Kosher Factory Tours

Whether you're day-tripping near home or looking for a fun excursion during a vacation, food factory tours are a great option. Not only will you get a fascinating glimpse at modern food production, you may even get to taste some samples. 

I've rounded up a list of food factory tours that feature kosher product lines. Do keep in mind that while these companies' product lines are certified kosher, the factory tours usually don't have oversight by the kashrut certifying agency....MORE Depending on your personal level of kashrut observance, partaking of factory tour samples may present kashrut concerns, so check with a rabbi if you have any questions in that regard. 

  • 01 of 08

    Jelly Belly Visitor Centers

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    Pallets of jelly beans at the Jelly Belly candy factory. Image courtesy of Jelly Belly Candy Company

    Jelly Belly, purveyor of gourmet jelly beans and other confections, has visitor centers in both Fairfield, CA and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The former is a factory tour, the latter a warehouse tour; both are free. Do keep in mind that while all of Jelly Belly's jelly beans are certified OU kosher, some of the other confections are not. 

    • Cost: Free
    • Duration: 40 minutes
    • Tour Schedule: Daily; 9 AM to 4 PM (closed New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
    • Factory Address: One Jelly...MORE Belly Lane, Fairfield, CA 9453
    • Warehouse Address: 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie, WI, 53158
    • Website: jellybelly.com
  • 02 of 08

    Celestial Seasonings Tea Factory Tour

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    Celestial Seasonings Factory Tour. Photo Courtesy of Celestial Seasonings

    Following a 10 minute video, visitors ages 5 and up will take a waling tour through Celestial Seasonings' actual factory. Highlights include a stop in the mint room, and a the chance to sample several teas. The Sleepytime Bear mascot has been known to make an appearance, too. The route is wheelchair accessible. 

    • Cost: Free
    • Duration: 45 minutes
    • Tour Schedule: Daily; Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM (closed on most major holidays)
    • Address: 4600 Sleepytime...MORE Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
    • Website: celestialseasonings.com

     

  • 03 of 08

    Hammond's Candies Factory Tour

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    Workers making candy at the Hammond's Candy Factory in Denver, CO. Image courtesy of Hammond's Candy

    Hammond's makes eveything from chocolates to peanut brittle, but may be best know for its old fashioned hard candies, including candy canes and hand-twirled lollipops. Most of Hammond's candies carry Scroll K kosher certification, though the OU and Kehillah Kosher supervise select products. Free 30-minutes tours of the gluten-free factory run daily (closed Sundays). 

    • Cost: Free
    • Duration: 30 minutes
    • Tour Schedule: Daily; 9 AM to 3 PM Monday to Friday (10-3 Saturday, closed Sunday)
    • Address: ...MORE5735 N Washington Street Denver, CO 80216
    • Website: hammondscandies.com
  • 04 of 08

    The Turkey Hill Experience

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    An interactive cow milking exhibit at the Turkey Hill Experieince. Image courtesy of Turkey Hill

    The Turkey Hill Experience is more interactive museum than true factory tour, so while you will learn how ice cream is made, you won't get to witness the process. But history buffs can learn a lot about Turkey Hill's history, and kids will enjoy milking mechanical cows or producing ice cream commercials.

    The experience is not free, but the fee includes unlimited free ice cream and iced tea samples. Per visitor reviews, whether the cost of admission is worth it depends very much on whether...MORE or not you plan to partake of the samples. (Note that while most sealed Turkey Hill products are certified OU-kosher, they are not C, and the Turkey Hill Experience does not have kosher certification.)  

    • Cost: $9.95/adults; $7.95/children 5 - 17 (under 4 free)
    • Duration: 60 to 90 minutes
    • Schedule: Daily; hours vary seasonally (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    • Address: 301 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512
    • Website: turkeyhillexperience.com
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  • 05 of 08

    Snyder's of Hanover

    Pretzel lovers ages 5 and up can learn about Snyders' history and get a glimpse of Snyder's raw materials and finished goods warehouses, along with the oven and packing rooms. Guests receive a free bag of pretzels as a send-off. Note that visitors must be able to climb stairs; picture taking is not allowed during the tour. 

    • Cost: Free, but reservations are required and must be made at least 24 hours in advance by dialing 1-800-233-7125 Ext. 28592
    • Duration: 30 minutes
    • Schedule: Tuesday,...MORE Wednesday, and Thursday at 10 AM, 11 AM, and 1 PM year round. 
    • Address: 1350 York Street, Hanover, PA 17331
    • Website: snydersofhanover.com
  • 06 of 08

    Hershey's Chocolate World

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    Hershey's Chocolate World Great American Chocolate Tour. Image Courtesy of Hershey's Chocolate World

    If you're visiting Hersheypark, make some time for a visit to Chocolate World, located just outside the main gates. True, Hershey's Great American Chocolate Tour Ride is more of a theme park attraction than a true factory tour, but it takes guests on an informative multisensory trip from rainforest to chocolate factory, to watch the cacao bean's journey from pod to chocolate bar. The tour is capped off with a sample of Hershey's chocolate.

    • Cost: Chocolate World admission and the...MORE tour ride are free; additional attractions, including trolley rides and a 4D show, have fees. 
    • Duration: 15 minutes
    • Tour Schedule: Open year round; hours vary seasonally
    • Address: 251 Park Boulevard, Hershey, PA 17033
    • Website: http://www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld
  • 07 of 08

    Herr's Snack Factory Tours

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    Sampling fresh potato chips on the Herr's factory tour. © Herr Foods Inc.

    Herr's offers a wide range of OU-certified potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, tortilla chips and cheese curls -- along with tours of its actual production facility. Because the tour takes place in a working factory, guests are asked to wear flat, rubber-soled shoes. Reservations are required. 

    • Cost: Free
    • Duration: 60 minutes
    • Schedule: Monday to Thursday 9 AM to 3 PM; Friday 9 AM to 11 am (Note that production runs are not guaranteed on Fridays; closed for several holidays.)
    • Address: 271 Old...MORE Baltimore Pike, Nottingham, PA 19362
    • Website: herrs.com
  • 08 of 08

    Ben & Jerry's Factory Tour

    Learn about ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's history, then watch the sweet stuff being made on the factory floor from the room-temperature comfort of a glassed-in mezzanine. An ice cream sample-of-the-day is included. The tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible. 

    After the official tour, make a stop at the Flavor Graveyard to pay homage to your favorite retired flavor, or laugh at the quippy poems on the headstones. There's also a picnic area and small playground on site. 

    • Cost: $4...MORE Adults, $3 Seniors; Free for children 12 and under
    • Duration: 30 minutes
    • Tour Schedule: Open year-round, hours vary seasonally (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)
    • Address: 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Rd Waterbury, VT 05676
    • Website: benjerry.com