Welcome to the West

Join us in welcoming Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to West Des Moines!

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate is an international franchisor, confectionery manufacturer and retail operator in the United States, the Republic of the Philippines, and the Republic of Panama. The Company is based in the charming historical town of Durango located on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in southwestern Colorado. From its 53,000 square foot factory, the Company manufactures an extensive line of premium chocolate candies and other confectionery products to supply its many franchise locations, delivered fresh by its fleet of refrigerated trucks.

The factory typically produces approximately 300 chocolate candies and other confectionery products, using proprietary recipes developed primarily by its master candy maker. These products include many varieties of clusters, caramels, creams, meltaways, truffles and molded chocolates. Individual stores prepare a variety of caramel and candy apples, fudge, chocolate items and confections in full view of the customer using traditional cooking utensils such as copper kettles on gas-fired stoves and marble slab cooling tables.

The vibrance of West Des Moines was a draw for us from the beginning. And the Valley Junction area, specifically 5th street, reminds us of the sweet little ski towns we lived in in Colorado for 16 years. The architecture, walkability and general character are just like Breckenridge and Frisco, CO. And in Valley Junction, we get bonus support from the Historic Valley Junction Foundation, and from some very cool neighbors.

We’re very proud of our caramel apples! We make the caramel from scratch in the store, so it is very soft, and it melts in your mouth. We offer at least 20 different toppings and will carry our caramel apples all year. We also make our fudge from scratch on our granite candy table. Fudge should be like a good loaf of bread with a crust and a soft center, and ours is. We also like to rotate in seasonal products, so we make a great stop for gifts for special occasions.

Have fun! It’s a candy store! Always offer a free sample. And always keep the big bear outside stocked… kids, if you know, you know.

  1. The balance of resources and accessibility is wonderful. There are multiple educational opportunities, and affordable promotional opportunities. And alongside that, no one is ever too busy to answer questions. WDM offers the convenience of a city mixed with the kindness the Midwest is known for.
  1. With the season of LOVE upon us, we should mention that we hand dip strawberries every day! For Valentine’s Day, we will have one-dozen and half-dozen gift boxes of dipped strawberries. Our shelves are currently full of lovely gifts such as heart-shaped, truffle filled gift boxes, cute little Ty Beanie Babies holding the largest heart-shaped chocolate covered pretzel treat we’ve ever seen, and mailbox-sized gift boxes that are decorated with red, pink, and copper ribbon. We can always package treats to make a nice gift or make things easily accessible for you to snack on in the car on the way home!

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