I am not 100% sure how we go the idea to visit the Jelly Belly Distribution Center in Wisconsin. I must have heard/read/seen something and when Daughter was munching thru a bag of Jelly Belly’s in the car I said “Did you know we could go there?” I say stupid stuff like that a lot and nothing ever happens. By default my phone rang right then and jokingly Daughter said “Ask Aunt Em if she want to go to Jelly Belly?” Daughter was laughing hard and thought she was being silly. Ha, Ha, jokes on her! Aunt Em having no clue what the heck is going on said Yes. So we put together a road trip to Jelly Belly and beyond.
Jelly Belly has a Wisconsin Visitors Center in Pleasant Prairie, I didn’t know where that was but its about an hour from Chicago. Very easy to get to off from I-94. They offer free warehouse tours, a sample pack of Jelly Belly’s on the tour and a very large candy store. Whats not to love!!! Free tour, free candy and it’s Jelly Belly.
Daughter likes to act like we drove for miles and hardly survived the trip. Or she is really, really excited to be here.
Aunt Em has to save her and keep her from fainting in excitement. Really my family is just weird, I have no idea what they are doing.
This cute promotional car is parked out front.
We entered the tour area and had a short wait before we set off on our train tour through the warehouse.
This photo is from the Jelly Belly site, I forgot to take a pic of happy people on the train.
Instead I got a too cool tween child in my picture.
The very cool pictures on the walls are made with Jelly beans. They are insane! The tour tells you about how Jelly Bellys are made as you skirt the outside of the giant shipping racks. There are little movies about the history of Jelly Belly and it shows production in its factory.
After the tour and your complementary gift of a little bag of Jelly Bellys you exit into the gift shop. Here you can mix your own bag of favorite flavors. Daughter made a small bag of just chocolate and marshmallow flavored beans. And they sell the discounted Belly Flops!!!!! 2 pounds of sugary goodness. We bought two bags because you don’t want to run out of candy on a road trip!
The warehouse tours are available Daily from 9am to 4pm Central Time. They are not open New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas. The visit is free.