Thursday, February 11, 2010

Jelly Bellys

Went to San Francisco last weekend to celebrate son Mark's birthday and our anniversary. We saw the "King Tut" exhibit and "Wicked", both great by the way.
The drive takes us through Fairfield, home of the Jelly Belly. Since Mark is a big fan of the candy we stopped to take the tour.
They have a colorful Jelly Belly cafe.


The lobby is decorated with Jelly Belly mosaics and giant Jelly Belly hanging from the ceiling. They have a special fondness for Ronald Reagan since his fondness for the candy gave a big boost to their company.
Inside the factory, photography is not permitted. It's too bad as it is an impressive process. I can understand, though, I'm sure they wouldn't want to make it too easy for their competitors. I was intrigued by the robots, the tumblers (rather like giant tumblers used to polish rocks), and the thousands of trays filled with Jelly Bellys in various stages of the process.

For going through the tour you are rewarded with a little bag of Jelly Bellys.

Lots more colorful sites can be found at Color Carnival.

12 comments:

Lindy MacDuff said...

Looks like a fun place to go, especially for a birthday!

Diane AZ said...

What a fun place to visit! We just bought a huge container of Jelly Belly candy from Costco and plan to open it when Victoria gets here.

Gaelyn said...

What a fun and yummy tour.

Barb said...

When you mentioned Fairfield, it brought back memories - that's one of the places we stopped on our bike trip from CO to CA. However, I don't think this Jelly Belly Factory was there five years ago - my husband would have LOVED it (esp the freebie!).

Carolyn Ford said...

What a fun tour that must have been...and so colorful!

Jama said...

What a wonderful place to be!

B : ) said...

that is so cool! When I run out of wall space for things I love, I hang them from the ceilings too, but they're not as neat as those jelly beans. My favorite is the buttered popcorn - not just the taste, but the surprise (every time) when a sweet treat tastes like a salty treat. Love it!

Martha's Menagerie said...

Hi Martha, so nice to have you playing along with us! I would love to go on that tour to be able to see inside the factory. I bet it is really cool!

Ricepatty said...

What a fun day for you and your family - seeing the Jelly Belly process must have been so interesting. Great CC!

Johnny Nutcase said...

FUn pictures, I bet you guys had a blast!

Rinkly Rimes said...

I bought some jelly beans yesterday which were advertised as 'gourmet' jelly beans. They were certainly colourful.

Linda :) said...

What a great day!! :)