Fairfield California is home to the Jelly Belly Factory and they are open for free tours every day from 9am till 4pm. You can get up-close-and-personal look at their candy manufacturing factory.
It is best to come on the weekday as thats when their factory is operating.
Tour Begins Here
The tour starts off in the lobby of the main building close to the store.
As you begin the tour, you’ll get a Jelly Belly hate to wear for the duration of the tour.
The viewing area is above the factory, so you can watch the whole process end to end. You’ll also get the learn about the factory and the history behind Jelly Belly.
What I noticed instantly was how clean and organized the factory is, everything had it’s place and it’s tidy.
Each room you go into has a different stage of a Jelly Belly.
Watching everyone put together the final product was so interesting like it was an episode of Food Factory of the Food Network. They were on the show a few years ago too.
I definitely have a few found appreciation for Jelly Belly jelly beans because it’s quite a process to get them ready for the consumer.
Along the way, you’ll see some art made out of many Jelly Belly candies.
There are a few games you can play throughout the tour, one of the is Bean Blitz where you try to prevent the Jelly Belly jelly beans from entering the net.
End of the Tour Treat
AT the end of the tour, everyone is given a pack of Jelly Belly jelly beans to take home with them. All complimentary, which is a nice touch.
The Gift Shop is at the entrance and there are tons of items to buy here from the famous Bean Boozled, which was a huge hit to stuffed animals and mugs.
One section that everyone loves is the Sample Bar where you can sample all their flavours. You have more traditional flavours and then the more extreme ones like spoiled milk and barf.
Of course I tried the worst flavours imaginable, but they were not as bad as what I had thought.
They also have an area where they sell the deformed Jelly Belly jelly beans that just didn’t make it to the final product. They also have some discontinued items there for a cheap price.
They do have a Jelly Belly Cafe with lunch options. I came here really early in the morning, so no one needed lunch yet.
Jelly Belly Gallery
There is also more art in their gallery made out of Jelly Belly jelly beans.
Overall, it’s like a kids dreaming coming here. Jelly Belly is such a big brand that I couldn’t leave San Francisco without coming here. It is a pretty long drive from Downtown San Francisco, but if you have a car, it’s not too bad to get here. The best part about coming here is that the tour is free, you get a pack of Jelly Belly jelly beans for free and you can do as many samples as you like.
Jelly Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA