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Friday, February 26, 2016

Death Valley Nut and Candy Co., Eddie World, Beatty, Nevada

A nutcracker statue holds vigil over two huge rows of candy and nuts at the Death Valley Nut and Candy Co., part of Eddie World, a mega-stop in Beatty, Nevada

Just how many kinds of candies and nuts are sold at Death Valley Nut and Candy Co., inside Eddie World, the mega-roadstop in Beatty, Nev.? That’s the question I asked the clerk (Melanie?) as I was checking out with my goods.

She looked at me with this “OMFG! You have got to be kidding me!?” kind of stare. Then she slowly answered, “I don’t really know. I can tell you this: When I do inventory every week, it’s a seven-page printout. Small type.”

But I needed a more scientific answer, so I did a proper sampling of the bins (counting, not tasting) , then extrapolated by the number of rows. My answer? 376.

“We have regular, salt-free, sugar-free, everything,” said the clerk. I can well believe it.

All goodies are sold in the same size bag, maybe a quart. (No buying a mouthful from the bulk bin.) And in those bags they have chocolate- and yogurt-covered confections, hard candies, gummies, nuts, dried fruit, and just about everything else you’d want in a snack. And that doesn’t even include your standard gas station candy and drink selection.

But wait! There’s more! Death Valley Nut and Candy Co. is just one part of Eddie World! In the same convenience store building, they have an ice cream counter, Jed’s Fresh Jerky (free samples!), and a Subway. They also sell toys and all your touristy books, postcards, and keepsakes. Sheetz, eat your heart out!

Across from the convenience store and gas pumps, Eddie World includes the Stagecoach Hotel and Casino, which also has a Denny’s inside. On the other side of the convenience store is a Motel 6. It’s just about everything you need from a small-town Nevada reststop – except a brothel.