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Sugar High

Victor came to visit me in California for 10 days so I had an itinerary of fun trips planned (I may have gone on most of these in third and fourth grade). First up: the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, which is about 45 minutes from Sacramento, where we got to see and eat Ronald Regan’s favorite snack.

And yes, they are located at One Jelly Belly Lane. The great thing about the Jelly Belly Factory is the free tour. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and at the end you get a free bag of jelly beans. You get to see how they make jelly beans. The factory is open weekly for 5 days, 24 hours each day and produces about 30,000 pounds of jelly beans every 8 hours.

It feels a little Wonka-ish on the inside.

So everything is free, but then, at the end of the tour is the shop. And there are so many flavors from martini to mango chili. I may have bought some jelly beans. The great thing about the factory store: belly flops. These are two pound bags of jelly beans that were not shaped correctly or stamped and are sold at a much lower price. I drove home on a sugar low.

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