Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Jelly Belly Train Tour in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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 Who doesn't love a road trip. My son had off work last week, so we all piled in the mini-van and took my son, daughter-in-law, and the grand on a road trip to Wisconsin. Pleasant Prairie is really just over the border and the weather has been so rotten in Chicagoland, a road trip somewhere sounded great.

 All cinched into the mini van...hands up for getting on our way.

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Jelly Belly Candy Company is a 5th generation family owned candy company originally started by two emigrant brothers from Germany, Gustav and Albert Goelitz.

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 You can see how miserable the day was. Cheers when we arrived at the Warehouse parking lot.


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Grandpa and Daddy and the grand, walkiing to the entrance. Usually the parking lot was full, but thankfully not today. (I used to drive past here when taking care of my parents, all the time.)



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 Inside was a display and staging line for the tour, the grand was very excited. The candy company celebrated 100 years in 1969.


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 Overhead in the foyer were huge Jelly Belly placards, I mean HUGE!


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One wall of the foyer had historical photos of the candy company and family. Jelly Belly has an interesting history. You can find out more history HERE.

Did you know that Governor Ronald Reagan wrote, "We can hardly start a meeting or make a decision without passing a jar of jelly beans," in a letter to the Goelitz manufacturer in 1973.


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We all got hats to wear in the warehouse, a health rule, and another chance to sport the JellyBelly logo. The train ride is described here with pictures, Train Warehouse Tour. This was a perfect train ride for the grand, lots of Whooowhooooo!

They would not let us take pictures on the tour or in the train. The tour was reasonably short, the warehouse is huge and we skirted the outside edge. Great displays of vintage candy making and large video screens telling the story of Goelitz family and making of Jelly Bellys.


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Last stop was the snack shop and the candy and merchandise store. Which was packed with two tours of people. I had a hard time taking any pictures at all. Most impressive was all the flavors lined up on one wall to be purchased by the pound.

 I was on the lookout for Strawberry Jam and the Red/White/Blue mixture for a friend. I also bought a licorice mixture for my friend E. Good licorice assorteds are kinda rare. There was every kind of merchandise for sale besides candy: tee-shirts, sweats, shoes, toys, desk items, mugs, and bags and bags and cartons of candy

I was very excited to find small bags of Belly Flops---failures in size or shape in sugar-free. And I must say they are delicious. I'm nibbling as I'm writing this, I think my favorites are cinnamon and buttered-popcorn.

It was a fun trip ---perfect for a three-year old to some 60-somethings, lol. 

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 I'll say one thing...Jelly Belly has no problem with their branding---it was everywhere. This car is parked at the exit---great photo op. The grand is pouting because she did not want to leave. My son was happy to get candy---reasonable to send to my daughter-in-law's family in the Phillipines.

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Wow, thats a lot of candy in there. LOL, the grand has lots of cousins! The sun came out---to finish a great day. Tours are available in California and Wisconsin, check it out!

Thanks always for stopping by, I will be happy to answer any questions or comments.

All the opinions and photographs in this blog are my own unless noted.  I have not been paid or reimbursed in anyway for my opinions of products or posts. Please do not use photos without linking back to this blog without my permission. Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

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13 comments:

  1. Great post. We did that tour a couple years ago and did a blog post about it too. They used to let you take pictures while on the tour. They must have stopped that.

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    1. Yes, but we were there for the grand, and she loved it. And, I must confess, I love the sugarfrees---buttered popcorn is awesome. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. OMG, Sandi, I am a Jelly Belly FANATIC! I really need to go to Jelly Beans Anonymous, lol! I think I would have had as good a time as your granddaughter did (she is adorable!). Now I have a reason to visit Wisconsin -- and then there's the cheese, my other weakness. Fun post!

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  3. Oh, my gosh!

    How fun is that to tour the Jelly Belly factory. Now I am craving Jelly Bellies.

    Thanks for sharing this fun with SYC.

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    1. OMG, the buttered popcorn is awesome, I'm hooked on their sugarless ones. LOL, thanks for visiting, Sandi

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  4. Oh boy! What fun... thank you for taking us along. I love this kind of tour.

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    1. It was perfect for the grand, but watching videos of candymaking kinda was a bust for the adults, but fun anyway. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Thank for the fun tour! I've always enjoyed Jelly Bellies' exotic flavours.

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    1. They had bags of mixed upstuff---we bought. Problem is you have no idea what they are, without the pamphlet. Some funky Halloween flavors for sure are 'exotic'. LOL, thanks for stopping by, Sandi

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  6. Dear Sandi:
    I really enjoyed this as we sold Goelitz Candy in our Gourmet Food Pantry at Bernideen's for years. I certainly ate way to many and so did my hubby! Ha! Thanks for sharing and linking.

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  7. My two youngest were big time Jelly Belly lovers. We had so much fun visiting the Jelly Belly factory in CA. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.I'm a convert now, as I loved the sugar frees...buttered popcorn is to die for, lol. Thanks again, Sandi

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And great to meet you, Sandi