Jelly Belly producer launches Willy Wonka-inspired scavenger hunt for ‘Gold Ticket’


David Klein, the eccentric man who is credited with the concept of the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean brand in 1976 and who now runs a lesser-known company called Candyman Kitchen, wants to give the world some joy this miserable election season. is. And it is a scavenger hunt for “gold tickets” with the grand prize being one of its “candy factories”.

News details about the Klein’s golden ticket hunt, and awards, have already gained some traction despite seeming too vague. The gist is that every state in the US will have a Golden Dog-tag on hidden “tickets”, and participants can pay $ 50 to get the Riddle for the state that would likely lead them to find the Golden Ticket. Each ticket-finding winner will reportedly receive $ 5,000 according to a video Klein posted on this newly created website for the competition, but then a grand-prize winner will be chosen, who will be selected for their own candy factory Will be gifted – not a Jelly Belly plant, thank you note, but one of Klein’s Candiman kitchen locations.

As LA Times detailed in a 2011 piece about Klein and his comeback, Klein sold the Jelly Belly brand to the Bay Area-based Herman Goelitz Candy Company, which was manufacturing its own jelly beans Because he first considered for high. -Candy candy, about 40 years ago. That company, now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company, is located in Fairfield in Solo County, the second factory in the Chicago area and Klein has no stake in it.

Klein’s website for the company indicates that it sells novelty sweets like Sandy Candy (TM) – flavored candy sand that can be layered in clear plastic vials – and something called Bible Candy, which is just candy sand Labeling for which there are printed Bible verses with stickers. Nowhere else does it indicate that Candiman is the physical location for the kitchen. (The operation does not appear on the surface, like it would require more than one manufacturing facility, but what do I know?)

Klein seems to have always had a weird sensation with his candy-making ideas, and the LA Times piece talked about how he was making candy urine samples, and anatomically correct gummy hearts. Red “blood” when you bite at them. The Candyman Kitchen site reveals that he is still selling candy “blood clots” in “crime scene vials”, and the Bible candy appears to come in red with a label that says “Blood of Jesus” . “

Image via Candyman Kitchen

Of course, none of these details are buoyed by announcements about the scavenger hunt on ABC 7 and Fox News. You can own your own candy company! Like in Willy Wonka!

Anyway, Klein was always a showman, and at the age of 73 he does not lose the desire to create a stir. Above is the explanatory video, with someone, who may be his daughter, doing something quickly. “The world needs it at the moment, we have received thousands of comments from people who say it has come at exactly the right time,” Klein ABC7.

And it should be noted, Klein has no connection with Herman Rowland Sr., the Republican CEO of the Fairfield Jelly Belly Company, who threw a fundraiser for Rick Santorum a few years ago and the safety and adjustment of trans children Had also donated money for in schools.

Below is a documentary about Klein that appeared a decade ago by Klein’s son Burt – who told the LA Times that he had a better understanding of his father’s story when he had children of his own Wanted