updated 07/26/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/11/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
When you hear about someone making money from methamphetamines, that’s usually a bad thing. But not in the case of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city, which is the home of the hit show Breaking Bad, has a collection of local businesses that are cashing in on the show’s methamphetamine theme with everything from candy to donuts.
The Emmy award-winning drama – about a struggling high school chemistry teacher (Walter White played by Bryan Cranston) who turns to cooking meth after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer – begins its last season on Aug. 11, but if you can’t wait that long, here’s some ways to satisfy your cravings.
Sink Your Teeth Into It
The Rebel Donut shop gets orders for their Breaking Bad Blue Sky donuts from all over the country. Topped with “blue meth” sugar crystals, the Blue Sky is the first to sell out on weekends, beating out Rebel’s maple bacon donuts, red chile chocolate donuts, 14-inch donuts, the Barney Rebel (that’s crusted with Fruity Pebbles cereal) and 100 other varieties.
“Breaking Bad fans are rabid,” says assistant manager Dylan Mettling. “They drive cross country just to buy them.” And even Emmy-winning (and nominated again this year) star Aaron Paul, who plays addict and Cranston partner Jesse Pinkman, approves!
Immerse Yourself In It
Inspired by the success of their Bathing Bad bath products – they’ve sold 1,000 pounds of salts in 19 countries and all 50 states – West-Harrison recently introduced cooking classes, where spa clients wearing hard hats and goggles can “cook” their own blue meth bath salts (which get their color from red cabbage).
Bathing Bad is available in a gift set with lotion, scrub and a bar of soap in a white plastic Los Pollos Hermanos bucket.
Get a Candy Fix
“The blue meth is just rock candy with blue dye,” Ball says. “But it looks like the real thing. We’ve sold at least 25,000 bags since we started offering it last August, and we get orders from all over the world.”
Pick Up a Heisenberg Pez
“The crew of Breaking Bad are among my biggest fans,” says White. “Yesterday, I delivered a bunch of Jesse Pinkmans and now they tell me they’ve run out of Heisenbergs. I can’t make them fast enough!”
Take a Trolley Tour
“We are both super fans of the show so we definitely understand the obsession,” says Jesse Herron, who runs the tour with his partner, Mike Silva.”
There’s room for 34 fans on the trolley tour, which stops at the Crossroad Motel, Saul Goodman’s law office, Tuco’s hideout and Los Pollos Hermanos which, in its civilian life is known as Twister’s Grill.