Looking back at Levi’s Crazy Days 2023

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It was a SPECTACULAR, EXTRAORDINARY, INCREDIBLE, and some might say CRAZY fun time for all!

Looking back at this year's annual Levi’s Crazy Days event held on April 28-29. We knew it would be all sorts of crazy fun!

Both our Hannibal, Missouri, and Bloomfield, Iowa stores enjoyed a wonderful weekend full of free entertainment for the whole family!

NEW This Year - Novelty Games!

You guys blew us away with your enthusiasm and creativity regarding our new novelty games! Our old-fashioned novelty contests were a blast! Customers of all ages participated in our hula hooping contest, an ice cream cone challenge, and a bubble gum blowing contest.

We gave prizes for first place and runners-up! Everyone who participated received a participation ribbon, too! We had a ton of laughs along the way.

Here are some photos of our winners and participants. I think it's safe to say we'll be bringing these back again next year!

Live Entertainment

Both locations featured free entertainment on both Friday and Saturday. We had magicians, stilt walkers, balloon twisters, musicians, and much more!

Bluegrass musicians Joe and Lori King joined us again this year, providing live music in Hannibal on Friday evening and in Bloomfield on Saturday.

On Saturday, we also had Joe the Guitar Guy in our Hannibal location, where he sang and played guitar & harmonica, and we had musician Jordan Izakson singing his country music favorites for our visitors at the Bloomfield location.

The best part of the whole weekend was all the smiling faces enjoying the music and entertainers!

Our caricature artist captured our guests on paper within just a few minutes. The cartoon-style artwork makes for a lovely memento from the day! We loved seeing all of the drawings from both stores and hopefully, all of you did, too!

Incredible Deals & Incredible Fun!

We wanted to go CRAZY big this year, for Levi’s Crazy Days, and for the first time everyone had a chance to take 25% off every single item in our store, including gift cards! This was available online, too! To keep our big savings and prizes going we offered a sign-up for an awesome giveaway that included puzzles, games, decor, Dutch Country General Store skincare, coffee, Piper’s candies, treats, and a gift card.

Looking to next year!

With so many fun activities going on, it was a truly unbelievable and exciting experience. The weather was great (with the exception of a little bit of light rain, late Saturday). We can’t wait to see what will be in store for Levi’s Crazy Days next year and we hope to see ya there!

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Levi’s Crazy Days 2023

Levi’s Crazy Days 2023

You will definitely want to join us for all the crazy fun we have planned for Levi’s Crazy Days 2023, Friday and Saturday, April 28-29th at Dutch Country General Store in both Bloomfield, Iowa and Hannibal, Missouri.

We have plenty of free entertainment planned for the whole family to enjoy!

There are so many fun activities planned. You won’t believe your eyes! This year’s Crazy Days event just might be the best yet! Both stores will have live music, strolling magicians, performers (including stilt walking!), caricature artists, games, contests, prizes, and crazy low prices!

Yep - all of this excitement is completely free! If you have joined us at our previous Crazy Days events, you’ll know that you’re in for a treat!

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Friday, April 28th:

All Day: 25% OFF EVERYTHING in-store (even poly furniture)!

3 - 6 pm: Laura Ernst, Strolling Balloon Twister, Juggler, Stilt Walker, & Hula Hoop Extraordinaire!

Saturday, April 29th:

All Day: 25% OFF EVERYTHING in-store!

10 am - Noon: Novelty Contests (all ages welcome)

10 am - 1 pm: William the Conjurer (Magician)

10 am - 4 pm: Caricature Artist Drawings

11 am - 2 pm: Bluegrass Musicians Joe & Lori King

1 - 4 pm Magician Ben Ulin

1 - 5 pm: Peter Brunette, Strolling Balloon Twister, Juggler, & Stilt Walker

2 - 5 pm: Country Musician Jordan Isakson

Levi’s Crazy Days 2023 - Hannibal Schedule
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Friday, April 28th:

All Day: 25% OFF EVERYTHING in-store!

3 - 6 pm: Bluegrass Musicians Joe & Lori King

3 - 6 pm: Strolling Magician and Balloon Twisting

Saturday, April 29th:

All Day: 25% OFF EVERYTHING in-store!

10 am - Noon: Novelty Contests (all ages welcome)

10 am - 4 pm: Caricature Artist Drawings

12 - 2 pm: Laura Ernst, Strolling Balloon Twister, Juggler, and Stilt Walker Extraordinaire!

1 - 4 pm: Strolling Magician and Balloon Twisting

1 - 4 pm: Joe Fry the Guitar Guy

Levi’s Crazy Days 2023 - Hannibal Schedule

New This Year

Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Ice Cream Cone Challenge, Hula Hoop Timed Challenge!

10 am - Noon, both locations. Test your skills - all ages welcome!

Schedule (times are approximate):

10:00 am - Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
10:45 am - Ice Cream Cone Challenge
11:30 am - Hula Hoop Timed Challenge

Incredible Deals

Maybe we’re feeling just a little bit crazy, but we’re offering 25% off the ENTIRE STORE! That’s right: everything. For all you Bloomfield attendees, even our in-stock Amish Made Poly furniture can go home with you for 25% off!

Don’t forget about our FREE ice cream, popcorn, and coffee, too! It sure is going to be Crazy Fun!

Follow our Bloomfield and Hannibal events on Facebook for updates on our deals and happenings for Levi’s Crazy Days 2023!

We hope to see ya there!

Dutch Country General Store Sets Opening Date in Historic Downtown Winterset, Iowa

UPDATE – 4/17/23

Great things are happening here at Dutch Country General Store and we are so excited about what is to come! However, we have encountered more equipment & fixture delays than we had expected. For this reason, we feel it is best to delay our Grand Opening at this time. It is important that when we open our doors for the first time here in Winterset that our customers have the best and most authentic Dutch Country General Store experience possible. We are still determining our official opening date. Please stay tuned for more information!

Thank you for supporting our store and we can’t wait to meet you all soon!


The much-anticipated third location of Dutch Country General Store™ is nearly here. Diana Upton-Hill, a spokesperson for the store states, “We could not be more thrilled to be joining the other businesses gracing Winterset’s historic district. The welcome we have received thus far in our planning and store preparations has been unbelievably warm. What a fantastic community.” 

For those who have driven by the recently closed Ben Franklin store over the past few months, there have been some minor changes already made to the exterior (more coming soon). But most of the updates have been taking place indoors, where the team has been hard at work - led by the store's founder, Levi Good, and several local tradesmen - preparing the space for Dutch Country’s beloved offerings. Good shared, "I have always enjoyed the hands-on part of running a store, so assisting with the build-out is really fulfilling. This time in Winterset has allowed me and my family to really immerse ourselves in the community as well. We feel really blessed to be here."

So what exactly can visitors expect to find once the store opens its doors in late April? The Grand Opening weekend of Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 will be particularly fun-filled! In addition to being greeted by a colorful array of old-fashioned and retro toys, inspiring home decor, high-quality bulk foods, delicious fresh baked goods, Winterset and Madison County souvenirs, mouth-watering candy (including 4,000 lbs of saltwater taffy in each location), heirloom quilts, candles, jar goods, and more, the store will be holding the annual Levi’s Crazy Days celebration, featuring live music, strolling balloon artists and magicians, a caricature artist, and a CRAZY sale of 25% off EVERYTHING in-store! 

Other note-worthy offerings include a Piper’s Candy Counter, featuring chocolates from the Chariton, Iowa-based chocolatier as well as a full-service deli, where guests can select from a list of signature sandwiches, custom-order the sandwich of their dreams, or choose from dozens of top-quality, fresh-sliced meats and cheeses to enjoy at home for several meals to come.

Often referred to as a store that has “something for everyone”, Dutch Country General Store™ currently sees thousands of customers each day at its locations in Bloomfield, Iowa, and Hannibal, Missouri, as well as through its online store. Popular with locals and tourists alike, shoppers delight at the unique, nostalgic, and often handmade product lines. Having launched a successful mail-order catalog business in 2020, which complements the in-store shopping experience, customers from across the country enjoy what Dutch Country General Store™ has to offer.

Artist rendering of the proposed storefront at 72 E. Court Avenue in Winterset, IA

Dutch Country General Store™ provides patrons with fine, authentic goods and services, coupled with an inspired nostalgic experience, reminiscent of simpler days gone by. Media contact for Dutch Country Living™: Diana Upton-Hill, Hill Productions & Media Group, Inc., [email protected] ; 641.664.1216

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Contact: Diana Upton-Hill, Media Contact, Hill Productions & Media Group, Inc.
Tel. 641.664.1216
Email: [email protected]

Dutch Country General Store Expands to Winterset, Iowa


Dutch Country General Store™ has announced plans to open a third brick-and-mortar retail location in Winterset, Iowa in the spring of 2023, renovating the recently closed Ben Franklin store.

Founder Levi Good says, “Madison County, and particularly Winterset, have been on our short list of possible locations for some time, and when the opportunity came for us to acquire the former Ben Franklin location on the town square after Dave & Judy Trask’s retirement, it was too good to pass up.”

Dutch Country Founder, Levi Good, with Dave and Judy Trask, former Ben Franklin owners

Finding A Home In the Historic Ben Franklin Building

Dutch Country leadership first visited Madison County on a site selection visit a year ago.

“Madison County had many things that we were looking for, namely that small town feel but poised for growth in housing and tourism. We were very impressed with the community leadership and their love for their area,” notes Mary Wells, who was part of Dutch Country’s selection committee.

At that time, however, no location was readily available for the retail concept, which prefers historic locations in the heart of the communities they serve. Fast forward to late spring 2022 when Dave & Judy Trask, long-time local business owners first discussed their retirement plans from Ben Franklin.

“We met with the Trasks and right away knew this was the place for one of our stores. Not only were Dave and Judy wonderful to work with, the Ben Franklin location is a perfect fit for us. In what is historically referred to as a triple storefront, and right on the corner of John Wayne Drive and Court Avenue, we have room for all of our retail offerings, Dutch Country fresh baked goods, as well as our full-service deli, which is always a hit!”, explains Good.

The Store With Something For Everyone

Often referred to as a store that has “something for everyone”, Dutch Country General Store™ currently sees thousands of customers each day at its locations in Bloomfield, Iowa, and Hannibal, Missouri, as well as through its online store. Popular with locals and tourists alike, shoppers delight at the unique, nostalgic, and often handmade product lines which include a large selection of old-fashioned and retro toys, home decor, bulk foods, fresh baked goods, souvenirs, candy (including 4,000 lbs of saltwater taffy in each location), heirloom quilts, candles, jar goods, and more. Having launched a successful mail-order catalog business in 2020, which complements the in-store shopping experience, customers from across the country enjoy what Dutch Country General Store™ has to offer.

Excited for Growth

Dutch Country Living™, the parent company to a variety of companies including Dutch Country General Store™, Amish Made Poly™, and marketing firm, Hill Productions & Media Group, has grown significantly over the last 11 years when Good purchased the company from his then-employer. Inc. Magazine has recognized Good’s achievements by naming him among their annual Inc. 5000 list an unprecedented three times, most recently in 2022, recognizing the company with a growth ranking of #67 in retail nationwide.

More information regarding a grand opening date for the Winterset location of Dutch Country General Store™ will be forthcoming.

Dutch Country General Store™ provides patrons with fine, authentic goods and services, coupled with an inspired nostalgic experience, reminiscent of simpler days gone by.

Hannibal Candy Bins
Interior of Dutch Country General Store™ in the historic downtown of Hannibal, Missouri

Preserving the Season


Here at Dutch Country General Store, we are all about preserving the season. We’d like to share some of our team's favorite canning and freezer recipes to help you preserve your seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. There’s nothing better than enjoying the fruits of your labor (literally), all year long.

These family recipes have been lovingly gathered from the boxes and books treasured for generations by our team members. They have been utilized time and time again - that's how great they are!  We hope you love them just as much and are inspired to start preserving the season today!

Homemade Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce

Can also be used for lasagna and casseroles, with meat or meatless.

Canning & Freezer
  • 4-6 lbs. ground beef (optional)
  • 8 c. tomato juice OR 9 c. cooked or canned tomatoes with juice
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 2 c. onions
  • 4  6 oz. cans of tomato paste
  • ¼ c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. each of garlic, basil, oregano, and parsley
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Brown beef and drain off fat. Add onions and green peppers. Mix the remaining ingredients together and stir into the juice. Pour juice mixture into the beef mixture and stir. Bring just to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. TASTE!!! And adjust ingredients if needed. Simmer until it reaches desired thickness. Serve with choice of pasta! OR Can with pressure cooker.

Canning: Pour hot mixture into hot jars, leaving one-inch headspace. Tighten rings/caps on jars and process in pressure cooker. Process pints for 1 hr. and quarts for 1 hr. 15 min. at 10 lbs. pressure.

Kosher Dill Pickles

  • ½ lb - 4-inch pickling cucumbers
  • 4 heads fresh dill or 2 tbsp. dill seed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Small piece of dried hot pepper
  • 2 ¼ c. water
  • ¾  c. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. pickling salt

Pack cucumbers in hot, clean jars. Leave ½ inch head space. Add dill, garlic, and red pepper. Make brine and pour over contents in jars.

Tip: Try cutting your cucumbers in different ways. Slices are great for sandwiches, wedges are great as a side dish or snack, and whole pickles work great too!

Homemade Applesauce

Ann’s Applesauce

  • Honeycrisp Apples - as many as desired
  • Water
  • Sugar, if desired

Wash, don’t peel, quarter, and remove seeds from Honeycrisp Apples. Add to pan with a little water and cook on low heat until soft and mushy.  Put through strainer and add a little sugar, to taste. Put applesauce in freezer-safe containers and put in freezer.

Tip: If you love cinnamon applesauce, try adding a dash of cinnamon - as much as you desire. But remember, a little goes a long way! A dash of brown sugar is a sweet addition also!

Note: For a brighter, more yellow applesauce, peel your apples before cooking. Leaving the skins on your apples while cooking will add a slight pink tint to your applesauce.

Grandma Pearl’s Vegetable Soup

  • 8 c. tomatoes, chopped, peeled & cored 
  • 4 c. potatoes, cubed & peeled 
  • 5 c. carrots, 3/4-inch sliced 
  • 4 c. lima beans, cooked 
  • 3 c. uncooked corn kernels
  • 2 c. green peas, cooked 
  • 2 c. onions, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp. minced garlic 
  • 6 c. chicken broth or stalk
  • 1 tsp. canning salt
  • 1-2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped 
  • 1-2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1-2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste concentrate
  • 2 tbsp. bottled or fresh lemon juice, for flavor only
  • 6 quart or 12 pints glass preserving jars with lids and bands

Prepare pressure canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.

Combine all vegetables in a very large stainless steel stock pot. Add broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Season with spices, salt, and pepper, and let simmer 5 mins more - taste for any spice adjustments.

Using a slotted large spoon, ladle hot vegetable solids into hot jars (to half full) with a non-slotted spoon, ladle liquid into each jar over solids, leaving 1-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center hot lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.

Process filled jars in a weighted Pressure Canner (vented for 10 mins) at 10 pounds pressure 60 minutes for pints and 85 minutes for quarts, adjusting for altitude and canner type. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed. Remove bands, wash jars, label and store in a cool/dry place. 

Vegetable Soup


  • 6 c. bell peppers
  • 4 c. banana peppers, opt.
  • 4 c. onions
  • 9 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 18 lbs tomatoes
  • 3 pkg. Mrs. Wages salsa seasoning

Blanche tomatoes 3 minutes in boiling water, then put them in cold water to easily remove skins. Put onions, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, and a few tomatoes in blender.  Dice other peppers and tomatoes. Add Mrs. Wages seasoning. Cold pack 25 minutes. Put jars in canner and add water until the top of the jars. Bring water to a boil, leave for 25 minutes.

Tip: For a sweeter salsa, try adding a dash of sugar, or a fruit ingredient, such as peaches! Simply fine-dice your peaches and add them to your salsa mix - no need to peel!

Green Beans

Canning & Freezer
  • Green beans - as many as desired
  • Salt - 1 tsp. per jar
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar

Cut up green beans. Put in jar with 1 tsp salt. Fill with water. Process 3 hours for water bath. (Start timing when water boils.) Pressure can 25 minutes for quart-sized jars, 20 minutes for pint-sized jars at 10lbs pressure. Start timing after control jiggles. Put 2 quarts water and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a 12-quart pressure cooker.  Keep control jiggling at least 3-4 times per minute. When you’ve processed it 25 minutes, take off heat and let set until pressure drops.

How to blanch for freezing: Prep green beans. Boil water in large pot. Place green beans in boiling water for 3 minutes. Start timing as soon as you put them in. Keep water level ¾ full for all batches. After 3 minutes, pour green beans into cold sink of water to cool. Put in freezer bags to freeze.

Canned Green Beans
Pickled Beets

Pickled Red Beets

  • 2 c. white vinegar
  • 3 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 tsp. pickling spice per quart

Use vinegar, sugar, salt, and water to make brine. Cook and peel beets and put into jars. Add pickling spice to each jar and cover with boiling hot brine. Bring to a boil to cold pack; turn off heat and let set 10 minutes.

Fruit Slush

  • 2 cans crushed pineapple
  • 1 lemonade concentrate, frozen
  • 1 can pineapple juice
  • 1 orange juice concentrate, frozen
  • At least 1 pack tropical punch kool-aid
  • Sugar, to taste
  • Grapes or blueberries, as desired
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 20-30 c. peaches

Mix all ingredients and freeze.

Peach Drink

Which recipe will you try? If you find one you love, we invite you to share your outcome on social media and tag us (Dutch Country General Store). We’d love to see what you create!

Petting Zoo

A Look Back At Levi’s Crazy Days 2022

A look back at Levi’s Crazy Days 2022! Both our Bloomfield and Hannibal locations enjoyed a weekend full of free family fun!

During our annual event, in the spirit of giving we offer FREE entertainment! This year was no different, we brought back our caricature artist drawings, and live music too! Fun was in the air - lots of smiling faces, incredible deals, a coloring contest, and there you have it, Levi's Crazy Days!

Dutch Country Bloomfield
Dutch Country Hannibal
Dutch Country Hannibal

Free Family Fun

During the event, we offered deals ranging from 25-75% off on books, toys, and our nostalgic tin signs. If you love Amish roll butter you were in luck because this year it was Buy 2 Get One FREE, along with select Jar Goods, there was something for everyone!

While our guests visited us, we encouraged them to sign up for an awesome giveaway ($150 value!) that included Grand Marceline Coffee, a fun tin sign, Mandle Candle, a Dutch Country General Store gift card, and so much more!

We had so much fun visiting with customers from near and far - one could enjoy a cone while sitting for their drawing as their ears delight in some live tunes bellowing through the store! If you have visited either of our store locations you know we always have free ice cream, coffee, and popcorn and of course, everyone made sure to enjoy our always-free ice cream - the best deal of all - one that never ends!

Petting Zoo (Bloomfield Location)

Petting Zoo

This year we brought back Miller's Petting Zoo from Illinois! They were so much fun at last year's event that we couldn't wait to have them again.

On Saturday night they were blessed with two baby goats. What a wonderful time to have customers come and see the adorable, brand-new kids. There were children gathering around to see new life, some for the very first time.

Miller's also brought us hens, chicks, rabbits, and more - what a treat!

Petting Zoo

Caricature Artist

Caricature Artist Hannibal

What a talent to be able to capture a likeness - and in 5-7 minutes at that! We loved seeing all of the fun drawings from both stores and we hope our customers did too!

Here we have two little ladies getting their caricature drawn, looks great!

Caricature Artist Bloomfield

Live Entertainment

Live Music

Joe & Lori King joined our lineup of crazy free fun, and they were a joy to have! We heard some Americana favorites as well as new songs from their latest album.

Customers gathered and even tapped a toe to the beat - how could you not? We enjoyed their enthusiasm and some laughs too.

Live Music 2

Coloring Contest

This year, we brought back the forever-favorite, coloring contest, but, with a fun twist! Kids ages 11 & under not only colored, but also hand-crafted *one-of-a-kind* pieces of art… sometimes with serious and other times SILLY outcomes. Our judges had their work cut out for them for sure! We have truly enjoyed seeing ALL the entries in our Crazy Days Coloring Contest.

Please enjoy these photos of the winning entries (shown in no particular order). Artists' names and ages are listed below.

  • 1st place winners receive a $50 shopping spree
  • 2nd place winners receive any toy of their choice (up to $25)
  • 3rd place winners receive a Mix & Match Bulk Candy Bag

Congratulations to the winners, and a HUGE thanks to all who entered. We are looking forward to our next contest!

Bloomfield Location

***Ages 5 & Under***

1st Place - Elora (age 2), Bloomfield, IA

2nd Place - Landyn (age 2), Macon, MO                 

3rd Place - Nina (age 4), Floris, IA

***Ages 6-8***

1st Place - Ernest (age 6), Bloomfield, IA

***Ages 9-11***

1st Place - Jayse (age 9), Macon, MO

2nd Place - Matthew (age 10), Bloomfield, IA

3rd Place - Kylie (age 11), Centerville, IA

Hannibal Location

***Ages 5 & Under***

1st Place - Mack (age 5), Hannibal, MO

2nd Place - Jordan (age 5), Hannibal, MO

3rd Place - Vivian (age 4), Hannibal, MO

***Ages 6-8***

1st Place - Hayden (age 8), Hannibal, MO

2nd Place - Titus (age 6), New London, MO

3rd Place - Jonathan(age 8), Hannibal, MO

***Ages 9-11***

1st Place - Violet (age 11), Hannibal, MO

2nd Place - Clara (age 11), Hannibal, MO

3rd Place - Katie (age 10), Hannibal, MO

***Honorable Mention***

Emery (age 11), Hannibal, MO

Annual Fun for All!

We had a great time taking a look back at Levi's Crazy Day's 2022. We hope you did too!

If you weren't able to visit us this year, that's okay! Levi's Crazy Day's happens every year - we can't wait to see what next year brings!

Levi’s Crazy Days 2022


Join us on April 29th & 30th in Bloomfield, IA & Hannibal, MO for incredible deals and crazy fun at Levi’s Crazy Day’s 2022!

Both stores are offering even more crazy fun this year including a Petting Zoo (Bloomfield location only), Live Bluegrass Musicians, Caricature Artist, and Coloring Contest.

If you joined us last year, you'll know that you're in for a great time!

Crazy Fun at BOTH Locations!

Bloomfield Happenings


All Day: Incredible Deals & Crazy Fun!
11 am – 5 pm: Millers Petting Zoo
3 pm – 6 pm: Live Bluegrass Musicians, Joe & Lori King


All Day: Incredible Deals & Crazy Fun!
10 am – 4 pm: Millers Petting Zoo
9 am – 5 pm: Caricature Artist

Hannibal Happenings


All Day: Incredible Deals & Crazy Fun!


All Day: Incredible Deals & Crazy Fun!
9 am – 5 pm: Caricature Artist
11 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 4 pm: Live Bluegrass Musicians Joe & Lori King

Levi Coloring Page 2022

Coloring Contest - In-store and Online!

A favorite for the little ones is our annual coloring contest. Create your own crazy costume from the pieces we have seen Levi don over the years. Then help him enjoy a treat from right here at Dutch Country General Store. You could win one of several great prizes!

We are accepting coloring contest entries from April 22nd to May 7th. Can’t make it to the event? That’s ok, send it in the mail!

Mailing information and contest guidelines are located on the coloring sheet.

In-Store Incredible Deals at BOTH Locations!

  • 75% off Select Toys & 25% off ALL Tin Signs
  • Pressure Cooker 35% off! $83.85 (reg. $129)
  • Striped Hammock (Multiple colors available) 25% off $14.99 (reg. $19.99)
  • Premium Frozen Beef Deal - Buy 3 Cuts, Get 1 FREE (equal or lesser value)
  • Deli Special - FREE chips and a soda with sandwich purchase!
  • Amish Roll Butter - Buy 2, Get 1 FREE
  • Select Jar Goods Buy 2, Get 1 FREE
  • Door Prizes! Grand Prize Gift Pack $150 Value!

Follow Us and Stay Up-To-Date!

Follow our Bloomfield & Hannibal Events on Facebook to stay up to date on all in-store deals & happenings for Levi's Crazy Days 2022!

Be sure to check our website for even more savings online, stay tuned!

Crafting with Caroline

Here at Dutch Country General Store, we love it when kiddos complete one of our Melissa & Doug craft projects and then share their experience with us. Follow along with us as Caroline and her mom take us on a “Crafting with Caroline” adventure while completing the Melissa & Doug Created By Me Sweet Keepsakes craft kit.


Visiting Dutch Country General Store

Dutch Country General Store is truly a family operation in our house because my husband, and Caroline’s dad, is on the floor working every day at the store. His co-workers and team members are awesome and know that I’m his wife and are always excited to see Caroline and me.

When we got to the store, Caroline headed straight for the ice cream machine, because that’s just what you do when you visit Dutch Country General Store - you help yourself to a free ice cream cone! It’s the Dutch Country way!

"...because that’s just what you do when you visit Dutch Country General Store - you help yourself to a free ice cream cone! It’s the Dutch Country way!"


Selecting A Craft

We checked out the toys downstairs, near the large buckets of candy, and we quickly headed upstairs. My daughter loves that the Bloomfield, Iowa location has two stories. We were on the hunt for a project that would allow Caroline to be creative and I knew Melissa & Doug would have something right up her alley.

Caroline considered a Scratch Art project and looked briefly at some sticker sets. In the end, she gave mom two options to help her choose - Melissa & Doug’s Created by Me! Cupcake Bank or Melissa & Doug Created by Me! Sweet Keepsakes.

She had talked about including Grandma in the craft session too and I knew Grandma would always be up for a little craft therapy with her only granddaughter. We chose the Sweet Keepsakes set since it had three crafts to decorate. That meant even mom could get in on the fun.

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A Dutch Country Adventure

On the way home, Caroline read the details on the Sweet Keepsakes box - she loves to read. She was so excited that every single word on that box was read out loud the whole ride home.

Everything You Need

The Created by Me! craft set came with quite a lot of pieces to be creative, and Caroline was excited to get started.

The set comes with 3 paintbrushes, a set of paints, cute foil stickers, and glitter glue sticks. All three figurines are really adorable. We let Caroline pick which project she wanted and she chose the ice cream cone. She told me I can have the cake bank and Grandma got the cupcake with the cherry on top. 

Getting Messy

This girl loves getting messy - especially anytime she gets to paint. She loves to experiment and mix colors. As you can see, she got messy, had a ton of fun, and Grandma even pulled out her paints for more color combinations. 

A Fun Escape

Caroline even pretended to ‘eat’ her little keepsake ice cream cone when she was finished. 

It was a great afternoon and it was nice to “escape” with a fun project. Even though only for a short time, it was nice to have my daughter away from her devices and doing something tangible. As a mom to two children, I have trusted Melissa & Doug products since my son was just a toddler. We still have pieces of the Melissa & Doug Cutting Food laying around and in a toy boxes. 

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We Love Dutch Country General Store

We love our time at Dutch Country General Store. How can you beat free ice cream and free popcorn while you shop? We love their unique products, yummy treats, and our kiddos love their large selection of toys. Caroline is looking forward to organizing her collection of hair ties, tiny dolls, and coins into her completed Decorate Your Own - Sweets Set crafts.

Something For Everyone!

If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and give them a visit. You’ll be glad you did! If you can’t come in person, you can shop online which offers a large majority of their in-store products. There’s something for everyone!

All Things Chocolate

Here at Dutch Country General Store, we love all things chocolate - milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate candy bars, chocolate cake, bulk chocolates, you name it! After all, chocolate is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants, which means it’s good for you, right?

Piper's Mural

Historic Chocolate Handmade with Love

Piper’s Candy is exclusive to Dutch Country General Store. The landmark business has been creating delicious chocolates for well over 100 years. 

The story of Piper’s amazing chocolates goes like this. After Joe L. retired, his youngest son Bob learned candy-making techniques from his brother John (who had a shop in downtown Iowa City) and from there developed his own recipes. These are the same recipes and candy-making techniques that are used in Piper’s candy kitchen to this day.

We offer Piper’s Chocolates by the piece in our stores and offer the Classic Assortment on our website. It’s filled with the most popular Piper’s handmade candies: turtles, toffee, caramel rolls, dark chocolate dipped mints, and nut clusters.

The Forever Favorite - Homemade Fudge

Fudge is a type of sugar candy that is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk, heating it and then beating the mixture while it cools until it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency. It will remind you of something between fondant icing and hard caramel. Chocolate, nuts, caramel, candies, and so much more can be added as well.

Our fudge will forever be a customer favorite. Enjoy a flavor with nuts, without nuts, but definitely make sure you try the Chocolate flavor! Made right here in our own hometown!

Dutch Country Kitchen’s Chocolate Symphony Cake

This amazing, three-layer, chocolate cake is to die for! As Erica Good puts it, “As a very conservative woman once said, “This cake is so good it’s almost sinful!”

This simple, yet delicious cake recipe is a must try. Visit www.dutchcountykitchen.com for a full list of ingredients, instructions, and a step-by-step video guide!

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Customer and Employee Chocolate Top Picks

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    Hammond’s Candy Bar Milk Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie

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Don’t forget we all the bulk chocolates you can imagine! Don’t forget to visit the chocolate section of our website for some chocolate clever peanuts, chocolate covered pecan patties, and so much more!

Hammond’s Candy Bar

Available in unique flavors like S’mores, Bourbon Pecan Pie, and PB&J Sandwich, our customers can’t wait to try all the unique combinations.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix

For all our gluten-free chocolate lovers, this gluten-free chocolate cake mix is the perfect solution! With a few simple ingredients from your pantry, you will be enjoying your cake in no time!

White Chocolate Ground Coffee

“A dessert in a cup”, this blend is a decadent flavor featured in a full-bodied coffee. It's coffee, but also a sweet treat!

Dark Chocolate Mini Pretzels

These crispy, salty pretzels are covered in rich dark chocolate making these bite-sized treats a sweet and salty delight. Prefer milk chocolate? We’ve got you covered with our milk chocolate version!

Hersheys Nostalgia Bar

Of course the vintage favorite would be a top pick - you can’t go wrong with a traditional milk chocolate candy bar. These candy bars are melt-in-your-mouth.

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Hannibal Chocolate Extravaganza Event

For all the chocolate lovers - we are excited to be participating in the upcoming Hannibal Chocolate Extravaganza event from March 11-13. The event will be full of fun and sweet specials from many downtown businesses surrounding our Hannibal, Missouri location. Purchase a passport and receive access to exclusive event-only specials!

If you're in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and see us during the event. We hope to see ya real soon!

Dutch Country General Store 2021

Reflecting on 2021 at Dutch Country General Store

While reflecting on 2021 at Dutch Country General Store, we realize that it's been a great year. Join us as we look back at some of our favorite memories and events!

Thank You

We've had our challenges, as most small businesses had in this economy. We want to thank you for supporting our small business. We take pride in employing a host of people who live and work in Iowa and Missouri.

Thank you for being understanding when we come up short on a product you are looking for. Our team is truly amazing and they have worked really hard all year long and we will continue to do so!

We look forward to what 2022 will bring and we can't wait to share the fun with all of our customers.

Making Memories

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The kids, and my lovely wife Erica, had so much fun participating in Hannibal's Living Windows this Christmas season! There were even some serious Chess games going on as the girls decorated the tree with popcorn and read stories. Straight from the Victorian era was our theme, and it was lovely to spend time with the family in beautiful historic downtown Hannibal!

Oh the Fun We've Had

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Petting Zoo

To kick off Spring, we thought we'd bring you Levi's Crazy Days. This was the first year for Hannibal and the 9th anniversary for our Bloomfield location.

With the many fun activities, it was nothing short of a fun-filled weekend that we thoroughly enjoyed. It was a perfect way to ring in the beautiful weather, and celebrate the old-fashioned, family-friendly atmosphere we here at Dutch Country General Store strive for.

Both locations enjoyed caricature artists and as well as live music! Our Bloomfield store also opened its gates to Miller's Petting Zoo. There were ducklings, rabbits, goats, and many more! We are ready to do it all over again in 2022!

Giving Back to our Communities


At Dutch Country General Store, we are privileged to be able to give back to our communities in both the Hannibal and Bloomfield areas. It would not be possible without our wonderful customers who continue to stop by our stores each year.

We love to see some of the same faces and new ones too! Whether you're traveling through the rolling hills of Iowa to somewhere new or coming to the historic downtown Hannibal, we believe we all thrive when we work together. Here are some of the great organizations we were able to partner with in 2021.

Thanks for reflecting on 2021 at Dutch Country General Store with us! We hope to see ya real soon in 2022. Happy New Year and God Bless!

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Abbie Gingerbread House Making

Holiday Gingerbread House Fun

At Dutch Country General Store, we love the holiday season and all the fun activities that come with it. One of our favorites is making holiday gingerbread houses. It's a fun activity that's perfect for all ages! Whether your gingerbread house is simple or complex, we encourage you to try making one with your family this holiday season!

Join us as we hear from one of our lovely customers, Abbie, as she builds a beautiful gingerbread house from scratch with her grandma. She shares her grandma's recipe and process with us and tells us which Dutch Country General Store candies she chooses to decorate her masterpiece. Follow along with us for some holiday gingerbread house fun!

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My family has a lot of fun holiday traditions! One of my favorites is making a gingerbread house with my grandma. We build one together every year along with numerous other family members.

This year I wanted to get a lot of my decorating candy at Dutch Country General Store. They always have a lot of fun, unique candy, especially for Christmas! Some of the things I chose were:

  • Reindeer Food (peanuts and Christmas-colored candy corns) - I was able to use the peanuts for my walkway and the candy corns for the roof of my shed. 
  • Frosty’s Favorite Mix (kind of like Puppy Chow) - I used this for the roof of the gingerbread house and as an ornate window on the front. I love how it looks like snow!
  • Christmas Fruit Snacks - I used the little white snowmen and red and green trees by the front door to make it look welcoming.
  • Mini M&Ms - These were perfect for creating a wreath for the front door.
  • Gum Drops - I knew I had to use this traditional decorating candy! I chose to only use the Christmas-colored ones all around the gingerbread house and roof.
  • Cinnamon Hard Candy - I used these to create a fence and wrapped it around my whole gingerbread yard.
  • Old-fashioned Hershey Bar - I used this for the shutters on my windows.
  • Shredded Coconut - I used it to add a soft snowy texture all over my little gingerbread scene.
Grandma's Gingerbread Recipe
Grandma's Icing Recipe

Family Traditions with Grandma

My grandma bakes the gingerbread from scratch and uses patterns to create the correct shapes - we love to eat the scrap pieces! Then together, we frost the edges of each piece and place them together. To support each side of our house while the frosting dries, we use soup cans. Once our gingerbread house is built, the fun part begins!

Decorating my house is my favorite part because I get to be creative. Mixing and matching all the candies I chose is fun! As I decorate, my family helps me think of ways I can use the various candies. I love how my house looked when it was finished!

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Decorative Candy and Sweet Treats

Products found at Dutch Country General Store used in Gingerbread House

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    Peanut Butter Monkey Munch

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Gingerbread & Icing Supplies

Products found at Dutch Country General Store used in Gingerbread House

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Start Your Own Holiday Fun Today!

From all of us here at Dutch Country General Store, we hope you have a fantastic holiday season. We encourage you to participate in your own holiday gingerbread house fun this Christmas and create new memories with your family.

Stop by and see us and pick up your gingerbread house supplies today or order from our website!

Christmas Memories with the Goods

Christmas in Iowa. Christmas in the United States of America. Christmas around the world.  There are many unique traditions and recipes. But what do we have in common? Memories. Good memories.

Childhood Memories

One of my cherished childhood memories began with disappointment.  An anticipated out-of-state visit to my Dad’s family was canceled on Christmas Eve due to a sudden heavy snowstorm.  We woke up Christmas morning with no presents (we’d opened them earlier in preparation for the trip), no Christmas dinner, and no plans.  So, my Dad took all six of us children traipsing through the snowy countryside.  It was a wonderland of glitter, snow, and ice.  Back home, we tumbled in the door; cold, laughing, and ravenous. Somehow, in the few hours we were gone, my mom had the dining room table decorated with Christmas cheer and piled with aromatic food.  I was speechless.  The magic of Christmas.

Now, twenty years later, I am privileged to see the wonder of Christmas in my children’s eyes.  This week I asked them for their favorite Christmas events.  Here they are: “opening presents”,  “going to Grandma’s”,  “watching everyone else open presents - especially the ones I gave them”, "reading the Christmas story together in front of the fire", “making Christmas cookies”,  “school break”, “decorating for Christmas”.

Here are two activities, leading up to the holidays, that our family loves to do - baking and games.

Sugar Cookies Recipe


I often take a whole day off just to make Christmas cookies and candy with my children. Here’s a favorite recipe: Cut-out Sugar Cookies

Need cookie cutters, baking tools, or baking ingredients?  Find them at Dutch Country General Store, in person, or online.

Good Children


Levi and I love to play games with our 5 children, ages 9,8,6,3, and 7 months. The older ones love chess, Dominoes, Suspend, Monopoly, Boggle, and puzzles.  The younger ones love Old Maid, Memory, simple puzzles, Uno, and Buildzi.

Don’t tell the kids, but on Christmas Day I want to introduce them to another classic, marbles.

Some of our family favorites from the store

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My goal is to lavishly spread God’s hope this season. Merry Christmas! May an abundance of good memories be made and remembered.

-Erica Good

Erica Good Family Dining Expert
Erica Good Family Dining Expert

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