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Kids Guide to the Jelly Belly Factory

October 7, 2011 12:37 PM

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Credit: JellyBelly.com

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By Kelli WheelerOne Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA 94533
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: Free admission
(800) 522-3267
WebsiteLooking for a unique, fun and delicious way to spend the day with the kids? Just 45 minutes
west of Sacramento is the Jelly Belly Factory where kids can get a free educational, fun and
fascinating tour of how the candy is made. Kids will feel like they’ve stepped into a real-live Willy
Wonka candy factory with the Jelly Belly’s visitor center designed with kids and fun in mind.

jelly belly factory Kids Guide to the Jelly Belly Factory

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Free Factory Tours
Step into the brightly colored, delicious smelling, candy decorated Jelly Belly visitor’s center and prepare to be amazed. During the 40-minute walking tour, Jelly Belly tour guides will reveal the secrets of how the Jelly Belly is made, show how a real working factory creates the sweet treats and why it takes more than a week to make a single bean. Reservations are not required, but get there early if you don’t want to wait in line – tours of about 30 people leave every 10-15 minutes.

16 Kids Guide to the Jelly Belly Factory

Photo Credit: Kelli Wheeler

The Jelly Belly Candy Store
The tour ends in the Jelly Belly Candy Store inside the visitor’s center where you can shop for your favorite individual Jelly Belly flavors, purchase souvenirs like a plush Mr. Jelly Belly toy, or step up to the free Sampling Bar. The bag of Belly Flops, Jelly Belly candies that came out in wild shapes and sizes, is a fun purchase to try and guess flavors and laugh at the odd shapes. You’ll be amazed by all the flavors and treats in the colorful candy store.

The Jelly Belly Café
Come for the Jelly Belly tour, stay for a lunch at the Jelly Belly Café that offers all the things kids
love to eat including a Jelly Belly shaped pizza. Mom will enjoy the coffee counter and delicious sandwiches and salads. The spacious and bright café also has an outdoor patio plus an ice cream counter with gourmet ice cream. Outside food is welcome.

18 Kids Guide to the Jelly Belly Factory

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Jelly Belly University
If you’d like your own behind the scenes factory tour then sign up for Jelly Belly University. Make a reservation for an exclusive and personal tour (up to six people) with taste testing right off the factory line. Participants will be given lab coats, gloves and hair nets for a guided tour in the heart of the factory ending with a degree of Beanology being awarded plus t-shirt, and discount card for shopping.

Jelly Belly Art
A huge picture of a grizzly bear made out of Jelly Belly beans? A framed picture of Harry Potter –
made out of Jelly Belly candy? A spitting image of former President Ronald Reagan constructed from Jelly Bellys? Don’t forget to check out the artwork (pictures are rotated and selection varies) on the tour that will leave you amazed and stepping up for a closer look.

22 Kids Guide to the Jelly Belly Factory

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Sampling Bar
A stop at the Jelly Belly Candy Store is not complete until you step up to the Sampling Bar. Try any flavor of Jelly Belly you’d like or combine flavors for recipes like rootbeer float or banana split. If you’re brave enough try BeanBoozled™ flavors like pencil shavings or skunk spray!

Directions to the Jelly Belly Factory from Sacramento:
1. Head West on I-80.
2. Take the Abernathy Rd exit toward CA-12 E/Rio Vista.
3. Turn left onto Abernathy Rd.
4. Abernathy Rd becomes Chadbourne Rd.
5. Turn left onto Courage Dr.
6. Turn left onto N Watney Way.
7. Turn left onto Jelly Belly Lane.

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Kelli Wheeler is the author of MOMSERVATIONS® The Fine Print of Parenting, a family columnist and mother of two living in Sacramento. You can read her humorous Momservations blog at www.momservations.com and follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Momservations.
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