The Chocolate Factory Tour In Iowa That’s Everything You’ve Dreamed Of And More
Iowa is famous for one specific and timeless type of candy. It hasn’t changed much in nearly 100 years, and you can visit the place where it’s still made one batch at a time.
This is the oldest company of its size under continued family ownership in the United States. Palmer's Candies is proud of its history, and loves to welcome visitors so they can share their story.
It's one of the country's oldest and most respected chocolate factories and this candy company has a delicious story to tell. They've been 'Making Life Sweeter Since 1878!"
Palmer's Candies is open 9am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday.
The Old Time Candy Shoppe is the perfect place to tour for an up close and personal view of this super-sweet company. Old pictures, packaging, company artifacts, machinery, and advertising offers a solid dose of history.
Their most famous and iconic candy, the Twin Bing, is also their most popular and long-standing product.
Palmer's Candies started making the Twin Bing in 1923. It's still produced right here, on site, and by hand. A hash of chocolate and roasted peanuts covers cherry nougat for a unique and pleasing flavor.
Palmer Candies is located at 405 Wesley Parkway,
They moved to this location in 2007 to offer their community a place to purchase their delicious products, learn about their history, and experience the nostalgia of their Old Time Candy Shoppe.
All of the Palmer's Candies products are manufactured right here, on site.
The company continues to grow, and is now thriving under the watchful eye of the great-great grandson of the original founder, E.C. Palmer.
They still make the famous Palmer's Candies one batch at a time.
Careful and time-honored production techniques insure a high quality product.
Jon Sadler is the Candy Shoppe manager at Palmer's Candies.
He's been overseeing operations there for 18 years and is a long-time member of the Sioux City community. He's an expert on the history of the company, and he and the friendly Candy Shoppe staff love to assist visitors as they tour the Shoppe and learn about the company.
Of course, one of the best parts about visiting this amazing Iowa chocolate factory is the chance to take home as many sweet treats as you can carry.
Sea Salt Caramel Hearts are a favorite. Palmer's makes the caramel on site from scratch and then carefully covers it in high quality dark chocolate. A sprinkling of flaky sea salt brings it to perfection.
Their peppermint bark is divine.
This two-layered bark has a chocolate bottom and creamy white top. Peppermint flakes make it beautiful and delicious.
Proving that there's something for everyone at this chocolate factory; even for people who don't like sweet treats, Palmer's Candies offers the Hot & Sassy Trail Mix.
Corn nuts, chili crackers, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and sesame sticks covered in a secret blend of sassy spices offer balance inside this palace of sweetness.
What’s your favorite Iowa-made treat?
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