Willy Wonka: But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted.
Charlie Bucket: What happened?
Willy Wonka: He lived happily ever after.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Ever since I was a little kid and I read Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory I dreamed of getting the golden ticket and a tour of the Chocolate Factory. I was excited to see Yelp was holding an event at a candy warehouse. Smoke was rising into the evening sky when I arrived. I followed the delicious scent and found Taquizas Jose busy grilling tacos. I tried the carne asada, chicken, and adodaba tacos. The meats were tender and had a delicious smoky flavor. Corn tortilla was hot off the grill and a bit greasy. They were really delicious but I forced myself to stop after I got up to 6 and the party was ending. Thanks Taquizas Jose for the awesome tacos!
The most anticipated part of the evening was when I was allowed entrance to the glorious warehouse. They let us inside in 4 separate tour groups. I suppose someone must have tipped the owners I might lose control and start sampling the candy as I wandered about. It was just a youthful indiscretion from when I was 6 at Fedmart… Inside it was like a Costco filled with just candy. Inside was all the candy I ever wanted. I made notes on the candy I wanted most I would need to purchase on a return visit. Jelly Belly’s, rock candy, Harry Potter chocolate frogs… At the end of the tour a big gift bag of candy was waiting and a Yelp glass we could fill with any candy we wanted from the candy buffet table.
The party concluded with the golden ticket reveal. There was a table where you could get a Willy Wonka bar and 5 of the bars had golden tickets. I unwrapped my bar and inside was a golden ticket! My mind raced as I was thinking about what wondrous prize I might have won… The 5 winners were led inside and our prize was we could each select any 5lb bag of candy we wanted in the center isle. So many choices… I chose a bag of 7up flavored Jelly Belly’s. Mmm… Delicious jelly beans all for me!
I wandered into the night with a huge bag of candy and lived happily ever after.
Thanks Brad, Sandra, Estefany, and every one at Candypros for giving me what I always wanted. Special thanks to the generous geniuses who were involved in the Golden Ticket. 🙂
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