Have you ever wanted to know how jelly beans are made? Well, I have the place for you: the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California, right outside San Francisco. I went there and it was so much fun.
The moment you get there you see a large blue, yellow and red building with a Jelly Belly- themed car and motorcycle out front. You'll also see Mr. Jelly Belly himself, a huge red jelly bean wearing a chef's hat. And inside, the first thing you may spot is a huge wall covered in candy corn wallpaper on the staircase leading up to a gallery. In the gallery are portraits made entirely of jelly beans, like Ben Franklin, Harry Potter, Chi (a Chinese dragon), the Statue of Liberty and Marilyn Monroe.
After touring the gallery, you'll head into the factory. First you'll watch a short movie that explains the history of the factory and how jelly beans are made. Then you'll see how it all works, like how they mix the ingredients, create their kidney-like shape and add flavors. After the tour, you get free jelly beans to take home. Then you can buy some souvenirs of your fun day at the gift shop. Look them up: jellybelly.com