Pella is aobut 45 minutes southeast of Des Moines. It is a cute town with a strong Dutch heritage as you can see from this monument to flowers in the town square. It is also the home of Pella windows.
The Dutch are the carb kings---chocolate, baked goods, pancakes, they do it all. I sampled the wares of a local bakery and chocolate shop while I was in town. The bakery bills itself as "the other bakery on the square" having been there for only 120 years; the chocolate shop is new.
This is a Dutch letter, something that I hadn't noticed before but is common in Iowa. It has a flaky pastry and is filled with almond paste. This one had a nice, strong almond flavor and was very enjoyable.
I waited until evening to try these dark chocolate caramels. They were sweet and creamy and nicely chocolate.