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McAllen-based sugar-free chamoy company wins HEB Quest for Texas Best 2022 contest | Flavor | San Antonio

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McAllen-based I Love Chamoy won HE-B’s Quest for Texas Best contest, winning a cash prize of $25,000.

McAllen-based I Love Chamoy is the latest Texas-based company to reap the rewards of HE-B’s Quest for Texas Best competition, including a $25,000 cash prize and coveted shelf space at the giant’s stores. Texas grocery store.

When Annie Leal, originally from Mexico, learned that her father had been diagnosed with diabetes, she decided to create a sugar-free alternative to one of her favorite condiments: chamoy. However, his monk fruit-sweetened version of the sweet and spicy sauce isn’t just sugar-free. It’s also free of artificial colors and contains 40 to 80 percent less sodium than most chamois on the market, according to HEB officials.

Leal is joined by runners-up Lakeway, Houston, Dallas and Guthrie, who together received a combined $80,000 cash prize in this year’s contest.

$20,000 First Place Winner:
Ashley Cameron – Love & Cookies, frozen cookie dough from Lakeway, Texas

$15,000 Second Place Winner:
Karim and Mansour Arem – ZWITA, traditional spicy harissa from Houston, Texas

$10,000 Third Place Winner (Tie):
Brent and Juan Reaves – Smokey John’s, Smokey John’s BBQ Rub from Dallas, Texas

$10,000 Third Place Winner (Tie):
Burnett Ranches LLC – Four Sixes Ranch, Chuck Wagon Chili Blend of Guthrie, Texas

Since launching Quest for Texas Best in 2014, HEB has reviewed more than 5,300 samples of made-in-Texas foods, beverages and merchandise. The San Antonio-based grocer awarded nearly $500,000 in prizes to contest alumni.

Puro Nitro coffee was the only food item from Alamo City chosen for this year’s contest. The company markets canned cold brew coffee as a tastier, less bitter alternative to those already on the market. Although Puro Nitro didn’t earn a spot, creator Daniel Mezza seems to be in good spirits about it all.

“The H‑E‑B ‘Quest for the Best in Texas’ competition was [an] an amazing experience and filled with amazing starters,” read an August 25 Puro Nitro Coffee Instagram post. “Alas, we didn’t win one of the top 4 places, but one of the top 10 out of 560 entries isn’t bad, is it? We are still the best chosen coffee brand in Texas and the only brand in San Antonio! »

Puro Nitro once again profited from its participation in the competition, announcing future plans to be put in more than 160 HEB stores in the coming months, according to the post.

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