MIDLAND-ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – From big bundt cakes to bedazzled chocolate eggs, you can almost taste Easter from here.
And let’s not forget, the main course: honey-glazed ham.
“We’re always ready to eat meat,” said Dwayne Potter, owner of Larry’s Specialty Meats in Odessa. “We’ll do 100 to 200 cold hams a day, probably.”
While ham is the popular choice almost every Easter, Dwayne says he’s serving up all kinds of meat.
“A lot of prime rib roasts, tenderloin steaks,” Potter said. “Pretty weather like it’s going to be, looks like we’re going to do a lot of steaks.”
From savory to sweet, Easter wouldn’t be complete without some chocolate.
“Peppermint chocolate popcorn, and that’s delicious for people to eat in their cars on their way to see their families,” said Debra Holt of Nothing Bundt Cakes in Odessa.
Debra opened up shop one year ago when the pandemic started.
“We’re glad that’s behind us and we are ready to celebrate Easter with all the families in Midland/Odessa,” Holt said.
Easter is pulling in a lot of customers this year.
“They’re buying all flavors of cake, and carrot seems to be the number one seller in Odessa this week,” Holt said.
But it’s more than just the food that makes this holiday so special.
“You remember the smells, the taste, and the laughter that is associated with the good times with your family,” Holt said.
Susie Hitchcock-Hall has the same sentiment.
“Spending time at the dinner table, and eating chocolate, and enjoying each other again,” said Hitchcock-Hall.
At Susie’s South Forty Confections, the store’s namesake, Susie, is going all out.
From Easter baskets and caramel apples, to eggs.
“Kids love Easter. It’s just their time to hunt for Easter eggs,” Hitchcock-Hall said. “To go through all those thrills and those surprises and see what they get in their eggs… And make sure somebody else doesn’t get their eggs, thats a big deal!”
Except these eggs are born off the production line, ones that Susie says delight any kid, whether age 9 or 90.
“They’re building memories is what they’re doing,” Hitchcock-Hall said. “I mean, that’s just priceless.”