Ever since the first production of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, it seems there are millions of people who would love to see a candy factory up close and personal. Indeed, there are plenty of food factories that are open for regular public viewing. There are also millions who traffic through the factories on guided tours, enjoying free samples and interesting innovations, as well as up close and personal viewing of the steps of production.
By taking a tour of Herr’s, you may just receive an answer to some of life’s unanswerable questions.
For, example, how do the pretzel’s get so brown? Herr’s snack Factory in Nottingham, Pennsylvania is frequently visited by visitors as factory workers busily make our future snacks. The free tour runs for an hour Monday-Friday and there is also a chance to taste test at the end of the tour.
Dr. Pepper also offers guided tours, located in Dublin Texas. The tours last for 30 minutes and cost only $2. This is a great place to take a field trip and learn about bottling plants in general. The Dr. Pepper factory is on of the oldest bottling plants still around. it is made with pure cane sugar instead of the typical syrup found in most sodas.
Another fun food field trip is regularly occurring in Boulder Colorado. Boulder is the home of Celestial Seasonings Tea. The sleepy bear logo has given this tea company fame and fortune. Their product is also well known and well liked. The tea factory pumps out approximately 8 million tea bags each day. Celestial Seasonings also offers free tours throughout the year. Visitors get the chance to roam through the art gallery and discover the original designs and paintings on all of the Celestial boxes. There are also free samples of more than 50 varieties of tea.
The Celestial Seasonings Tea factory also includes an herb Garden which gives a sneak peak at some of the herbs and botanical that give Celestial Seasonings its extra flare. Visitors to the factory must be at least 5 years old.
One of the favorite food places to tour would have to be Ben & Jerry’s factory. Ben & Jerry’s fame has been achieved through an eclectic array of styles and flavors imparted into one of America’s favorite all time foods.
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream creations have achieved world wide renown for their unique taste and mixture of flavors. The factory tour located in Waterbury, Vermont is family friendly and educational.
The tour of Ben & Jerry’s factory includes a 7 minute moo-vie that explains how Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield turned an inexpensive course in ice cream making into a multi million dollar production. The pair started the business when they were practically children and it has clearly gained much success.
The tour of Ben & Jerry’s also gives visitors the chance to see how the dozens of ice cream flavors are specially made and manufactured. They also give tours on select flavors from Cherry Garcia to Chunky Monkey.
The tastiest part of the tour takes place in the FlavoRoom where guests get to try delicious samples of the day. Tickets are only $3 for adults and kids 12 and under get in free. The tours operate year-round during weekday regular business hours.
Another fun filled food tour is in Battle Creek, Michigan. This town is known for its cereal expertise. Kellogg’s Cereal City is located in Battle Creek and is also available for touring. The city gives guided tours which reveal cereal creation secrets and production methods. Guests are shown the production process to see how corn flakes are made as well as sample some of the results. Also, each visitor gets to take home a box of Frosted Flakes with their picture on it! The Cereal City Factory is open daily weekdays. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.
Another fun place to tour is located in Avery Island, Louisiana. Avery Island is home to Tabasco Pepper sauce. Visitors can see how the Tabasco is aged in oak barrels until it is later bottled, packaged and sent all over the world on a guided tour. The island is surrounded by marshes which include all sorts of interesting wildlife, including American alligators and Black Bears. The island also claims to be Tabasco homegrown at its best.
The tour is available year round and only costs $1.
Ever wondered how those famous Jelly Bellies are made? The sweet and creatively gourmet treat is mass produced at the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California. 40 minute tours led by guides will give you the chance to see your favorite sweet treat up close and personal. The variety of flavors and production process are just portions of the candy tour. Visitors learn why it takes more than one week to produce a single bean.
The Jelly Belly Factory also includes a visitor center where you can taste any of the Jelly Belly candies at the sample bar. There is also a cafe which includes jelly-bean shaped pizza. Tours of the factory run all year around during business hours.
Another food fun location is in Atlanta, Georgia. The World of Coca-Cola holds more than 1,200 artifacts relating to the Coca-Cola beverage which remains the world’s most popular soft drink. The World of Coca-Cola is actually an indoor attraction which entices more than 10 million visitors since it opened in 1990. The Coca-Cola museum is open seven days a week and tickets cost $9 for adults and $5 for children.
For more of a Willy Wonka Factory experience, try visiting Hammond’s Candy Tour in Denver, Colorado.
Candy is made the same way it was more than 80 years ago. The candy is hand-pulled and hand-twisted. Hammond’s is famous for their candy canes, lollipops, ribbon candy and chocolate. Free tours of the factory are given Monday through Saturday.
Another Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory look-alike is Hershey’s chocolate World located in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Guests get the chance to watch how cocoa beans become milk chocolate on the Great American Chocolate Tour. Visitors also package their own Hershey’s Kisses on a real production line. Hershey’s product characters come to life in a fabulous 3-D musical performance. There are also internal chocolaty restaurants. The factory is open daily, year-round. Admission is free, however there are prices for some of the factory’s individual attractions to be made aware of.