Wonder where candy comes from? Take these sweet candy factory tours
By Aimee Heckel
All this week we’re eating it. Or trying not to eat it. Candy, candy, everywhere.
Ever wonder where it comes from? The history and production of many of our favorite candies are actually pretty fascinating — enough to organize a trip around, in fact.
Here are some of our favorite candy factory tours around the world.
Old-fashioned sweets: Cerretta Candy Company in Glendale, Ariz.
In this family-owned chocolate shop, history and tradition are as rich as the chocolate. Take a tour and see how the candy is still made fresh daily, all right on site. There is a special chocolate kitchen. A carmel kitchen. A cream centers kitchen.
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Sweet and popular: The Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, Calif.
Take a 40-minute walking tour of the factory where the 150-plus tasty jelly beans are created — and why it takes more than a week to make each jelly bean. Best of all: These sweet tours are free and run throughout the day every 15 minutes. Attention extreme sugaraholics: You can order a souvenir photo of your tour.
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