It's just before Easter weekend. The National Confectioner’s Association estimates that means $2.1 billion worth of Easter candy and chocolates. It's the ideal time to mention that, for a unique experience for corporate events, especially those that are family friendly, event planners should consider candy factory tours. They add the fun factor to just about any event and, fortunately, they are available all over the world.
The best news for event planners seeking to stretch tight budgets is that many candy factory tours are free or of nominal cost.
Butler's Chocolate Experience
If you've ever been curious about what goes on behind the doors of a candy or chocolate factory, Butler's Chocolate is the place to go. Located in Dublin, Ireland, this working factory makes Easter eggs and bunnies, toffee, carmel, truffles, chocolate bars and hot chocolate. The 1-1/2 hour tours, which are offered 3 times a day, include a movie, tour of the chocolate museum and factory, and a hands-on chocolate decorating experience. GBP 13.50
Hammond Candy Factory Tour
Hammond Candy in Denver, Colorado manufacturers a wide variety of candies including chocolate, lollipops, caramel and ribbon candy.
Hammond also makes speciality chocolate bunnies, marshmallow eggs, Halloween candy, candy canes, Hanukkah candies and chocolate hearts.
Factory tours for groups of up to 50 begin every 30 minutes and take place from Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM and 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM on Saturday.
A party room that accommodates up to 16 guests is available for rent.
Reservations are needed for groups of 10 or more. The factory can accommodate Stroller, wheelchairs and walkers. Free.
Jelly Belly Factory Tours
Jelly Belly is one of the foremost manufacturers of jelly beans. Many people don't realize that Jelly Belly also makes Sunkist fruit gems candies.
Walking tours of the working factory where 150 types of jelly beans are manufactured begin at the Fairfield Visitor Center near San Francisco. The Visitor's Center is open on weekdays from AM to 5 PM PT and 40 minute guided tours end at 4 PM.
The facility is not wheelchair accessible. Free.
Chocolate Factory Tours in Europe
For more venues where groups can enjoy tasty treats also read Chocolate Theme Parks, Festivals and Fun Factories and 3 Interactive Event Venues for Chocoholics.