How are jelly beans made? It's a lot more complicated than you think

The Jelly Belly factory is a magical place.

Think rainbows of sweetness, seas of beans, an ever-flowing procurement of more than 100 flavors and 100,000 pounds produced for the world every single day. With the onset of spring and decorated Easter baskets coming to fruition, Tutti Frutti, Juicy Pear, Buttered Popcorn and America's favorite Jelly Belly flavors fly off shelves. But how are these lovable, sometimes unlovable (booger comes to mind) and confusing (beer comes to mind) candies actually made?

NBC News correspondent Joe Fryer went to Fairfield, California and suited up in a hairnet and uniform to discover just what happens in the Jelly Belly Factory with Will Wonka himself. (Just kidding.) The actual CEO of Jelly Belly is Lisa Brasher, the fifth-generation owner of her family-run business.

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"It takes 7 to 10 days to make one bean," Brasher said. "There'll be people that come. And they think you just stamp the bean out of some gooey candy mix and that's it. And they have no idea what it actually takes, and what an art form it is to make a jelly bean."

The process of Jelly Belly-making begins with a hot liquid candy that gets flavoring and coloring added to make the beans distinct. The hot liquid then gets pumped into molds where they're carted into a dry room overnight. The dry room acts as an oven to help the molds firm up.

After a good night spent solidifying, the molds are sent by a conveyor-belt that leads them to a steam bath and sugar shower.

"How cool is a sugar shower?" Joe asked Brasher.

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Salud Fuentes packages bags of assorted jelly beans into boxes at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rogeelio Baltajar picks out jelly beans that are not the correct color or shape at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Jelly beans sit for sale at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. store next to the company's manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ryan Rowland, a sixth generation member of the family that owns Jelly Belly Candy Co., takes a sample from a kettle of candy to check for color consistency at the company's manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pan operators David Martinez, right, and Reynaldo Lopez apply chocolate for the Chocolate Dips product at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Pedro Magana, a pan operator, adds sugar to a mixture to make the shells for jelly beans at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Bernaldo Martinez, a pan operator, adds sugar to a mixture to make the shells for jelly beans at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Boxes of Jelly Belly Candy Co. jelly beans are stacked at the company's manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Luis Perez hands outs jelly bean samples to kids at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. store next to the company's manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Bill Yeun-Biu moves jelly beans from the polishing room to the staging area where the candy is cured at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Assorted flavors of jelly beans wait to be packaged at the Jelly Belly Candy Co. manufacturing facility in Fairfield, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Manufacturers in the U.S. are more optimistic about sales next year and plan to ramp up spending on new equipment, signaling factories will keep leading the economic recovery, according to a survey by the Institute for Supply Management. Photographer: Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: A case of jelly beans moves down the assembly line at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Barry DaSilva mixes flavoring to add to jelly beans at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: A chocolate Easter bunny is displayed for sale at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Barry DaSilva adds sugar to jelly beans at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: A couple looks over candy for sale at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: A man looks over candy and Easter baskets for sale at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Silvia Aguiar empties jelly beans at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Jelly beans sit in a bin waiting to be packaged on the assembly line at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Children watch the assembly line workers at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Sharon Lee looks over candy and Easter baskets for sale at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Workers sort bags of jelly beans on the assembly line at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Mac Marquez dumps jelly beans on the assembly line for mixing into assorted bags at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Barry DaSilva checks for moisture on the jelly beans at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: Francisco Tril empties out jelly beans for packaging at the Jelly Belly Factory on April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
FAIRFIELD, CA - APRIL 2: A couple looks over candy for sale at the Jelly Belly Factory April 2, 2007 in Fairfield, California. The Jelly Belly Factory produces approximately 14 billion jelly beans a year. With less than a week before Easter Sunday, retailers stock their shelves full of jelly beans, chocolates, and other traditional candies for Easter. (Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images)
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"I know, it's kinda like a spa — a Jelly Bean spa, you know? Steam bath, sugar shower," Brasher said.

Once the Jelly Beans have been properly pampered, they get their shells, a process Brasher calls "the art of making candy." Vessels like cement mixers spin hundreds of pounds of beans as confectioners pour pitchers of syrup and sugar into the mix. Gradually, the shells build up.

"We like to say they have to use all their senses. They look at the beans and how they're tumbling in there. They listen. They can actually tell when the beans are done by how they sound in there."

When the beans have been coated, dried and polished, the final step is to brand them with the iconic Jelly Belly logo.

Who knew so much work went it to making such a small bean.

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