Texas Shaped Stuff

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The entrance to the Walmart in Kerrville, Texas

Here it is – what you’ve all been waiting for. The Texas Shaped Stuff post. It’ll be a mix of products that are both in the shape of Texas, as well as those that use either the state flag or the shape of Texas in their advertising.

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When you’re buying sausage, don’t you feel more secure if you see the little shape of Texas? I’m still not sure about this one.

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When I posted this elsewhere, someone mentioned that this hot sauce isn’t even produced in Texas. I suppose Texas Pete would rather we not talk too much about that.

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The German here (Oma is German for ‘grandma‘ and Opa means ‘grandpa‘) mad me smile. And I like both Habañero peppers and garlic. Wait, I can get bother together? All the better.

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Hot sauce. The mild one’s for Wannabe Texans and the Medium for Naturalised Texans. What do you think about that?

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And more meat? There’s always more meat. In Texas, there’s rarely a lack of meat. And if the shape of the state of Texas is on the package, it’s more likely it’ll sell.

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And once you’ve got all that meat, you really need the grub rub. How long since you’ve had your grub rubbed? That very well may be too long.

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I’ve poked a bit of fun, but here’s a product I actually like. When I’m in Texas, I drink Texsun stuff happily.

Who doesn’t need a Texas thermometer?
Larry’s Bag-of-Smoke could’ve been NSFW, but it’s not.
and a Li’l Texan sippy cup

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Finally, a Texas shaped waffle. It looks somehow tastier than your typical waffle.

(update: my friend Cay sent me a photo of this, and I thought it really belonged here…enjoy)

Kathleen and a Texas-shaped jello salad

how to sell to Texans

no basement in the Alamo

No idea how true this story is, but I think it introduces what I want to talk about perfectly. There’s a national supermarket chain in the US called Kroger, and they’re based in Cincinnati. At least they were when I still lived in America, and as much as somethings have changed, I can’t fathom Kroger moving their headquarters.

Purportedly, they desperately wanted to compete with a Texas-based ice cream brand, so Kroger came out with its own brand called Texas Gold. It had nothing to do with the Lone Star State. It was a blatant marketing ploy and it worked. Some people in Texas broke away from their brand loyalty and bought this creation.

It wasn’t bad ice cream, but it wasn’t that good either. It’s advantage? People in other parts of the country didn’t mind eating Texas Gold, and more importantly, people in Texas reached for it merely because of the name.

So, when I get back home to Munich, I’ll add my favourite photos of Texas Shaped Stuff and Texas-Centred Advertising. I’m sure you’ll love it.