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Tuesday, August 17

Jelly Belly Factory Fun!

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Today the girls and I trekked north 1 1/2 hours to visit the Jelly Belly factory and go on their free tour. If you live in or visit Northern California, this is definitely a fun thing to do with the kids! And, come to think of it, it’s fun for all ages! My favorite part of the tour was watching the children peer through the windows down at the factory floor. I’m certain they could have sat their quietly for hours on end. (Sadly, no photography inside the factory itself…which was KILLING me. If only, if only…)

Want to know the trick to a successful Jelly Belly Factory Tour visit? Get there right when it opens! We didn’t wait at all….and when we finished our tour an hour or so after we arrived, the line was INSANE. Don’t go late! Don’t do it! No sleeping in! And definitely go on a weekday, when the factory is going strong! It’s just too fun watching all those jelly beans jumping around on the conveyor belts.

When I asked Cate a few hours after we got home what she thinks of the factory, she simply replied, “I love it!” She and I decided that the Jelly Belly factory is one of the happiest places on earth. The factory workers on the floor would look up and wave and smile at the kids over and over. I think making pretty colored candy all day must put you in a good mood.

Look. Even the french fries are happy.

Maybe it’s the hats.

Or the jelly bean art.

Honestly, I think the source of all the happiness is the kids, longingly observing the wonder that is millions of jelly beans all in one place.

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15 Comments »

  1. There’s one in the Chicago area as well. Fun place to visit! Especially if you like Jelly Bellies. And really….. who doesn’t?

  2. 2
    Amy

    I was just going to say I would LOVE to go somewhere like that with my daughter, but I’m in the Chicago area- and then I see the comment above where it says there is one here, too! I had no idea… (off to research!).

  3. that tour looks great!!! how colorful and yummy of a place to go :)

    my girls LOVE thos happy face potato puffs we get them sometimes at walmart its great when they are kinda sad or down it makes them smile.

    can’t wait to hear if you liked the red beans and rice.

  4. 4
    Joseph

    I would not go to Jelly Belly or recommend Jelly Belly because they scammed the original inventor of the Jelly Belly. Now the company make millions and the inventor gets nothing.

    shame, shame, shame on them.

    want to know more watch this video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzIY9PF_hwo
    and then watch the documentary: Candyman: The David Klein Story

  5. Did they have peppermint? I found some in NYC at Christmastime once and haven’t found them again.

  6. 6
    Jane Maynard

    I’m glad the chicago peeps can go too! :)

    ellen – I think it must be a seasonal flavor – she did mention on the tour that they have a few holiday flavors, so I imagine they must only come out at that time….so, start keeping your eyes peeled come, oh, september? isn’t that when christmas stuff starts? ;)

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    Jane Maynard

    joseph – thank you for sharing. glad that david is getting more credit these days, hope his movie does well! from the research I’ve done it looks like the company fulfilled the original contract david signed with them. it’s too bad he’s no longer a part of the company and able to cash in, but from the video it looks like he’s a super positive person, which is inspiring :)

  8. 8
    Marie

    We love the Jelly Belly factory. We’ve been a few times when we’ve visited Cali! It’s amazing to see the behind the scenes of how stuff works.

  9. 9
    Marie

    Oh, and you girls look lovely in your hats!!!

  10. 10
    kidkopf

    I have LOVED Jelly Bellies forever. I would love to go here. Might have to do that next time I’m in the area. :)

  11. 11
    Shanna ~ my favorite everything

    What a hoot! I will definitely need to check that out on our next trip north to visit the cousins!! Thx for sharing!! Such fun pics :-)

  12. This is David Klein…..yes That David Klein….Joseph please do not hold a grudge about the Jelly Belly company….They made a business decision which they felt they had to do. I still eat these beans and we hand them out for free at film festivals we do…They are still the best bean out there…The documentary was made so that my grand kids would know what a contribution I made to the candy world…. No one believed my son when he talked about his dad….If the Jelly Belly company had mentioned me on their web site or mentioned me in the 30th year history of the bean there would not have been a documentary . I am getting hundreds of e mails a day. Most of them are so positive especially the ones which say that I have inspired them. Yes it is true that I did sign the contract.. But what also is true is that I never asked to be bought out…They told me that they were coming to town to buy me out and were not leaving until they did. They handed me a check for 1000.00 to serve as a deposit…If there had been no sales after this meeting I would have received nothing. They also put a cap on the amount of money that they send each month. The contract was over in the year 2000 and they never missed a payment. By the way the documentary Candyman:the David Klein story can now be ordered on the Documentary channel website…Bert—my son– and his wife Jennifer are writing a book which will be called A Man and His Beans which will be out shortly…thank you David Klein

    • Jane Maynard

      Wow, David – thanks so much for your comment! I love your positivity – I think that might be the most inspiring thing about you! :) Thanks!

  13. Thank you Jane….I forgot one thing….If your family or any of your readers would like a tour of our Sandy Candy factory in Covina California all I need is a few days notice to make sure I will be in town to conduct the tour myself….Thank you Jane ……My Best to all

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