Real Life Willy Wonka Has Golden Tickets to Give Away His Candy Factory


In the 1971 timeless classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (not to be confuse with the terrible remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), the owner of the Willy Wonka chocolate factory, played by Gene Wilder, offers a free lifetime supply of chocolate by way of five golden tickets hidden inside Wonka branded chocolates.    One real-life candyman, David Klein, the founder of The Jelly Belly jelly beans is giving away one of his candy factories in a gold ticket treasure hunt.  David is getting ready to retire, but not before he has some fun and not before he gives back to everyone who loves the candy industry as he does.

Gold Tickets are being hidden worldwide for fans of Jelly Belly to find.

David and his partner have started going across the USA hiding gold style tickets in the form of necklaces in places they come across with an interesting story. Plans are to have multiple treasure hunts for these gold tickets in each state. You can join one of their treasure hunts which are launching right now at

“The biggest and best part of these treasure hunts is that anyone who joins at least one treasure hunt, will be eligible to search for THE ULTIMATE TREASURE which will be the key to one of his candy factories and an all-expenses paid trip and education to a candy-making university,” the company said.”He will add this treasure hunt after all the states have had a chance to play. Each treasure hunt is valued at $5,000 and cost is only $49.99 to enter a hunt. Each treasure hunt has a strict limit of 1000 participants, no exceptions.”

“With The Gold Ticket Treasure hunt, our goal is to get people out and about with their families. Grandma and Grandpa can even join with the kids and grandkids,” said Klein said, “The Candyman. Take videos of your treasure hunt experiences for possible inclusion in our upcoming series.”

You can learn more at and watch for free David’s documentary, Candyman The David Klein Story and be inspired. Remember to join a treasure hunt and sign up for our Facebook page at for more information. The Gold Ticket Treasure Hunt would be a GREAT gift this holiday season. Join David on this Willy Wonka fantastical journey across America and see if you can find one of his elusive gold tickets.

Klein was born in Syracuse, New York and grew up in the Los Angles, California area. After getting a law degree, David decided his passion for candy was much stronger than any other ambition he had. In 1976 David created The Jelly Belly jelly bean and marketed it nationwide. He has appeared on the Mike Douglas show, the Regis Philbin show, and on the cover of People Magazine in his iconic bathtub of jelly beans photo. David has been a philanthropist all his life and has mentored many entrepreneurs to astronomical success. His love for people is shown in everything he does.

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