Mike’s Picks: Week Ten

In the mood for something sweet? How about creamy caramels? Monastery Candy in Dubuque handcraft caramels that are unmatched with the perfect balance of chewy and smooth textures. Don’t just take our word for it. The Washington Post said, “Rarely do we find candy of this caliber” and Reader’s Digest featured them as one of “America’s 100 Best” in 2007.

Trappistine Creamy Caramels

They are called Monastery Candy because they are made by a monastic community of Trappistine nuns at Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey. The sale of caramels and other candy is the women’s main means of support.

Our Lady of the Mississippi AbbeyThe sisters annually produce 70 tons of caramels each year. They offer four varieties: vanilla, chocolate or vanilla caramels coated in milk or dark chocolate. They also produce Irish mints made from white chocolate and high-quality mint flavoring. All of the caramels and mints are made with fresh ingredients and no preservatives.

Monastery Candy


Monastery Candy is a featured destination/ Iowa-made treat in the Iowa Lottery’s newest game with Mike Wolfe, original American Picker. In the second chance drawing, the Iowa Lottery will be giving away various prizes including items from Mike’s favorite Iowa picks. Mike’s picks are being revealed weekly until the drawing at the end of June. Come back to our blog each Friday to learn about his favorite Iowa locations! Learn more about the Mike’s Picks game here.

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