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A Look Inside the Jelly Belly Factory
My husband grew up in Fairfield, California, which is also home to the Jelly Belly Factory. Naturally, everytime we came to visit the grandparents, we used to tour the Jelly Belly Factory. Having moved here a few years ago, it's become a regular family activity.
The Jelly Belly Factory and visitor's center are lots of fun. From jelly bean themed food to eccentric decor, there's always something that catches your eye.
The sample bars (there are 3: one at the main shop, the clearance shop by the cafe, and the fudge counter) allow limited samples per person, BUT you can go through the line AS MANY times as you want. On a non-holiday/slow day, that's a lot of free samples!
Also, if you're visiting on a tight budget, but want to get something for several people, the chocolate shoppe has $1 chocolate lollipops! They're actually decent size and a variety of shapes.
The Jelly Belly Factory Tour
Jelly Bean Art
One of the first things you see on the tour (and quite frankly, one of the coolest) is Jelly Belly Art! These are painstakingly crafted one bean at a time. The jelly beans are often placed with chopsticks! Can you imagine the time and patience?
How Jelly Belly Beans Are Made & Packaged
Jelly Belly jelly beans being moved from shoots conveyors, from their trays, via mechanical lift, and into a revolving tube that sifts out misshapen jelly beans.
Jelly Belly jelly beans being sorted and packaged in plastic jars.
Jelly Belly jelly beans making their rounds in a spinning kettle as they are coated to form their hard shell. Unfinished beans rest in plastic trays (all around the visible area), waiting for their next coat. The green jelly beans rolling in the kettle have finished shells and are being polished. They will also rest and season for a time before being packaged and shipped.
Jelly Belly jelly beans being packaged (on the left), while packaging is being made and monitored (on the right) by a factory worker.
Jelly Belly jelly beans being boxed up, then employees selecting which boxes to empty onto the conveyor and mixed. The jelly belly beans are moved via conveyor belt into a sorting machine that removes any jelly bean that's the wrong size or shape (which either become Belly Flops or are used by local farmers as pig feed. Yes, pork is a very SWEET meat!)
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