Jelly Belly Founder To Give Away Candy Factory in Golden Ticket-Style Contest

Your Willy Wonka dreams are finally coming true! There's a brand new ultimate treasure hunt contest starting soon and the winner could end up with an entire chocolate factory. Grab Grandpa out of bed and start looking, this golden ticket contest hosted by the founder of Jelly Belly is something right out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Who is Jelly Belly Founder David Klein?

According to Fox 8 News, David Klein, the founder of the Jelly Belly Candy Company, is hosting a nationwide treasure hunt before he retires from the candy making business. Known as the Candyman, David Klein sold the Jelly Belly Jelly Beans formula to the Herman Goelitz Candy Company for 5 million dollars, which averaged about $10,000 per month for twenty years. Currently the Jelly Belly company is worth $190 million. In his documentary, David Klein shared that selling the rights to the Jelly Belly trademark was one of the worst decisions he has ever made.

The contest is as follows: David and his partner have traveled the country and hid gold tickets (which are in the form of necklaces) in places they have visited that have interesting stories. Treasure hunters can visit www.thegoldticket.com/ to enter their states treasure hunt for $50. The first states to be released are West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Once purchased, contestants will have the chance to search for a prize worth $5,000 be send a link to a private Facebook Group within 24-48 hours.

Those entered in at least one treasure hunt automatically Ultimate Treasure Hunt which includes the key to one of his Candyman Kitchens candy factories and an all-expenses paid trip and education to a candy-making university. Let it be known that the grand prize is not the keys to the Jelly Belly Factory (which is in California) but one of the CandyMan factories in Florida, according to a news release.

Are you ready for a real-life Roald Dahl adventure?

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