FAIRFIELD, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For the candy lover who seeks the exclusive and personal travel experience Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield, Calif., has announced the opening of a behind-the-scenes factory tour. The new tour guides visitors onto the floor of the factory for an up close and personal experience like no other. Limited to six participants, the Jelly Belly University Tour gives fans a real education on how the candy is made and lets them taste treats fresh off the line. The tour begins when visitors don white coats, gloves and hairnets before setting out on the tour. After all this is a real working factory and cleanliness has the highest priority. Soon they find themselves in the heart of the candy making and watch while master confectioners create the shell on a Jelly Belly bean. At the end of the one-hour tour visitors are awarded a Degree of Beanology T-shirt and a discount card for shopping in the store. The new tours are by advance reservation only through http://www.JellyBelly.com, click on Visit Jelly Belly from the home page. The price is $47 per person. Children must be 6 years or older to enroll. Jelly Belly University tours are available Monday through Friday. Pants and closed toe shoes are required. Wheel chair accessible. "We've had many requests over the years from visitors who were looking for a private tour. We began developing and testing this new Jelly Belly University tour last fall and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. It's a great thing to do with your family for a special occasion or to make a vacation especially memorable," said John Jamison, director of retail for Jelly Belly. The company's main tour remains in operation on the elevated walkway daily from 9 am to 4 pm, and is free with no reservation necessary. Visitors learn how the jelly bean got its name, why it takes up to 21 days to make a Jelly Belly bean, and what happens to the billions of beans the company will produce this year. The retail store carries more than 200 candies produced by Jelly Belly Candy Company, Jelly Belly trinkets, gifts and the famous Belly Flops, Jelly Belly bean "seconds." Jelly Belly University Tours run Monday through Friday by advance reservation. Free tours operate Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The factory makes candy Monday through Friday. On weekends the tours of the factory are "quiet." Tour information is available by calling the tour information line (800) 953-5592. No reservations are necessary for the free tours. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Jelly Belly Candy Company is a family-owned and operated company now in its fifth generation of candymaking. The company makes the famous Jelly Belly jelly beans and over 100 other specialty candies at its headquarters in Fairfield, Calif., and in North Chicago, Ill. The company also offers free public tours at its Wisconsin Warehouse in Pleasant Prairie, near Kenosha. More information is available at JellyBelly.com.
SOURCE Jelly Belly Candy Company