There’s no doubt that Halloween is the time when sweet treats reign supreme, but there is one Dubuque specialty that has all the locals scrambling to snag one before fall comes to an end.
“Apple season is a huge hit,” commented Drew Siegert, President of Betty Jane Candies. Betty Jane’s infamous caramel apples are the talk of the town, and for good reason: Betty Jane does everything by hand! Siegert explained the caramel making process: they begin by pouring the caramel ingredients into a large copper kettle and then stir them with a wooden oar. Next, they transfer the kettle from the stove to the mixer, and the caramel spins until complete. The mixer is the only machinery involved, is 95 years old, and they have never had to replace a single part, “It’s an amazingly built machine,” said Siegert.
An amazingly built machine produces some pretty amazing caramel apples! “The caramel is our signature thing. It’s a good season for us; and one that the locals get very, very excited about.” The local support is apparent as Betty Jane is as busy as ever and sales are up! Last year, Betty Jane sold over 55,000 caramel apples and, having gotten a jump on apple season, expect to sell even more this year. It’s a favorite tri-state treat, that has customers leaving with a smile on their face.
Betty Jane completed this year’s caramel apple season on October 31, but they will be available once again September of next year.