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#A to Z Challenge 04-17-21 Pecan Pie Vending Machine

P=Pecan Pie Vending Machine

Ms. Pearl-photo credit Atlas Obscura

Imagine a world where you get a hankering for a delicious homemade pecan pie, so you walk up to a vending machine, put your money in and voile! Out pops a full size homemade pecan pie. Wth??? Are you in the twilight zone? No!

You’re in Cedar Creek, Texas…or you should be if you’ve got that serious of a sweet tooth that only pecan pie will satisfy. Their 24/7 Pecan Pie Vending Machine is restocked daily so the patrons of the Berdoll Pecan Farm can get their pie and eat it too. It’s actually out front of the Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Company shop. The demand for their pies was so huge, they decided a vending machine was the best way to keep their customers happy.

Pecan pie Vending Machine

First of all, what you will see before you find the vending machine is a giant squirrel statue holding a pecan that’s bigger than your head. They call her Ms Pearl, and she is out front of the shop. She stands 14ft tall and waits for a photo op with you as you visit and buy your pie and/or other pecan goodies.

The pecan pie machine is one of a kind in the entire US and Ms Pearl is there to beckon sight-seers to come check her out. Wouldn’t that be something for a stranger visiting from say, Delaware, to see that not only fabulous photo op, but discover a 24/7 pecan pie vending machine??? They’d think they just won the jackpot!

If you head there from Austin on hwy. 71, the place will be a left turn off the hwy., there’s a “loop” so if you miss the first left turn lane, you’ll soon see another. Quick tip: If you visit the gift shop during business hours, the pies are $3 less than in the vending machine.

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