An Austin-made peanut brittle recently won one of the top prizes at H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best contest.
Uncle Ray's Peanut Brittle is a product from Austinite Courtney Ray Goodson, who took the first place prize of $20,000 at the San Antonio-based grocery store's annual product competition. Goodson built her company on a peanut brittle that her Uncle Ray used to make and send her when she was in the Peace Corps.
This year, Quest for Texas Best took place in Houston, where the $25,000 grand prize went to 3 Sons Foods' diablo verde sauce, a Houston-based hot sauce that has been a winner at the annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival.
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The rest of the winners were: Evoke, a coconut water and collagen drink, from Woodway, To the Moon Family Foods' nut-carrot spread from Atlanta and Grain4Grain, a low-carb flour mix from San Antonio. More than 800 food companies entered the contest this year, and 20 were named finalists.