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Jaarsma Bakery

727 Franklin St. (On the town square), Pella, IA - (641) 628-2940
Posted By Becky Schultz on 12/27/2007 5:15:00 PM
I grew up near Pella and try to get to Jaarsma whenever I can. The pastry cases are piled high with traditional favorites you won't want to miss. The Dutch letters are my favorite. They come in only one letter, an "S." Flaky pastry surrounds a delicious almond paste filling. They're baked a very light brown and sprinkled with sugar. We recommend getting a dozen, because they keep well and can also be frozen. Other favorites are old-fashioned creme horns, with creamy filling guaranteed to end up everywhere and various coffee breads, dusted generously with sugar and almonds.

The staff is friendly and efficient, and an imposingly long line melts away quickly. Visitors should try to come during the annual Tulip Festival the first weekend in May. People dress in traditional Dutch costumes to welcome thousands from all over.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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While we thoroughly enjoy eating Dutch letters, we sometimes wish they came in other letters besides ''S.''
"While we thoroughly enjoy eating Dutch letters, we sometimes wish they came in other letters besides ''S.''"
Cliff Strutz





A tray of apple bread loaves:  We guess you could slice one with a knife, but we much prefer to tear a loaf into sweet, crumbling shreds.
"A tray of apple bread loaves: We guess you could slice one with a knife, but we much prefer to tear a loaf into sweet, crumbling shreds."
Michael Stern


Goat legs are crispy almond cookies, dipped in chocolate on both ends.
"Goat legs are crispy almond cookies, dipped in chocolate on both ends."
Cliff Strutz


The nice lady who waited on me at Jaarsma Bakery described kracklings as tasting like pie crusts with sugar sprinkled on top.
"The nice lady who waited on me at Jaarsma Bakery described kracklings as tasting like pie crusts with sugar sprinkled on top."
Cliff Strutz


The glass cases full of delicious looking baked goods goes on and on...
"The glass cases full of delicious looking baked goods goes on and on..."
Cliff Strutz


Unless you call ahead of time, the only Dutch letter Jaarsma Bakery typically carries is the letter
"Unless you call ahead of time, the only Dutch letter Jaarsma Bakery typically carries is the letter "S". The delicious looking chocolate and almond cookie above is called a goat's leg. (Photo and caption by buffetbuster.)"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The ladies who work behind the counter at Jaarsma Bakery wear traditional Dutch bonnets.
"The ladies who work behind the counter at Jaarsma Bakery wear traditional Dutch bonnets."
Cliff Strutz


Jaarsma opened in 1899, and has been in this location on the town square in Pella since 1948.
"Jaarsma opened in 1899, and has been in this location on the town square in Pella since 1948."
Michael Stern



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