The Jelly Belly Factory is only 75-90 minutes from Chicago so it’s a perfect day trip. It is located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin- right across the border from Illinois. I have never been to Wisconsin before so I wanted to check it off my state list and this factory fulfilled that. We were in Chicago for a few days and while I was hunting for things to do I found this. I always thought my trip to Wisconsin would include a cheese factory tour but this was enjoyable.
I felt like I was in the candy store of Willy Wonka during this photo-session. This family comes up with such a variety of photo locations. Last year they did pictures at their neighborhood playground. This year they did them at Sweet Pete’s Candy Store. A family friend had gotten their photos done at Sweet Pete’s as well. So their photos were our inspiration.
We did some of the same spots as their friend and then found some of our own places. We had to ask an employee for help to find one of the spots. All of the employees are so kind at Sweet Pete’s. You’ve heard me rave about Sweet Pete’s before from the three different candy classes I’ve taken there. We did this photo session on a Wednesday with the hope that we wouldn’t have any crowds. A tip an employee gave us was not to come during the first Wednesday of the month because of the crowds from the art walk. We were so lucky not to have a lot of people at the store the same time as us.
After we took photos, the parents had the kids fill up a container with candy to take home. They had so much fun picking out candy. Not only did this family get beautiful family photos they had a fun night together creating family memories. In fact, it was so fun I took my kids to take photos the next day.
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We took a taffy making class at Sweet Pete’s. We made blue strawberry taffy. It had a lot of citric acid for an amazing sour kick. The first class we took was a blow pop class which is no longer offered. They gave us the recipe for the taffy and it’s just sugar, water, corn syrup, butter and cornstarch. It was nice the children were able to participate in pulling and wrapping their taffy.
After the class, we got a scoop of ice cream and let the kids pick a couple of pieces of candy. The store is so bright and happy to walk through. There are so many things to look at that I’m happy just meandering through the store. They decorate it so nicely for each holiday as well.
I think it is so cool that the stone cools the candy.
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