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Fiesta calls for conchas. Here’s how to wear the festive treat

March 21, 2019

Nothing screams Fiesta like the shell-shaped Mexican sweet breads known as conchas. And Uriel Diaz just can’t keep such colorful treats to himself. Especially those pink ones that come in plush and vinyl.

At Karolina’s Antiques in San Antonio, Diaz carries concha pillows and coin purses, concha earrings and pins and concha air fresheners and fuzzy dice for the rearview mirror. Diaz’s artist brother Anthony also makes and markets glittery concha paintings at the family-run store.

And Karolina’s has a new Fiesta medal called Queen of Conchas, a pin-on monarch with two spinning conchas as the cups on her bra. And you thought conchas only brightened up bakeries and abuelas’ kitchens.

“We always sell out of it,” said Diaz, Karolina’s co-owner. “Anything with the pink concha on it is No. 1.”

The pan dulce-decorated novelty items come in just about everything from fingernail decals and smartphone grips to backpacks and beach towels.

Click through the slideshow for a taste of how you can wear your concha love on your sleeve — literally.

René A. Guzman is a features reporter in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | rguzman@express-news.net | Twitter: @reneguz