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Monday, 11 August 2008

Robert Heinlein quoted it. Milton Friedman wrote about it. And they were right. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

Took the kids on the Jelly Belly Factory Tour. It was a really interesting tour. We learned that they make 140,000 jelly belly beans A DAY and that their jelly beans differ from other beans because the inside contains flavour. Other jelly beans have a plain, uncolored pectin center that is sweetened with sugar. Who knew.

The tour is free and really is quite substantial. It lets out in the candy shoppe where visitors are encouraged to taste samples. Those really are free.

But this free excursion ended up costing about $62.00. The souvenir picture looked really cute. And they don’t tell you the price until after you decide that you like it. It was lunch time and I figured we might as well just eat at the Jelly Belly Cafe. It was without question the worst food we’d eaten on this entire trip. And really, a jelly belly bean-shaped pizza is just a slice of pizza. And in this case, a really bad slice of pizza.

One of those ideas that it better left on the drawing board.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 12 August 2008 7:03 pm

    ya know we have a jelly belly factory near us too. i’ve never been but i hear it’s a good place to buy the jelly bellies that didn’t make it into the “good bags” — misshapen, etc…for cheap!

    but i didn’t even know they had a cafe!

    oh well, you live you learn:-)

  2. Frume Sarah permalink
    Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:10 pm

    They are called “Jelly Flops.” Isn’t that cute?

    And I believe that the Wisconsin location is a packaging and distribution center and not an actual factory. However the tour looks great!

    See here:

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