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Jelly Belly now offering exclusive candy-making tours
If you've ever wondered exactly how Jelly Belly jelly beans are made, you can do more than just watch candy being made through observation windows. The Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield, California has opened its doors for exclusive tours called Jelly Belly University Tours. The tours are reservation only and cost a pretty penny.
For $47 you'll get to don a white coat, gloves and a hairnet for a personal tour through the actual factory. Reading about this reminded me a bit of Willy Wonka, except when you taste the good stuff and the experience won't turn you into a blueberry, shrink you to a tiny size, or have you taken away by squirrels.
The reason why the tour is so expensive is that it's exclusive. Only six people are taken through at a time so you'll have an up close and personal experience while surrounded by the sweetness.
If you don't want to pay this kind of cash, you can still take the company's free factory tour but it doesn't give you that personal touch. Here's the link to factory tour information.
For anyone who loves Jelly Belly jelly beans, the store would be a blast. All those flavors. My son, though, would need some coaching beforehand, or he would go totally nuts with the excitement of seeing such splendor.