Are your kids bored yet? We have a fun, free activity that will satisfy your sweet tooth and your curiosity. The new free Sweet's Candy factory tour.If you have been there in the past, the Sweet’s Candy factory tour has changed. You no longer physically tour the plant however I still found it just as fascinating. (The plus side is you don’t have to get small children and babies to wear hair nets!)At the start of our tour, the tour guide showed us the production line using a large screen TV monitor and gave us lot of interesting information. I didn’t realize that this location, just south of the Salt Lake International Airport, is not only the headquarters but the only manufacturing plant for Sweet’s Candy. If you eat a Sweet’s candy anywhere in the world, it was made here in Salt Lake! Then, we all went in to a small room with chairs where we watched video clips about the candy making process. The tour guide also showed us some molds and products used in the videos. The absolute best part was after we would learn about a certain kind of candy, we got to taste a very fresh piece of that candy. On my tour we got a piece of salt water taffy that had been made less than 24 hours earlier, a jelly bean before its final shiny coating process and my personal favorite, a brand new, melt in your mouth, milk chocolate orange stick! When we exited the small room, we were able to see some candy making tools used over the last century. We also saw a replica of the drums they use in the “panning” process and even got to hear how loud it is. We were also able to take some fun pictures in a hall that is covered in huge photos of candy and the candy making process. After the tour, you can shop at the Sweet’s Candy Outlet Store. (You don’t have to go on the tour to shop at the outlet store.) The selection at the store varies but the day we were there they had pick your mix taffy, sugar free taffy, various colors of candy corn, chocolate covered cinnamon bears, jelly beans and sours, bridge mix, chocolate nut clusters and their new blueberry sticks, just to name a few. I bought some naturally flavored taffy, a couple of gift boxes of taffy and some orange sticks. The prices were all significantly less expensive than buying them at the grocery store-score!
Some things to keep in mind. You do have to make an appointment. Call (801) 886-1444 to schedule a time, space is limited. If you have air born nut or tree nut allergies, you should not enter this facility. For more information, address and outlet store hours, visit http://www.sweetcandy.com/factorytour.