Local Sweets Are a Treat


Atkinson Candy Company in Lufkin provides famous candies for trick-or-treaters and all throughout the year.

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As trick or treaters pour their Halloween night bounty out onto tables across America, they’re sure to find among the sweet treasures candies like Peanut Butter Bars, Chick-O-Sticks, Slo Pokes, Mint Twists, Rainbow Coconut Bars, and Long Boys.  

The Atkinson Candy Co.'s most popular, and oldest candy, the Peanut Butter Bar. Courtesy Photo

Creating those sweet treats since 1932 is the Atkinson Candy Company in the East Texas town of Lufkin.

Still featuring their original candies, the factory continues to create  new and improved recipes with wholesome and fresh ingredients, including more vitamins and antioxidants, to provide customers with the best, high-quality candy around. With each passing year, the company grows, and they continue to work on an expansion that began in 2015. They’ve also opened a factory in Guatemala — specializing in making their signature peppermint treats — to take advantage of the lower cost in sugar.

The business began during the Great Depression. Owner Basil E. Atkinson famously said at the time, “During the Depression no one had any money, but everyone had a penny.” Given that candy was cheap, many civilians could enjoy a simple sweet treat for barely anything, and the Atkinson Candy Company has continued to indulge their customers.

The Atkinson Candy Company welcomes visitors of all ages to tour the factory where they can see how the candy is made. At the end of the tour, guests head to the candy shop where they can purchase various candies, including popular peanut brittles.

Atkinson prides itself in still using old-fashioned methods for producing the candies. Its 170 workers still operate tried-and-true machinery dating back to the early years., keeping their operation among artisanal offerings.

It's the perfect time of year to look to the Atkinson Candy Company for goodies for candy bowls and trick or treaters. Visit the factory at 1608 West Frank Avenue in Lufkin or check out their website for online purchases or more information at www.atkinsoncandy.com.


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