Monday, April 12, 2010

Fairfield: Jelly Belly Factory Tour - Full of Beans

If you’ve devoured your Easter sweets and are going through sugar withdrawals, you might consider a trip to the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield. Here, you’ll be able to feast on an assortment of the rainbow colored confection at the very place it’s manufactured.

Located about one hour north of San Francisco, Jelly Belly offers a free 40-minute walking tour of its factory. You’ll learn the secrets of how the popular candy is made, including why it takes more than a week to make just one bean. On weekdays when the factory is operational, visitors are guided across elevated walkways for a bird’s eye view of the candy making process. At other times, visitors still walk the perimeter, but guides are assisted by videos to explain the process. At the conclusion of the tour, guests are rewarded with tasty samples and can continue on to the gift shop for more sweet treats. In addition to jelly beans the factory makes over a hundred other confections including chocolates, candy corn and gummis, so you’re sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Tours depart every 10-15 minutes and are offered seven days of the week except major holidays. Reservations are not required.

Did you know. . . Almost half a million people visit the Jelly Belly Factory each year. . . People consume 14 billion Jelly Belly candies every year. . . Ronald Reagan ordered 3.5 tons of Jelly Belly candies for his 1981 presidential inauguration and blueberry flavor was created so that he could serve candies in red, white and blue.

More information: Jelly Belly Factory Tour
1 Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: 1-800-953-5592


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