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Friday, March 2, 2012

Jelly Belly

No, this is not a post about weight loss, although it could apply to my need to get in better shape. This is about a great afternoon out with my honey and my baby girl (she is actually 11). We had a fun, and educational day at the Jelly Belly factory...and here it is...


Unfortunately, someone had to hold the camera...and we were it! Here we are out front with the huge Jelly Belly balloon..
Cliff and Amelia
Me and Amelia
When it was Amelia's turn to take a pic, we had her count to three...and then  totally "grossed her out"!!!.....
Lay one on me Baby!
...Apparently, parents aren't supposed to kiss...too bad!
Once inside we were in Jelly Belly heaven...
Even on the ceiling...
Jelly Belly's everywhere!
Yummy Samples
NOT so yummy samples
Jelly Belly offers free tours everyday, all day....with free samples...Yum!
Our tour started with the art gallery, which was amazing. Artists from all over the world have contributed their talents to make incredible art made from Jelly Belly beans....
Jelly beans...really?
How much time to do this?
So awesome....look at it close up...next pic
How did a jelly bean get so famous? This is just one of the tidbits we learned on our tour. Apparently, Governor Ronald Reagan had to have Jelly Belly jelly beans at all government meetings. He wrote the company to express his thanks. When Ronald Reagan became president, Jelly Belly made a new flavor, blueberry, so they could present President Reagan with a red, white, and blue jar of Jelly Belly beans. 
The Jelly Belly was an overnight sensation....who knew! 
2 Famous people....and the Reagans
After this we had to put our cameras away...no pics in the work areas...so sad!
Facts I learned at Jelly Belly:
** A Jelly Belly bean has 4 calories...not too bad if you can only eat one
** The #1 selling Jelly Belly is....Very Cherry....#2, Buttered popcorn...#3, Licorice
** The factory makes 20 million Jelly Belly beans a day...or 80,000,000 calories
** 10,000 lbs of cornstarch is used each day....that could cause a playdoh shortage
After the tour we hit the gift store, and the fudge store...we found lots of goodies like...
Jelly Belly bean bag friends
Great Pillows
Shirts
Watches
Lunch boxes...
Water bottles
Keychains
Bags for whatever
The Fudge shop....who can resist fudge?
We had a great time and even got a free sample box of Jelly Belly beans on our way out...I only had one complaint, and it is not a complaint unique to Jelly Belly.


We had to use the restroom on our way out and although it was very clean...it had those annoying automatic toilets. I know this is a pet peeve of mine and you probably couldn't care less, but I despise these "green" potties. With every movement, the darn thing flushes...OR....it won't flush at all and you have to search for the tiny magic button. Does anyone else have anger issues associated with automatic potties? 
Not exactly the way I planned on ending this post, butt but it bothered me enough to take a pic, so it can't be just me...right? 
So this post doesn't seem too disjointed, I offer you the idea that the potty and jelly beans have been put together before... "pooping" jelly bean dispenser...
NOT my idea!

5 comments:

Melissa said...

Very cool. And the bright colors of Jelly Belly are so cheery! We have the automatic pottys at work. I am so spoiled that sometimes I forget to flush when am using a public restroom! I can't be expected to do it mYself can I? I'm a busy girl! Lol!

Lori Stokes Wright said...

Hilarious, Lori!!!! Thanks for sharing your tour, love the kissing picture. And, yes, I knew the Jelly Belly story with President Regan, ('course I am 45 and remember him well). ~Hugs, Lori

Alicia @ The Creative Vault said...

This brought back such good memories! We would go to the Jelly Belly factory all the time! Thanks for stopping by The Creative Vault. I'm your newest follower!

Dirt Princess said...

I am GREEN with envy! Jelly Belly heaven! Man oh man.i have been a lover of popcorn jb's plus so many other flavors for years! I had no clue i had helped make popcorn the #2 flavor. I absolutely loved this post....now i am craving jelly belly's

Louise Edu said...

Aww my girls would love to go there! And my oldest daughter, Annalise, would totally agree with you on the automatic toilet. She is 5 and is completely terrified of them! My poor girl =( Also, what a coincidence, my youngest daughter is named Amelia...but we call her Mia =)