Congratulations to Fairfield’s Jelly Belly Factory! USA Today revealed (Aug, 2015) that Jelly Belly landed in the Top 10 Best Food Factory Tours contest, part of the company’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.
After over three weeks of voting, which began in July and concluded Aug. 17, 2015, the public vote placed Jelly Belly at #9 on the list. Other Top 10 winners include Herr’s Snack Factory, TABASCO Pepper Sauce Factory, Hershey’s Chocolate World and Pez Visitor Center. Boudin Bakery in San Francisco also made the list, at number 10. 10Best.com is a division of USA Today Travel that offers information on places to go and things to do around the nation. It’s Readers Choice Awards highlight a variety of categories related to travel for the public to vote on.
10Best had this to say about Fairfield’s Jelly Belly Factory: “This Fairfield, Calif., factory tour smells sweet and will leave your pockets full of free jelly beans. Ever wondered how they make Jelly Bellies taste like buttered popcorn, coffee or root beer? Did you know it takes more than a week to make each jelly bean? Watch the bean-making behind the scenes in this free, 40-minute walking tour. During weekdays, a guide will show you how the factory works (and you will leave with an optional souvenir photo to buy). For an even more in-depth tour, sign up for the one-hour Jelly Belly University tour, a small-group tour into the heart of the factory. On weekends and holidays, the factory shuts down, but visitors can still tour the facility and watch educational videos.” The Fairfield Jelly Belly Factory is located at 1 Jelly Belly Lane and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free daily tours are offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. While visiting the factory, make sure to stop in the visitor’s center, where you can taste every Jelly Belly flavor at the sample bar or purchase jelly beans, candy, fudge or chocolate to take home. If you’re looking for a different flavor, check out Jelly Belly’s Chocolate and Wine Pairing experience upstairs, featuring chocolate made at Jelly Belly and delicious wines from Fairfield’s Suisun Valley. There is also a non-alcoholic version too! Visit www.jellybelly.com to find a calendar of upcoming activities. The factory’s popular Candy Palooza celebration is Sept. 26 and 27. Plan your visit today!”
The top 10 winners in the category Best Food Factory Tour: Herr’s Snack Factory – Nottingham, Penn. TABASCO® Pepper Sauce Factory – Avery Island, La. Hammond’s Candies Factory – Denver Hershey’s Chocolate World – Hershey, Penn. Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory – Boulder, Colo. PEZ Visitor Center – Orange, Conn. Cabot Visitor Center – Cabot, Vt. Greenwell Kona Coffee Farms – Kealakekua, Hawaii Jelly Belly Visitor Center – Fairfield, Calif. Boudin Bakery – San Francisco A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Eric Grossman, Megy Karydes, M. Linda Lee (10Best), Akila McConnell (The Road Forks), Larry Olmsted (Great American Bites) and Kim Sunee were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of food and travel. Other nominated factory tours included Ben & Jerry’s Factory, Bob’s Red Mill World Headquarters, Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Cooper’s Mill, Goody’s Chocolates, Snyder’s of Hanover Bakery, Tillamook Cheese Factory, Utz Factory and World of Coca-Cola.