Jelly Belly founder gives candy factory in hunt for gold tickets

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Want to win $ 5,000 and a shot at your very own candy factory? David Klein, the founder of the candy company Jelly Belly, no longer owns the business, but is playing the role of Willy Wonka. In a video posted on, Klein reveals that he is hiding “gold tickets” – they look like gold-colored military dog ​​tags in each US state. And one person would win one of Klein’s Florida candy factories. The 4,000-square-foot factory is not a Jelly Belly factory. Klein sold his stake in the company in 1980 and started afresh.

This is not easy when Charlie Bucket finds his golden stamp in author Ronald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. To play, hunters must pay $ 49.98 to help them hunt gold necklaces. Different state riddles will be released on different days starting on Sept 30 of Georgia. Those who pay will be allowed into a private Facebook group about their victim, and each hunt can take part in only 1,000 people.

“We have already hidden a lot (of defeat),” Klein said in the video. After the state lost, Klein says, “We’re going to search for the ultimate treasure, where the winner will get one of our candy factories.” The rules of the competition are stated on the website.

“We’re looking for you Charlie, out there,” Klein said.

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