The Goelitz Family: Jelly Belly

Jelly Belly’s Vice Chairman Bill Kelley will unwrap the roots of the Goelitz candy empire, which began as a storefront in Belleville, Illinois.  While now headquartered in California, their legacy candy corn has been made in North Chicago since 1913.

Bill Kelley grew up in Wilmette and worked for Goelitz Confectionary Company in North Chicago during vacations.  The Goelitz family history of candy making dates back to 1869 when Bill’s great-grandfather, Gustav Goelitz, bought a candy wholesale and manufacturing company in Belleville, Illinois.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 10:15 AM
Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum
(Address, directions, Metra information)
Cost: $3. (donated to the museum) and optional $5 for pizza lunch

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please  e-mail: