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Jelly Belly Tours in Fairfield: Tour the Jelly Belly Factory

Updated on April 6, 2013

Free Jelly Belly Tours Are a Fun Family Outing

Don a paper hat with the Jelly Belly logo, put your taste buds on alert and get ready for a tour of the Jelly Belly Factory in northern California. This walking tour takes you around the factory and shows you all the steps in making a gourmet jelly bean. You'll get a birds eye view of the people and machines behind these tiny candies and walk away with a free bag of candy and some fun facts about these little treats. This article tells you more about Jelly Belly tours in Fairfield.

Jelly Belly Tours Are Free to Public

Want something free and fun to do with kids in the San Francisco or Sacramento area? Then consider taking a tour of the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, CA. Located an hour from San Francisco or 45 minutes from the state capital, the Jelly Belly Visitor Center is open daily and offers Jelly Belly tours every 10-15 minutes from 9 am - 4 pm except for major holidays.

If you enjoy Jelly Belly candies, you'll definitely enjoy this tour that shows you how they make those sweet little treats. It can take up to 21 days to make a Jelly Belly jelly bean, and as you're escorted around the walkway over the factory, you'll get to see all the steps involved in the process, as well as learn some history about the company, view portraits of famous people created entirely of jelly beans, and get to sample some jelly beans.

What makes Jelly Belly candies different from most others jelly beans is that they use real fruit flavor in both the center of the candy and the outer shell. (Most jelly beans only have flavor in the outer coating.) The first Jelly Belly jelly beans came in eight flavors - Very Cherry, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Lemon, Grape and Licorice. Today, Very Cherry continues to be their number one seller.

But the favorite flavor of Jelly Belly's biggest fan - Ronald Reagan - was licorice. The former president started snacking on jelly beans in the 1960s when he was trying to kick a pipe smoking habit. During the tour, you can see portraits of Reagan created entirely of jelly beans and view a copy of the letter he once wrote in which he said, "We can hardly start a meeting or make a decision without passing around the jar of jelly beans."

Reagan's love of the candy helped propel Jelly Belly to worldwide recognition, and the former president can also lay claim to being the reason another flavor - blueberry - was added to the lineup. The company invented it so they could send red, white and blue candies to the presidential inauguration.

Jelly Belly tours also offer history about jelly bellies in general and how they became popular in the United States, particularly at Easter.

After touring the factory, you can check out the gift shop where you can get free samples of any of the Jelly Belly flavors and buy gifts and candy, or you can visit the café for bean-shaped burgers or pizzas.

For more information on Jelly Belly tours, visit the official Jelly Belly site.

(From Jelly Belly Tours Are Fun for Kids and Adults on HubPages._

- Jelly Belly jelly beans were the first jelly beans in space. They were a presidential gift to the astronauts on a 1983 Challenger flight.

- There are approximately 400 Jelly Belly jelly beans in one pound.

- 7000 lbs. of Jelly Belly jelly beans were sent to the White House for Ronald Reagan's inaugural festivities.

- Chili Mango and Pomegranate are two of the 50 official Jelly Belly flavors.

- Jelly Belly was the first company to sell jelly beans in single flavors.

- The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library has a portrait of the president on display that is made entirely from Jelly Belly jelly beans - 10,000 of them!

- BeanBoozled jelly beans are a collection of 20 lookalike beans. Some are traditional, tasty Jelly Belly flavors like Top Banana or Caramel Corn, while their twin beans have disgusting flavors such as Pencil Shavings or Moldy Cheese.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      A great idea for a travel destination. Big kids and little ones. Blessed by an Angel.