Thursday, July 21, 2011

Like kids in a candy store...

Yes, it was finally time for our tour of the Jelly Belly Factory....yippee!!
Don't Gerry and Chris look excited!!
I know I couldn't wipe that grin off my face...now I know it isn't as exciting as say... the Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory...but let's face it...not much is!!
Right when you walk inside...there's a tribute to President Ronald Reagan...he loved his Jelly Bellies...now I know why he was so popular!! This picture is all made of jelly beans...pretty cool...
There was a display with all sorts of things, including thank you letters from the President for sending a monthly box of Jelly Bellies...oh I want a monthly box of Jelly Bellies...OK...enough of Willie Wonka references...
We went through the tasting line...this is like wine tasting from yesterday...only no glasses...
There were all sorts of different kinds of jelly beans...Harry Potter was quite popular...I'll pass on the dirt and ear wax Jelly Bellies...thank you very much...
How about your favorite soda in a neat little bean...
We settled for these...these are the Belly Flops...quite a reasonable price...the same great taste...just weird random shapes...seconds...but oh so delicious!
There was even a chocolate shop...OK...I'm feeling a bit faint now...
Chocolate in all sorts of shapes...dinosaurs...
Doggies...
And the newest creation...Chocolate Dips...Chris bought some of these...but I'm not too sure about my bean dipped in chocolate...I'm a purist!
This one had me staring...and if I could have found a sales person who wasn't busy...well...that wouldn't be pretty...me...these...lots of these...they were about the size of a cupcake...huge mounds of goodness...let's just say I made it out the door without consuming my weight in sugar...
Now for something completely different...and healthy...thank you very much...after that sugar rush...I could use this place...
This is an Olive oil store near by...this was an eye opening experience for me...after listening to the owners and makers of the oils and vinegars...I have a whole new respect for this oil...I also learned a new way to introduce this oil into my diet...drink it...yes...you heard me...you drink 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil twice a day...an hour before meals...it lowers your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides...and the couple who were the testers for the trial even lost about 20 pounds a piece! Yes...they lost weight! It has something to do with the way the olive oil is pressed and there is a number on the bottle you need to look for...we got the one with the highest health benefit and from now on...we drink our olive oil daily! I'll let you know how it works when I have my next blood work done...I can't wait!
We went back to the house and had a bit of a rest and then got changed for dinner and a concert with friends...We drove out to Winters where we went to the Buckhorn for delicious steaks. Then across the street to The Palms for a concert with the Kerrie Carr Band...she was really good...sort of country rock...I enjoyed it alot...Winters was a cute little town...I'd like to go back there on our next trip up north for a day trip...there was even a quilt shop, but it was closed by the time I noticed it...next time...tomorrow...I will show you more of our trip...
Until then...enjoy your day, my friends!!

7 comments:

Kris said...

Oh my, I would have gone nuts in there! Is your husband a twin?

mountain mama said...

fun! love to explore places! especially yummy ones :)

Holly said...

I'm getting jealouser and jealouser. That's a word. Mis-shaped Jelly Bellies?? Sign me up for those! My favorite flavor is the pear. Love them!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

That is so fascinating about the olive oil. What is the type you should drink? I would love to know. The JB factory how fun. Love the Ronald Reagan portrait.

Beverly said...

What a great trip you had. I love Jelly Bellies. My all time favorite is Root Beer, but I like most of them. Ronald Regans Jelly Belly portrait is amazing.
I went to an olive oil and vinegar store in Sonoma a few years ago and tasted them with bread. So delicious. I learned about drinking it too, but have never done that. The bottles I bought are so pretty on my counter, I haven't opened them.
I do drink vinegar though. Supposed to be good for arthritis.(I have to have it with a tsp. of sugar though).

Traci said...

I had no idea there was a Jelly Bellie museum!

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