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January 31, 2014

Sweat treats

Some of the longest lines at the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall can be traced to one booth: The Frontier Fruit & Nut Company.

There, workers sell some of the products most in demand at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo — chocolate pecan fudge, pecan and cashew patties, peanut brittle, even crystal rock candy on a stick.

“The lines are packed in here, two, three, four, five deep on Saturdays and Sundays,” said Lisa Walker of Alvarado, one of the clerks working the booth. “We block the aisles.”
Workers estimate they sell between 150 and 200 pounds of fudge a day at a cost of $4.60 (which includes tax) per quarter pound.
What’s their secret?
Perhaps that “Amish ladies from Pennsylvania make the fudge,” Riva Rigsby, another clerk, said with a smile.
— Anna M. Tinsley

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Lisa Walker of Alvarado fills a fudge order at the Frontier Fruit and Nut Co. booth in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall. Photo by Terry Evans


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