If there’s one thing that foodies really enjoy, it’s seeing their favorite treats come straight from the source. And if there’s one thing kids love, it’s free chocolate. Cully Schneider rounds up five food-factory favorites across the U.S. for a fun, family-friendly spring-break experience.
Jelly Belly Candy Factory
Brought to you by the folks who firmly believe that buttered-flavored popcorn is a dessert, the Jelly Belly Candy Factory in Fairfield, California tells the story of how they make more than 150 sweet treats. Did you know that more than a week is devoted to making one Jelly Belly bean? Enjoy the fun and colorful atmosphere with gigantic model jelly beans hanging from the ceiling. Tip: Go on a weekday since the candy-making machines aren’t in production on weekends and holidays. For an even closer look at the process, take the Jelly Belly University Tour which gets you up-close access to the inner workings of the factory ($47, including the hair net). If you happen to be in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, visit their Jelly Belly factory warehouse train tours. Click here for more information.