Talk of Iowa
3:58 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Monastery Candy

Iowa is home to many talented chocolatiers and a number of them live in a place that might surprise you. Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey is a cloistered monastic community of Trappistine nuns near Dubuque. 

After the cooled caramel is cut into strips, the sisters fed the strips into a wrapping machine.
Credit Monastery Candy

In order to support their community, the sisters handcraft sweets including caramels, mints, truffles and chocolate-covered hazelnut meltaways. Sister Kathleen O’Neill, the production manager for Monastery Candy, discusses the history and traditions of these delicious treats with host Charity Nebbe. 

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