Did you ever see the movie “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory?” Do you remember that in the movie, children that won a “golden ticket” got to tour the factory? What they didn’t know was that one of the five children would inherit the factory when Wonka wasn’t there to run it any longer.
Well, according to Today.com, the creator of the Jelly Belly candies brand (David Klein) is doing the same thing, with a bit of a twist. A gold necklace that looks like a ticket will be hidden in each state. People interested can pay $49.98 to get a clue for their state. However, there will only be 1,000 tickets sold per each state.
Here’s the Gold Ticket intro: from David Klein himself, explaining the whole contest! It starts with the possibility of winning CA$H MONEY AND…an actual candy factory! You can also see what the Gold Chain looks like. David will show it to you!
A description of the contests says, “You will be looking for a Gold Ticket in the form of a necklace with a tag that includes a code you need to use to verify your find. Winners will receive $5,000”…and that’s to get things started, whether you win the factory or not!
Klein went on to say, “We’re going to have the ultimate treasure hunt where the winner will be receiving a key to one of our candy factories.”
Though they aren’t saying which factory the winner get, in the contest Facebook group, they’re saying that the factory is somewhere in Florida.
Klein continued, “We’re looking for you, Charlie, out there!” in an obvious reference to Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
However, Klein isn’t giving away a key to an “official Jelly Belly factory,” since the company has made it clear that they are not participating in the contest at all.
Jelly Belly’s official statement is: “Due to confusion in the marketplace, Jelly Belly Candy Company would like to take this opportunity to clear up the misconception that is involved with a contest that purportedly offers a candy factory as it’s grand prize,” a representative said in a statement to Today Food. He continued, “David Klein, the sponsor of the “Treasure Hunt” contest gaining attention within the media this weekend, is not associated with Jelly Belly Candy Company, its brands or products,” the statement continued. “In 1976, Mr. Klein, an independent third party, came up with the name “Jelly Belly” and other novel marketing ideas. Jelly Belly Candy Company has not had a relationship with Mr. Klein since 1980 when it acquired the trademark.”
Either way…whether it’s a Jelly Belly factory…or not…I’m game!
Good luck! Happy Hunting! Don’t eat too many of them…or you might get a jelly belly!