If you’re planning on taking a road trip this summer, don’t miss the opportunity to see how some of America’s favorite items are made at these fun factories.
Where: Fairfield, Calif.
Find out how jelly beans in 50 different official flavors are made at Jelly Belly—and why it takes up to three weeks to make just one bean. A stop here is full of jelly-bean-themed activities, food, and art; Reader’s Digest once called this “The Best Factory Tour in America.”
Where: Hyannis, Mass.
Take a self-guided look into the construction of these kettle-cooked potato chips with a legendary crunch. Find out how the company uses natural ingredients and fresh flavors, combined with a hand-stirred kettle process to achieve that classic taste.
Where: York, Pa. & Menomonee Falls, Wisc.
The premier American motorcycle company offers free tours in two locations, where you can see assembly lines, showrooms, and more. Tickets are first-come, first-serve, so hog-lovers should show up on the early side.
Where: Irwindale, Calif.
Producers of the famous Sriracha sauce with a rooster on it, Huy Fung has been on a hot streak for years. Schedule a tour to see how they make all of their delicious hot sauces, get a free gift, and hear the inspirational story of Huy Fung’s founder.
Where: Boulder, Colo.
Find out what’s in that tea bag. This company is home to a cornucopia of spices and aromas. Enjoy free samples of any tea you like, then browse the extensive collection of original tea-box artwork in the gallery. Hot tip: Don’t miss the famous mint room.
Where: Henderson, Nev.
Forrest Mars, the man who brought you the Mars Bar, named this candy factory after his mother, who was said to have been one sweet lady. Watch and learn what goes into the Mars family recipes, stroll around the garden (which contains more than 300 species of cacti), and pick up some treats for the road.
Where: Greenacres, Fla.
See what chocolate looks like from above, as you and your children or grandchildren watch the entire chocolate-making process from large glass windows overlooking the work-floor of this chocolate-maker. Factory hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gardens are open seasonally.
Where: Clinton Township, Mich.
Pecan Torties, Coconut Clusters, and Mint Meltaways are all deliciously created at Morley’s Candy Makers, home of Sander’s Candy. It’s a movie-set chocolate factory come to life, replete with free samples at journey’s end.
Where: Avery Island, La.
On Avery Island, in a swampy southern Louisiana bayou, the McIlhenny people create a signature American sauce. Visit and learn about the history and making of this favorite spicy condiment, and leave with a lagniappe (a parting gift) of recipes, samples, and tastings.