One place on the CJ’s bucket list is the Jelly Belly Factory. Located about an hour north of San Francisco, it is a fun day trip to enjoy with everyone especially the little ones. The factory does offer free tour of the factory but if you plan to do that, do arrive early. The line for the factory tour does get pretty long towards the afternoon.
While waiting in line for the tour, there are plenty of jelly bean vending machines that really attracts the attention of the little ones. :p
Check out the flying jelly bean!!!
There is also a sample bar in the jellybelly factory. You can get 3 samples each time but there is no limit to how many times you can join the line and get new samples. I am sure that CJ went at least 5 times!!
Everytime I go there, I am always amazed by the paintings on the wall. They are made from jelly beans! I wonder how many hours are used to make these art pieces.
After waiting for about 30 mins, it was finally our turn for the tour. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and you get a small sample bag of jelly beans at the end of the tour. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos of the factory.
After the tour, at the candy shop, we saw these belly flops. I guess this is a good way to reduce wastage!
There also have a chocolate shop there now. It wasn’t there on my last visit. They must have added it recently.
Chocolate covered bacon, anyone???
Have you been to the Jelly Belly Factory? How was your experience? I think it is a fun place for the kids especially the free samples. As for the factory tour, it will depend on the time you get there. Sometimes the machines are in full gear and sometimes they are not. When they are not, then you won’t be able see how they operate. But it is still a fun experience overall.