DUBUQUE, Iowa - Next month Hollywood's biggest stars will gather for the Academy Awards. While the winners take home the coveted Oscar statue, losers take home gift bags. The bags will include vacations, expensive footwear, spa packages, and, this year, Betty Jane Homemade Candies. That candy is made in Dubuque.
Betty Jane Homemade Candies Owner Drew Siegert said, "It's funny to think about Tom Hanks or Leonardo DeCaprio. I'm picturing them in their hotel room, crying about not winning the Oscar and munching on some chocolate to console themselves. "
Siegert packed up a few dozen samples of the store's most popular treats. It's all for the nominees in some of the big categories: best actor, best actress, best director.
Siegert says he expects those celebrities will share their sweet gift. Or maybe not.
Siegert said, "You know what nobody shares our stuff when they buy it. When Grandma takes it home, it gets hidden in the cubboard or the secret drawer that nobody knows about. "
Betty Jane Customer Lynn King said, "All I know is my family loves it. We have to have it for Christmas and Easter. "
Whether it's Tom Hanks, or the Lynn King's family, Siegert says he's just happy when customers like his candy.
"They kind of just keep coming and we appreciate them all," said Siegert.