I've got a shocking revelation that might rock your candy-coated world. You know those tiny bursts of sugary joy that come in every color of the rainbow? I'm talking about jelly beans.

You've probably never given a second thought to where these little gems of delight are born, right? Well, I was today years old when I learned that jelly beans are made here in Illinois.

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The jelly belly factory is located in a city known for its towering skyscrapers, deep-dish pizzas, and a bean that isn't actually a bean at all.  The Jelly Belly Candy Company, at 1501 Morrow Ave. in North Chicago, has been cranking out these sugary jewels for over a century.

In 1913, during World War I, the factory was about to transition into a hub of military production until the war pulled a surprise exit, leaving the factory to keep churning out the sweet stuff.


Now, as I wrap my mind around the fact that this candy haven has been doling out confectionery goodness from the same spot for over 100 years, I can't help but think Canadians owe us a big ole, "Thank you, ya."

Truth be told, the factory is responsible for getting those candies across the U.S. and Canada.

They're not just creating extraordinary jelly beans, the Jelly Belly Factory is also responsible for  Chocolate Malt Balls and the company’s heritage confection, Candy Corn.

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Since we're on the subject, I'm totally going to put Illinois on blast for this one. Out of all the flavors available, the Land of Lincoln's preferred jelly bean flavor is chocolate. Not something fruity or sweet, just chocolate. Boo.

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