I checked 2 more items off the Wisconsin Bucket List over the weekend! Yay!
The JElly Belly
We finally checked out the Jelly Belly Factory tour. It’s actually ridiculous it took us 18 months to do that seeing as it is literally less than 10 minutes from our house.
Friday was a PA Day so we drove Daddy to work then went straight there so we arrived at the Jelly Belly
Factory, correction, Warehouse about 20 minutes early and had to sit in the car for a bit (totally worth not taking all 3 kids in and out of cars seats unnecessarily!). The monsters all got antsy after 15 minutes so we got out and walked around outside. Well as soon as we got up to the doors and Miss Monster saw the giant jelly beans floating from the ceiling inside she wouldn’t stop yelling with excitement “My jelly beans! my jelly beans!!” haha :)
The experience started and ended with a bang, but everything down the middle was pretty blah. I was under the impression that it was a factory, but it was actually just a warehouse. The tour (which we were the only ones there for) was just some guy driving around a “train” with us on it and stopping at various stations that consisted of some sort of display of jelly bean packaging, memorabilia, etc. and a a video screen on which they played videos clearly made in the 1950’s about the history of the Jelly Belly Company. The best part of the tour was that every single time they showed a jelly bean or even said the word jelly bean (which you can imagine how often that would come up!) Miss Monster would scream “my jelly beans!!”. The 2 staff running the “train” couldn’t stop laughing. I’m sure she is the most enthusiastic visitor they’ve had, haha.
The tour conveniently drops you off at the Jelly Belly merchandise store, but you do get a free bag of jelly beans to take with you and the store has a free jelly bean tasting bar where you can try every single flavour that they offer. I tried to talk Mr.Monster into tasting booger flavor, but he wouldn’t do it. Each of the kids picked a bag of beans from the store (Middle Monsters picked gummy fish since he doesn’t like jelly beans) and I picked up a bag of Champagne flavour for me and Draft Beer flavour for Daddy. Overall I’d give this about a 2/5, but at least it killed an hour and the kids were happy.
Deep Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds
Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairy Land” and therefor is well known for it’s cheese, including cheese curds. I have had cheese curds in Canada before obviously, poutine! But here they don’t use them for poutine, they don’t even know what poutine is! I noticed a few menus that have had deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds as an app and even a few places offer them as an alternative side dish to fries (win!). We tried making our own a few summers back at the cottage, but the cheese just kept melting out of the breading, so I had to try deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds to see what the secret is.
Looks like the secret is just multiple layers of breading, either way they were delicious!!