Jellybeans as Art
Have you heard of Jelly Belly® jellybeans? They’re those gourmet jellybeans which gained notoriety during the Reagan presidencies. The Jelly Belly factory is located right outside Sacramento, California and is a fun place to stop en route to Northern California destinations. There’s a tour where you can watch the working factory in motion, making up the jellybeans. Not to be missed is the Jelly Belly Candy Store where you can purchase large bags of Belly Flops—misshapen jellybeans which don’t meet the aesthetic quality control standard, but are every bit as flavorful as the perfectly shaped jellybeans (and at a reduced price!).
Best part of the tour, however, is being able to see the large murals hanging on the factory walls. Colorful and detailed, these works of art are entirely made up from jellybeans. It is mosaic art with jelly beans as the medium. There are portraits of famous people, most notably Ronald Reagan; and reproductions of famous paintings and iconic images. Given the wide color palette of Jelly Bellys, the shading in the murals is subtle, enhancing the realism of the images. Definitely worth a visit if you’re traveling through Northern California!