M and I finally got to do the Jelly Belly Factory Tour in Vacaville, CA. We went there mid-summer so it was filled with families and lots of little kids.
The entry was nice and filled with portraits made with jelly beans of famous people and landmark. I really liked the jelly belly artwork much more than the tour itself. And it was difficult to snap photos as there were so many people and we had to get in line fast or else wait all day for the tour.
Before the tour, we were told no cameras allowed inside and no photos. Then we all lined up for a while only to find out we were taking a photo with Mr. Jelly Beans (if that is his name) by the employees. Then they want to sell you the photo package after the tour for something like $40.
So after everyone got their photos taken, we were lead to a walk way into the factory where we can look down at workers. The working or production area itself didn’t look too big. I was actually expecting a more “close-up” tour with candy mixing machines and more. But the machines were mostly off and the workers were just packing the beans into boxes.
Other than that, we also got to watch videos about the history of the factory. That too was boring since the video and TV set up looked like it was from the 80’s. And finally the tour was over and we all got a sample bag of Jelly Beans.
Cute VW Jelly Belly Bug taken in front of the entrance on my way out.
Despite the boring tour, the jelly beans were really good. Each tiny beans are filled with big flavor. And if you enjoyed the jelly beans you can also purchase more to take home from their gift shop. The gift shop also sells Belly Flops, which are misshaped or rejected jelly beans for a reasonable price.
I personally would not take this tour again, but M thought the tour was fun. That’s probably because he has more of a sweet tooth than me. If you are in the area, it would be something neat to do, especially for the candy fans.