Top Food Factory Tours in America Slideshow
Addicted to jelly beans? Then the Jelly Belly Factory tour is a dream come true. Located about an hour north of San Francisco, the Jelly Belly factory hosts 40-minute walking tours. Visitors get to see how the candy giant creates many of its over 150 different treats, and see how each bean is made. Fun fact: It takes over a week to make a single jelly bean!
The wheelchair-accessible tour is free and open every day. For more details, click here.
Jelly Belly Factory
Cape Cod Potato Chips first opened its factory doors to the public in 1985 and currently boasts over 250,000 visitors each year. Beginning as an 800-square-foot location in Hyannis, Mass., Cape Cod products are now sold across the nation and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
The free, self-guided tour is open Monday through Friday. For more information, click here.
Cape Cod Potato Chip Factory
Ever wondered what exactly is in your teabag? Now you can find out! Offering free 45-minute tours daily, the Celestial Seasonings tea plant shows visitors exactly how herbs and spices become the comforting cups of tea we have grown to love. Guests enjoy free samples of each tea made by the company, and also visit the gallery, which houses the original artwork from their tea boxes.
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Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour
Phish Food, Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey – come visit the home of these iconic ice cream flavors at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory tour. Started by childhood friends, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, this company exploded into an international success. Learn how a Penn State correspondence course on ice cream making turned into one of the most beloved ice cream companies in the world. The daily tours are 30 minutes long and include a sample of the flavor of the day. Yum!
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From potato chips to pretzels, Utz has it all. Visitors get to watch snack production from beginning to end at the over 600,000-square-foot facility. The tour, guided by an audio program and TV monitors, allows visitors to move at their own pace. Be sure to check out the Outlet Store, located two blocks from the factory. Stocked daily, the shop houses nearly every product made by Utz.
Tours are available Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4pm. To learn more, click here.
If you can’t live without cheese, you can’t miss the Cabot tour. For $2, visitors get to watch the cheese being made. Guests learn about Cabot’s origins, Vermont agriculture, and the cheese-making process. Samples of various cheeses—including Cabot’s World’s Best Cheddar and Best Flavored Cheddar are provided after the tour, which is open daily.
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Craving cheesecake? Make The Golden Girls proud and head over to Eli’s, where a “Tasting and Traditions” presentation is offered daily. The free program includes company history, a decorating demonstration, and a tasting of cheesecakes. Bakery tours are on hiatus until further notice as Eli prepares for the future, so make sure to visit again when the tour is up and running.
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This free tour is an experience for all of your senses. Head to this northeastern factory, and inhale the aroma of fresh chocolate as you watch its creation and indulge in free samples. Although Lake Champlain Chocolates began with truffles, its product line now includes hot chocolate and caramels, among other items.
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Want to learn what makes a pretzel brown or how tortilla chips get their seasoning? Check out this educational tour that’s great for the whole family. Visitors will learn about the history of the company and watch as factory workers create tasty Herr’s products. After the one-hour tour, stop by the snack bar and grab lunch. The free tours need to be scheduled, so be sure to call ahead.
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Have a giant sweet tooth? Head to the Sweet’s factory and enjoy the 40-minute tour, which ends in the outlet store. Sweet’s Candy has been making candy for over 120 years and produces everything from chocolates to cinnamon bears. Reservations are required, so call to make an appointment—just don’t tell your dentist.
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Want to learn the secret to making delicious hard candy? Visit Hammond’s Candies, which is known its oversized candy canes, ribbon candy, and lollipops. On the Hammond’s Candies tour, guests will learn candy history, Colorado history, and even science. The free tour lasts 30 minutes and is wheel-chair accessible.
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Chocolate lovers, hop on the free Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour ride to learn how the company came to be and how Hershey’s chocolate is made. The reward? Free samples, of course. Afterward, head over to the create-your-own-candy-bar-station where guests can use real factory equipment to make popular treats. What more could you possibly ask for?
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