowgirls.
 
Humble House Foods Ancho & Morita‑Smokey Tamarind Sauce
Third Place ($10,000): Humble House Foods Ancho & Morita‑Smokey Tamarind Sauce
 
Influenced by the heart and dedication of family‑owned farmers and ranchers in San Antonio, Luis and Marsha Morales established Humble House Foods with an emphasis on real food, real flavor and real sustainability. Using multidimensional flavors from dried, aged and smoked chilies, as well as real fruits like mango, papaya and golden raisins, Humble House Foods creates pesto, hummus and hot sauces focusing on the brand's motto: "Flavor First."