While in California we decided to take a field trip. It was sweet. Actually the idea came from my husband's mom who lives in Nova Scotia. She suggested checking out the "free" tour at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. It was just around the corner, it was "free", and it sounded like fun, so we took her up on the idea. There were some sweet looking vehicles outside. Though I liked the RV's the VW Bug was my favorite.
Inside the factory we found some sweet mosaics (I'll share them another time) and lined up for the "free" tour. We were each given a cute little paper hat which we were required to wear during the tour. It was rule number one, I think. Number two, no picture taking on the tour. So sad, but you can find a virtual tour here instead. And rule number three, everyone gets their picture taken with the Jelly Belly guy.
It was a fun tour. James' sister, Kim, was with us and volunteered to taste one of the jelly beans for the group. Of course, this was no ordinary bean... It was a baby wipe flavored treat! At least it wasn't pencil shavings or, worse yet, the failed pepperoni pizza jelly bean that turned out tasting like barf. At the end of the tour we were set loose in the candy store. Those "free" tours are quite the marketing tool. I won't tell you how many pounds of beans made their way home with us, but let me do tell you that those bags of "Belly Flops" are hard to turn down, especially with the number of children we had waiting at home.
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