Welcome to Piper's Grocery and Homemade Candies!
From the very start in 1905, Piper’s has been known for its high-quality products and excellent customer service. And since 1947, it has come to be known far and wide for its delicious handmade candies!
Piper’s turtles have long been a favorite. Made with Georgia pecans, Piper’s handmade caramel and topped with a swirl of chocolate, they are at the top of many people’s list of Piper’s favorites. The toffee – a buttery, crunchy confection – follows closely behind, along with the Piper’s caramel roll. Nut clusters of various kinds – from peanuts to almonds to cashews – are long-standing “go-to” candies for many. And Piper’s homemade mints have made an appearance at many a wedding, family gathering, or just as a special little treat.
While sticking to the tried and true “Piper’s Candy” recipes, Piper’s has more recently added a little spin on some of the favorites. There is the “double-dipped” toffee (just as rich and chocolaty as it sounds!); new flavors of fudges (Oreo, dark chocolate, and others); and dipped caramel with sea salt, to name a few. Turtles are shaped into footballs in the fall, and into big hearts any time of the year. And even the ever popular chocolate Easter eggs filled with Piper’s candies have taken on a new look in the fall -- as “chocolate footballs”! There is too, in what has very quickly become a top favorite, the chocolate dipped mint! For this, the mint flavoring has been strengthened a bit and the mint then dunked in a highest quality dark chocolate – there are reports that these new favorites might be a bit addictive! :-)
In addition to fresh made donuts, the deli offers a full line of deli meats and cheeses where you can get your favorite sandwich made just the way you like it, pick up a salad or a cup of soup, get a meat and cheese tray to order, or take home some cold cuts! And along with those delicious Piper’s handmade candies, you’ll find a number of old-time favorites such as bulk hard candies, Cherry Mash, Slo Pokes, and wax bottles along with newer favorites such as Sour Patch Kids and Jelly Bellies. And who said there’s no such thing as penny candies any more? Tootsie Rolls and Frooties are just 1 cent each! You’ll also find a number of interesting foods – a full line of Amish Wedding jarred goods; Wee Bee local raw honey (Columbia, Iowa); Ah Jeez dip and bread mixes (made in Knoxville); Equal Exchange coffees, a wide variety of Republic of Tea to choose from; a large selection of sprinkles and sugars and cookie cutters for cupcake and cookie decorating; Watkins and Xtra Touch products, Voortman cookies in the bulk, Neva’s Noodles (next best thing to homemade, made right here in Chariton!), as well as Pella bologna, canned meats and Dutch letters. White Rock Natural Farms (Lacona, Iowa) provides locally raised and processed goat meat, while other Iowa made foods include Iowa Smokehouse jerky. In addition, there is a large selection of baskets to choose from, Hearts & Tummies cookbooks (from Wever, Iowa), Iowa made pottery (Iron and Lace Pottery of Bentonsport, and Whitebreast Pottery of Lacona), as well as cards and fabric art by local artist Meg Prange. Leanin’ Tree cards include boxed sets and amongst their gift items are Iowa and Iowa State puzzles and games. Gift baskets wrapped in cellophane and filled with all kinds of goodies are always a big hit at Christmas time and can be tailored to your taste. There are even several primitive antiques and collectibles. Whew! A lot of interesting things to look at….
Fell in love with everything here to the store to the employees will go back again and again.
I love everything about Piper's. Candy, Deli, and friendly service with a smile.
Piper’s is a long-standing tradition of delicious candies for our family! Love the hand-dipped caramels and Toffee!