California Vacation: Jelly Belly Factory Tour


We took Route 80 which led us all the way to Reno. Reno will be our last stop where we will be spending just a couple of days and then head home.

_MG_7867_edited-1

Along Route 80, in Fairfield CA, we made a stop at the Jelly Belly factory which made the world famous Jelly Belly. We wanted to make a stop here too because the Jelly Belly factory tour is known as the Best Factory Tour in America by Readers Digest.

_MG_7875_edited-1

We had our brunch in Jelly Belly. It was quite a nice restaurant they have there — bright and cheery.

_MG_7877_edited-1

And the food there are quite cheap too. Got ourselves some sandwiches and even a pizza which is shaped like a jelly belly.

_MG_7879_edited-1

Perhaps it was a weekend and the fact that it is still the school holidays. The queue to get on the factory tour took almost 1 hr!

_MG_7895_edited-1

At least there were things to see and do while waiting. We took turns holding our position on the queue while the others go around the place.

Ronald Reagan is a huge fan of jelly belly. The ex-president always had a jar of jelly bellies with him. There were pictures of the jelly belly jars in the white house, and the Air Force One. He was such a fan of jelly bellies that he wrote to Jelly Belly thanking the company for all the supplies during his presidency … on a White House letterhead. What an endorsement.

_MG_7889_edited-1

There were also a number of jelly belly art and of course Ronald Reagan’s portrait is the centrepiece.

_MG_7888_edited-1

Jelly Bellies are not just any jelly beans. They are the rolls royce of jelly beans … and they call it gourmet jelly beans. They are quite expensive.

There were a huge selection of flavours — 50 official flavours and a lot of other lesser known ones. The free sample counter is somewhat disappointing … they only allow you one miserable piece. If you want another sample, you gotta go to the back of the line and queue up again.

_MG_7892_edited-1

There were supposed to be no pictures allowed during the factory tour. I sneaked in a few shots. I think I heard that this production line is going to be closed down and moved to somewhere in Asia. That’s sad.

The best part of the tour … you get two bags of free samples.

_MG_7900_edited-1

We bought a few bags of Belly Flops … jelly beans that are imperfect, mostly out of shape or are stuck together during the mixing process. Those are so cheap. It was $8 for a 2 lb bag and you get 2 bags free for buying 2 bags. I thought I had too much when we bought 8 lbs of it. Guess what … I brought it to the office and my office mates gobbled up 4 lbs in 2 days. I should have bought more!

_MG_7890_edited-1

Now, I am a fan of Jelly Bellies.

4 thoughts on “California Vacation: Jelly Belly Factory Tour

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s