Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Getting our bellies jellied

Note: these posts will probably not be in sequential order all the time.

The Jelly Belly Factory
Solano Business Park
One Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA 94533

July 7, 2011--It was busy today! The wait to get in for the free tour was 2 hours. The kids were getting kind of squirrely because we were waiting for so long. We saw the guy/gal dressed up in the very cherry Jelly Belly costume and Ian ran up to him/her and hugged him/her really hard thinking that the suit was made of foam, but it was actually one of the kind of made of parachute material with a fan to blow it up so he scared the Mr. Jelly Belly. We took turns waiting in line while the rest of us went in the gift shop and tried different flavors at the sample bar. I chose mango chili, crushed pineapple, and mango to make their pineapple mango salsa “recipe.” You were allowed to try three different flavors. They put the beans into your hand by using a scoop that only had room for one bean. There were mosaics made of Jelly Bellies of Ronald Regan, Princess Diana, John Wayne, Elvis, Amelia Earheart, Donald Duck, and lots of presidents. The tour was pretty cool. We learned the history of the Goelitz Candy Company and how Jelly Bellies were invented. We also saw how Jelly Bellies were made from start to finish. The tour guide passed out free samples of Jelly Bellies in their various stages of production and a small bag of assorted flavors. So even though we had to wait in line for a couple hours, the tour was totally neat.

There are 50 official flavors: berry blue, blueberry, bubble gum, buttered popcorn, cantaloupe, cappuccino, caramel corn, chili mango, chocolate pudding, cinnamon, coconut, cotton candy, A&W cream soda, crushed pineapple, Dr. Pepper, French vanilla, green apple, island punch, juicy pear, kiwi, Sunkist lemon, lemon drop, lemon lime, licorice, Sunkist lime, mango, margarita, mixed berry smoothie, Sunkist orange, orange sherbet, peach, pina colada, Sunkist pink grapefruit, plum, pomegranate, raspberry, red apple, A&W root beer, sizzling cinnamon, sour cherry, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry daiquiri, strawberry jam, Sunkist tangerine, toasted marshmallow, top banana, tutti-fruitti, very cherry, watermelon, and wild blackberry. My favorites of these are toasted marshmallow, lemon drop, Sunkist grapefruit, juicy pear, cotton candy, coconut, and watermelon. My least favorite flavors and tutti-fruitti and island punch. The four most popular flavors are very cherry, buttered popcorn, licorice, and juicy pear. They also had some funny bean boozled flavors that look like regular Jelly Bellies: skunk spray, pencil shavings, rotten egg, toothpaste, canned dog food, barf, booger, moldy cheese, baby wipes, and centipede. Ian’s favorite is watermelon, Collin’s is juicy pear, and Aidan’s is red apple. April’s favorite are the chocolate dipped flavors.

Collin’s mom goes whenever she has grandkids visiting and said that usually the wait for the free tour is only 15 minutes. That must be when school is still in session. Now I’ve eaten so many jelly beans that I feel a little sick. At least I know that they try to use as much natural flavoring as they can in the slurry that makes up the center and the coating.

We were all pretty tired so April picked up some sandwiches from:

Mr. Pickles
6350 Folsom Blvd., #300
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 454-3706

They were super fresh, hot, and awesome. I ate the Tuna Tuna two days after it had been bought and sitting in the fridge and it was hands down the best tuna sandwich I've ever had. Here are the ones she ordered:

triple decker of bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato

The Mr. Pickle
chicken breast, bacon, avocado, and jack cheese

Tuna Tuna
tuna salad with swiss cheese, avocado and cucumber

I think I'll go there again the next chance I get so I can try some different ones. I really love their San Francisco style bread.