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Real-life Willy Wonka offers 'golden ticket' hunt

By T.K. Randall
September 9, 2020 · Comment icon 8 comments

Now's your chance to own an actual candy factory. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Luisa Contreras
The founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans is offering up the keys to an actual candy factory to one lucky winner.
In Roald Dahl's classic children's book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', a young boy finds a golden ticket in a bar of chocolate and ends up winning eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka's entire factory.

Now someone in the real world will have the opportunity to do the same - albeit with a few differences.

Self-proclaimed 'real-life candyman' David Klein - who is the founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans - is planning a real-life treasure hunt involving 'golden tickets' (in the form of gold necklaces) and the chance to win the keys to an actual candy factory (though not one associated with Jelly Belly).

Unlike in the book however, this particular treasure hunt has an entry fee - $49.98 - and there can only be a maximum of 1,000 participants per US state.
The first round of the hunt will see participants given a riddle that they will need to solve to be the first to track down the gold necklace in their particular state and win $5,000.

Anyone who participates will then have the chance to go for the 'ultimate prize' of a candy factory.

"With The Gold Ticket treasure hunt, our goal is to get people out and about with their families," said Klein. "Grandma and Grandpa can even join with the kids and grandkids.

"Take videos of your treasure hunt experiences for possible inclusion in our upcoming series."

Without Oompa Loompas to run the factory however, it is unclear exactly what responsibilities taking possession of the grand prize will actually entail.

Source: USA Today | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by TripGun 4 years ago
Jelly Belly has a triple dipped micro-dot wallpaper room just like Wonka.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Rolltide 4 years ago
I've driven past a few times, just the land would be worth a pretty penny. It's next to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
Comment icon #3 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
Huh? You mean anywhere or in bags of their candy? So if i win can i keep the factory and do odd flavors like elk and squid and special candies for cats and dogs?
Comment icon #4 Posted by susieice 4 years ago
The details are in the article. It will cost you 50 dollars to enter the contest. If you win the factory I guess you can make anything you want.
Comment icon #5 Posted by South Alabam 4 years ago
Anyone know how much annually it would be expected to earn?
Comment icon #6 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
Oooh, hah a context you pay to play, i dont hit casinos, my wife does like the occasional lotto card.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
You win the factory and the taxes bills associated with it, lol !
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
Or how much taxes annually you need to pay, even if it's not running ?

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