Houston News & Search
Published 2:09 pm, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Wanderlust website Atlas Obscura recently introduced the rest of America to one of the quirkiest features of a Houston-to-Austin road trip – a roadside vending machine where you can buy pecan pie, candy and pecans anytime of day.
Frequent travelers along Highway 71 have likely noticed the giant 14-foot squirrel named Ms. Pearl lording over Berdoll Pecan Candy and Gift Company in Cedar Creek, beckoning people stop and visit the store.
The woodland creature is a frequent star in roadside selfies. If she doesn’t get the attention of drivers, a towering, scrolling LED sign hawking pecans in bright red letters will.
The store is located right before you hit Austin after you have already gone to Hruska’s in Ellinger for actual kolaches, the Buc-ee’s in Bastrop for a whole pantry of Beaver Nuggets, and that other favorite secret spot you get cheap gas that you won’t tell your friends about.
Of course the vending machine is nothing new for Texans, but to the Atlas Obscura contributor it was. The farm itself has been there for 36 years and the vending machine has been in place for 12 years.
A newer, more advanced vending machine has been in use for two years. The cheapest item is a $10 clutch of beef jerky. A traditional pecan pie is $20 and a chocolate pecan pie runs $22. The machine has room enough to hold ten of each product. It accepts cash and credit cards.
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A member of the family behind the farm, Jennifer Berdoll Wammack, said that they have a surveillance camera that records the goings on near the squirrel and the machine, which is restocked every night with freshly packaged inventory.
“We see a lot of dancing late at night,” she said.
Apparently sometimes people just have to have a dance party in the middle of the night with a pecan pie.
If you can’t make it to the shop or the vending machine, items are always available to order online on the farm’s official website. The shop has everything anyone would ever need concerning pecans.
As far as Chron.com knows, though, Berdoll’s is the only pecan pie vending machine in Texas.
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