Jim’s Apple Farm was a popular stop for Iowegians and Minnesotans and others traveling to or from the Twin Cities on Hwy 169. The apples were great and the pies were even better! The years rolled by and one day we walked in and what a surprise we got. In addition to the apples there was candy. Candy of the kind I had not seen since I was a child: Mallo Cups – my personal favorite, bubble gum cigars, wax mini soda bottles filled with kool-aid, colored candy discs, candy cigarettes and the list could go on forever. If memory serves me correctly the original building was a white airplane hangar type building. Unfortunately it was one of those rather nondescript structures you passed so frequently that you kind of took it for granted and didn’t REALLY see it. I also think it’s been added onto two or three times since those years.
Today it stands like a bright yellow beacon to travelers that screams “C’mon in and see us.” One would never consider a visit to a candy store a “trip”, would they? Oh YES.. if it’s Jim’s Apple Farm which is the LARGEST candy store in Minnesota, and lays claim to being the World’s LARGEST selection of soda pop not to mention about 4,000 jigsaw puzzles. Allow plenty of time – at least an hour and a half to browse through the hundreds of types of candy. That takes some time because you have reminisce about the last time you treated yourself to one of those old-time tasty candies.
Last week I was approaching Jim’s Apple Farm with my oldest granddaughter who somehow escaped ever having visited “Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store”. So in we went.
Time to leave, but not without first getting that apple pie!