Meet Your Eats: 5 Fantastic Food Factory Tours You Need to Take
Food is one of life’s great indulgences, and there is no better way to appreciate that fact than to embark on a tour of where your favorite snacks are made. Get the scoop behind how each company started and what’s kept them strong in the competitive world of food distribution. In addition to coming out with some insight on the process behind the production of these iconic American foods, you’ll emerge with a snack — reason enough in itself to give these tours a try.
These 5 food factory tours are the best America has to offer. Check them out to learn how your favorite foods are made!
1. Jelly Belly Factory (Fairfield, California)
This factory is as vibrant as the delicious little treats it manufactures. Located in Fairfield, California, the Jelly Belly Factory offers 40-minute walking tours through the premises. Tour guides will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the facilities where more than 150 different types of sweets are manufactured. You’ll learn all the secrets behind the beans — including why it takes over a week to produce each! While you’re here, enjoy the tantalizing aromas of peach, chocolate, cinnamon, or whichever flavors are being cooked up as you visit. Visit the Jelly Belly website for more information.
2. Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory (Hyannis, Massachusetts)
The Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory gets 250,000 visitors annually. Try to stop by for a look at the making of these crispy, salty, and addictive snacks on Cape Cod. Their kettle-cooked crunch is irresistible. See how freshly farmed potatoes turn into finger-friendly snacks in a machine called the Spudnik. These crunchy chips are hand-stirred by the batch, so stop in for a factory-fresh taste and learn how these treats are made. Check out the Cape Cod Chips website for more details.
3. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour (Waterbury, Vermont)
Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is one of the finest dessert indulgences. It may not be doing your diet any favors, but it’s well worth the calories. The factory tour up in Vermont is a can’t-miss opportunity for ice cream aficionados. Learn about how your favorite flavors are made and, of course, receive a generous sample at the tour’s finish. That alone is worth the cost of admission! Learn more about how to plan your visit on the Ben & Jerry’s website.
4. Hershey’s Factory Tour (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour Ride is one adventure you can’t miss. Explore the inner workings of a chocolate manufacturer with this free ride through the Hershey facilities in Hershey, Pennsylvania, “the sweetest place on earth.” In addition to this exciting tour through a chocolate wonderland, enjoy the surrounding theme park. Plus, you get a free candy bar upon exiting. Also, be sure to appreciate the fact that the entire town of Hershey smells like chocolate. More details are available on the Hershey website.
5. Tabasco (Avery Island, Louisiana)
Next time you’re in Louisiana, check out Avery Island’s Tabasco factory to learn about how this pepper sauce is aged in white oak barrels then shipped to destinations throughout the world. The factory facilities contain a 170-acre Jungle Garden where visitors can see a wide variety of azaleas, camellias, and bamboo. Check out the Tabasco website for more information.