Yelp Elite event at Candypros

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

Outside the Candpro warehouse.
Outside the Candypro warehouse.

Elite event about to start.
Elite event about to start.
The cheese fountain.
The cheese fountain.
The menu
The menu

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!

Grilling tacos
Grilling tacos
Carne asada
Carne asada
Chicken
Chicken

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.

Warehouse tour.
Warehouse tour.
Treasures inside the warehouse.
Treasures inside the warehouse.
The golden ticket is in 5 of those Wonka bars.
The golden ticket is in 5 of those Wonka bars.

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!

My Golden Ticket!
My Golden Ticket!
My prize! 5lbs of 7up flavored Jelly Belly's.
My prize! 5lbs of 7up flavored Jelly Belly’s.
My swag for the evening.
My swag for the evening.

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.  🙂

Maggie loves candy!
Maggie loves candy!
Estefany and Maggie!
Estefany and Maggie!

Candypros
2626 Southport Way
National City, CA 91950
http://candypros.com/

4 Comment

  1. omg so lucky! how long will it take for you to eat them all? or maybe, you should play that ‘guess how many are in the bag’ thing and the winner gets a prize hehe. =P

    1. Soo says: Reply

      I’m gonna start this weekend after I figure out how to properly store the beans after I open the bag. I’m thinking I can use 2 or 3 of those glass tupperware type containers. I might share a few but I think I’m gonna have beans for a month or 2! 🙂

      The guess how many are in the bag sounds fun but what would I give away?

  2. Faye says: Reply

    Oh you got some nice lighting for your pictures Soo! My food pics didn’t turn out that well. I’m staring at my cup full of candy as we speak. Should be a fun gift to give to the kiddies this Sunday 🙂

    1. Soo says: Reply

      Thanks Faye! Did you use your flash? Come and get me if you need more light. I’ll turn on my flashlight for you!

      You are so nice! I’m gonna eat all my delicious candy. 🙂 Right now I’m making plans on how to breakup that 5lb bag of Jelly Belly’s so they stay fresh. 🙂

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