In the midst of ‘Chain America’ exists local businesses that are amazing at what they do. Today I’m shining a spotlight on Betty Jane Candies born and bred right here in Dubuque, Iowa! Betty Jane Candies was first established back in 1938. They have 3 store locations in Iowa, 2 in Dubuque and one in Marion, with the Asbury Road (Dubuque) store doubling up as a mini Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory where all of their yummy treats are made!
I visited when their whole store was decked out for Easter! Bunnies and foil wrapped chocolate eggs everywhere! By far their most impressive creation are the Easter Eggs that come in SEVEN different sizes. The smallest being 11oz ($19.99) right up to 73.6oz ($119.99). They are all handcraft and decorated and presented in a little gift box!
The front of the egg is decorated with a foil wrapped bunny and chocolate egg (which reminded me of Icelandic Easter Eggs!) and a big fancy bow holds the 2 halves of the egg together!
The inside is STUFFED full of their signature and most popular creation…the Gremlin! Gremlins are pecans, topped with caramel and covered with chocolate and are highly addictive! My 11oz egg had 9 Gremlins and 2 foil wrapped eggs inside!
As well as chocolate, they also sell: gummy candies, nuts, popcorn, liquorice, sugared almonds, taffy and rock candy.
Betty Jane Candies & The Media
Betty Jane Candies have been named the Top Culinary Gift in Iowa by People Magazine
Wanna be eating the same as the A listers? How’s this for an impressive back catalog for a local Iowan business:
- They were featured in the Academy Awards Gift Bag in 2014.
- The new snack line was featured in the 2017 Grammy Awards Gift Bag this past February.
- The snack line is also to be featured backstage in the dressing rooms of the talent on the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars!
Betty Jane Candies can be bought from any 3 of the Iowa locations or online at www.bettyjanecandies.com. They ship to all over America and even worldwide! (When I was living in the UK, my In-Laws shipped over a box as a Christmas present!)