While we were in the San Francisco area a few weeks ago, we decided to take the kids for a tour of the Jelly Belly factory. Now, I must confess that I am not a huge fan of jelly beans in general. I find the consistency kind of gross and the flavors usually remind me of cough syrup and for those reasons I tend to steer clear of them. However, sampling all of the flavors at the Jelly Belly factory has changed my mind!
We got there right when it opened and only had to wait in line a few minute before our tour began.
They offered us all little hats to wear and even Big Trouble kept his on most of the time (except for when we took a family picture with the giant jelly bean, naturally).
We got to see each stage of the jelly bean making process (sadly, couldn’t take pictures) and taste a new flavor of jelly beans at each little stop. The first we tasted was cantaloupe and it tasted EXACTLY like cantaloupe! I was floored at how accurate the flavor was! We also got to taste plum and marshmallow, as well as 3 more flavors of our choice. I have to say, they were all pretty tasty, but my favorite was the buttered popcorn! YUMMY!
Of course, they mentioned that not all of their flavor attempts turn out, but they save these anyway and rename them nasty names and sell them for “fun” (I’m guessing this was inspired by the Harry Potter ‘every flavor beans’ but you know they won’t admit that). I was not up for trying any gross flavors, but Big Trouble will eat just about anything so he got to try booger, pencil shavings and moldy cheese! He did not spit them out. (insert a semi-guilty mom-conscience for allowing him to be the guinea pig for nasty jelly beans, but it was pretty funny)
Along the way, we also saw some of the cool jelly bean mosaics that have been created over time as the Jelly Belly corporation grew.
We also got to sample some spectacular fudge (who knew they made that too?) and we each received a sampler bag of their most popular flavors, which we shared with other family members. Might I mention that this entire ordeal was completely FREE?! Yes, you read that right; it was totally free!
I have officially been converted to a fan of Jelly Belly’s and I foresee me purchasing some more of those buttered popcorn jelly beans in the very near future! I will steer clear of the moldy cheese and booger flavored ones though. 🙂