Jelly Belly Factory
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- Jelly Belly FactoryMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Oct 19, 2013
This is just one of those great Bay Area things to do on a random weekend. It's a lot of fun and pretty interesting. Best of all, you can follow it up with a tour of the Budweiser factory, which is just around the corner.
- Jelly Belly FactoryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jan 08, 2013
Jelly Belly lovers paradise!
My wife LOVES jelly belly jelly beans, so we have to stop here whenever we are in the area. We even bought a ton of jelly beans to include as party of our wedding favors.
They have a tasting area where you can try all the flavors. They even have little booklets with recipes that tell you which flavors to combine to make other flavors.
2 Blueberry + 1 Buttered popcorn = Blueberry Muffin
2 Strawberry Daiquiri + 1 A&W® Cream Soda= Strawberry Milkshake
There is an awesome fire hydrant outside for dogs to pee on too!
- Jelly Belly FactoryJul 05, 2012
So much fun and great for kids or for someone who loves the dentist. Yes, it's lots of sugar. Yes, they have a cafeteria area, shop, and all kinds of touristy stuff, but it's fun to go once.
They give you a little bag after the tour, so that was nice. But of course, I bought more. It was a very interesting tour to see how they do it all. And i've been eating these since I was a kid, so it was worth the trip.
Enjoy the cavities!!
- Jelly Belly FactoryJul 05, 2012
What a fun place!! Love how you can take their tour and yes it's free to take the tour! So informative and never thought that it was such a long process to make Jelly Belly!! You can also taste the many flavors that they have at the store for free! Fun for all ages!
- Jelly Belly FactoryJul 04, 2012
i have been wanting to get out to the jelly belly factory for so long so i finally just got out and did it. i had a free day so i hopped in the car and made the drive into fairfield. it was a rainy day but the drive was a piece of cake. as i pulled into the lot i immediately noticed the jelly belly buses, cars, bicycles, balloons and everything jelly belly. it didn't seem like there were many people around so i'm glad i went on a slow weekday to avoid the crowds.
as i walked inside i immediately noticed how slow it was and i have to admit i thought i was the only person in the place. i then realized i wasn't alone and saw the people coming down the stairs finishing up their tour. all of a sudden the place was packed with people. after some hesitation about taking the tour i decided to get in line. after about 5 minutes they passed out our paper hats and the tour was about to begin. luckily there were only around 10 people in our tour and i must say a smaller group is where it's at. i just stayed in the back of the group and took my time so i could see and enjoy everything on the tour. unfortunately no pictures or video are allowed so i was a little bummed out about that. since i was at the back of the tour and taking my time it's possible to get some stealth pictures or video but i respected the privacy of the employees.
the minute you head upstairs and into the first part of the tour your immediately hit with the greatest smell you can imagine. the smell for some reason made me smile and get really excited for this tour. something about the being there made me feel like a little kid tasting a jelly belly for the first time. i found the entire tour very informative and the many videos about the history and the bean making process is something right out of unwrapped on the food network. i did find myself watching the action on the factory floor much more than i was watching the videos. i saw some really cool things most others miss so just keep your eyes open. one guy on the floor was obviously in charge of quality control as he was tasting beans as they came down the conveyor belt. he then leaned over and spit it out into a can. now that's not something you'll see every day. he even looked a little shocked when he looked up and saw a tour at that time. well i'm ok with it as i would rather have someone check them before i get a hold of a bunk bean. the tour actually went alot faster than i thought it would but i plan on taking the tour again many times. at the end of the tour i was given my sample bag but i needed more than just a sample bag before i left.
i immediately headed to the sample bar and proceeded to try way more than i should. the gift shop is HUGE and stocked full of everything jelly belly. they have every jelly belly flavor available as well books, clothing and a very good looking chocolate candy counter. you name your favorite chocolate covered candy and they have it and it's all made in the factory. i ended up buying a small bag of jbz because i love them so much and i just wish they still made all of the flavors they did when they first came out. the jbz are like m&ms but flavored like jelly belly's. i also got a small bag of the soda pop flavors and the ice cream parlour mix. now if they would only make a pumpkin jelly belly i would be set for life. after all of these years and no pumpkin, such a shame! i even bought a huge bag of belly flops because at half the price of regular jelly belly's it's quite the deal. the reason they are cheaper is because they are the beans that are flawed and don't make the final cut. it's so funny to see what some of these things look like. one of them in my bag had about 8 clumped together and was huge. i now have enough candy to last me hopefully until the end of the year but i really doubt it. i had to get out of that place quickly. i was already in there for almost 2 hours looking around. it's so addictive and fun.
here are some fun facts i got out of my visit to the factory-
the real flavor of the booger jelly belly is mushrooms and worcestershire sauce
It takes 7 to 21 days to make a single jelly belly jelly bean
the original eight flavors of jelly belly beans introduced in 1976 were very cherry, root beer, cream soda, tangerine, green apple, lemon, licorice and grape
natural flavors are used whenever possible like fruit purees in raspberry, blueberry and peach- real peanut butter in peanut butter and real jalapeno pepper in jalapeno jelly belly beans
some of the weirdest requests for jelly belly flavors include mac and cheese, sour cream, avocado, ground beef and bacon and eggs
i have some ideas for gross flavors so how about theses.....
dirty sock, corn dog, burnt hair, play doh, crayon, pennies & underarm sweat
- Jelly Belly FactoryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
The Jelly Belly Candy Company is also known as the The Herman Goelitz Candy Company and is based in Fairfield. Jelly Belly produces more than 34 million pounds (15000 tonnes) of candy annually and has nearly 800,000 square feet of production space between its Fairfield, North Chicago, and Pleasant Prairie (Wisconsin) facilities. Jelly Belly makes many varieties of gourmet jelly beans, including Juicy Pear, Watermelon, A&W Cream Soda, Very Cherry and Buttered Popcorn.
The factory tour shtick is way too commercial and crowded for my taste. But when you have kids in school, this place is sort of a rite of passage. My son doesn't want to come back either, as he's sensitive to the production-related odors. That's the smell of money of course, but I'm happy to enjoy my favourite flavours off premises.
- Jelly Belly FactoryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 04, 2012
I'm not sure who else besides people taking road trips through California would actually visit the Jelly Belly Factory, but if you're in the area (like on the way up to Tahoe), it's worth stopping by. It's free and fun for sweet tooths of all ages! It's hidden in a huge business park near the huge Budweiser factory, so you can get all boozed up and then go on a sugar high. When I used to go to corporate meetings for Papyrus out there, a visit to the Jelly Belly Factory made my 1.5 hour drive out there worthwhile. I'd take my friends' orders and leave with huge bags full of Belly Flops, the irregularly shaped jelly bellies (it was like 3 huge bags for $10). Thank goodness I had a good dental plan with Papyrus.