This little pitstop was originally not part of our roadtrip, but we found a very enticing flyer about this Jelly Belly factory when we were picking up our car at Hertz a few days ago. They promised a free factory tour and free jelly beans, and it was on our way, so why not!?
The tour was really fun and we got to see a lot of fun jelly-bean-making-machines, but unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures during the tour itself. But we could take as much pictures as we wanted in the Jelly Belly shop. Also, we got to wear awesome hats, we could sample all flavors of Jelly Beans for free at the sample bar, and as promised we got a free bag of Jelly Beans after the tour.
Of course, that wasn't enough for us, we wanted to buy some more Jelly Beans for ourselves and for people in the Netherlands, Yasu bought some chocolate popcorn in their chocolate shop, and we even found huge bean lollipops in Jelly Belly flavors.
Who doesn't love Jelly Belly? It may be the only American candy I really like, all the others are too sweet for me. And when you have a variety of beans it's fun to guess flavors. There are so many flavors to choose from and the flavors come so close to the real thing. Even the group of disgusting flavors, including Baby Wipes, Barf and Boogers (I wonder if these were inspired by Harry Potter's Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans) came close to reality. I only tried Toothpaste, because I'm a wimp, but Yasu tried Barf and he said it was utterly repulsive...
Even though we're not little kids, we felt like little kids in a candy store, actually being in a candy store. Loved it!