Step Aside, Willy Wonka: Jelly-Belly Founder Launches National Treasure Hunt

news /

Someone, please check on Veruca Salt, because it looks like she’s officially got some competition. That’s right, thanks to one all-too-real candyman, we’ve just been given a chance to land the keys to a dreamy candy factory. And well, while we might not have your Golden Ticket, we’ve got everything you need to know…

Veruca Salt, Willy Wonka
Pinterest via Jori Smith

“Jump in the car and take your family on an adventure,” the sweepstakes’ official website teased. Well, what exactly does this so-called adventure call for? As David Klein, the founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans revealed, he’ll be kicking off a national candy hunt, where 1,000 lucky participants will set off on scavenger hunts in the search for one ultimate Golden Ticket.

What can these players expect to receive?

Willy Wonka
Silver Screen Collection via Getty Images

For starters, the winners of each state’s treasure hunt will land $5,000, as well as a chance to land the ultimate treasure: an all-expenses-paid trip, an exclusive course at a ‘candy-making university’ – oh, and did we mention the keys to a real-life candy factory? Not too shabby, huh?

Willy Wonka
Silver Screen Collection via Getty Images

“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,” David Klein, or “The Candyman,” put it.

Grandpa Joe, Willy Wonka
Pinterest via Mark Burns

So, if you’ve got $49.99 to shell out – the price to enter the hunt for your state’s Golden Ticket – and a pure imagination, well, what are you waiting for?

Cast, Willy Wonka
Empire Online via Paramount Pictures

While we can’t promise you any Oompa Loompas or Everlasting Gobstoppers, something tells us you’re in for a real treat. Happy hunting!