SXSW Food: Here’s an iconic Austin treat you haven’t had yet

Chocolate-covered strawberries aren’t the first thing you think of for March, but Lammes Candies is bringing back its hugely popular Valentine’s Day treat for SXSW and St. Patrick’s Day.

Lammes, you’ll remember, was founded in 1885 in a storefront at Eighth and Congress Avenue. That makes it one of the oldest businesses not only in Austin, but also in Texas. The company is now based on Airport Boulevard, with five locations around Austin. It also ships chocolates and other goodies all over the world.

These chocolate-covered strawberries from Lammes are fully covered in chocolate. They’ll be for sale during SXSW and St. Patrick’s Day next week. Contributed by Lammes Candies.

They don’t ship these strawberries, though. They sell out here fast enough, says April Kling Meyer, sales and marketing rep who runs the company’s delightful Twitter accounts.

What kind of chocolate-covered strawberries are we talking about? A succulent strawberry fully enrobed in milk chocolate from San Francisco’s Guittard Chocolate Company, another food company in its fifth generation of family ownership, Meyer says.

It seems as though Lammes might have sold the first chocolate-covered strawberries in Austin, according to Bryan Teich, fifth generation co-owner and descendent of the founder William Wirt Lamme. This happened during the 1970s, and though lots of companies sell them now, few wrap the entire strawberry in chocolate. These treats are one of their biggest sellers at Valentine’s Day, but Lammes also sells them on and off throughout the year.

Thursday through Saturday next week, in honor of SXSW and St. Patrick’s Day and all the folks visiting Austin this time of year, you can buy them at all five locations of Lammes.

Granted, these aren’t spots that are located downtown near the biggest crowds that weekend, but one of these locations might not be far from where you’re staying:

Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive
Barton Creek Mall, 2901 Capitol of Texas Hwy.
Hillside Center, 2927A W. Anderson Lane
Round Rock, 110 N. I-35 (I-35 and RM 620)
Airport Boulevard, 5330 Airport Blvd.

You can buy them for $15.45 per pound, and they are only available in the stores. However, you can hire a delivery service to pick them up, Meyer notes.

Lammes was likely the first confectionery in Austin to sell chocolate-covered strawberries back in the 1970s. Contributed by Lammes.

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