Fans of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971) and “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” (2005), will be able to experience what Charlie Bucket and the rest of the kids did, thanks to a real-life candy maker.
David Klein, one of the original inventors of the Jelly Belly jelly bean, has created a scavenger hunt, in which the grand prize is $5000 and a candy factory.
However, according to CNN, there is mystery surrounding the contest itself.
Unlike the 1971 and 2005 movies, based off the book by Roald Dahl, Klein is selling $50 tickets to enter the treasure hunt.
The tickets are available in all 50 states, however Klein told CNN he is still working on putting the treasure in all the states.
One player or family will find the gold-colored dark tag (not a golden ticket, much like the movies) based on a riddle they receive. Whoever finds the dog tag will win the $5000 prize.
With the grand prize of the candy factory building, winners will also receive a candy-making course at the University of Wisconsin.
Klein will offer his expertise in confectionery, if necessary, he told CNN.
Some people are concerned that this is a scam, due to the mystery surrounding the contest itself.
On the Facebook group for the challenge, some users have commented on the fact they believe it’s a scam. However, Klein is adamant the contest – and the promises – are legit.
The other problem is that nobody knows quite where the factory is located.
Candyman Creations, Klein’s own factory, is located in north-central Florida, but it recently operated in a second location of the Gulf Coast.
In the Facebook group, according to CNN, Klein said the factory would be in Florida but did not specify where.
The contest is based off the 1971 movie, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” which centers around an eccentric candyman named Willy Wonka who starts a contest in order to find someone to take over when he decides to finally retire.
The movie follows the five contestants and their guardians as they tour the factory, come in contact with some strange creatures, and find out who comes out on top in the end and will win a “lifetime supply of chocolate, the candy factory and more.”
The children in question are Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole), Violet Beauregarde (Denise Nickerson), Mike Teevee (Paris Themmen) and Augustus Gloop (Michael Boellner).
The cast was rounded out by big-name actor Gene Wilder as the famous candyman himself, Willy Wonka.
In 2005, famous director Tim Burton (“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Dark Shadows” and more), recreated the cult classic, renaming it “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.”
This time around, some things were changed to give the film more depth and even a bit more creepy feel. With more graphics and a more in-depth look at Wonka’s personal life and childhood, the 2005 version felt more real than the classic.
This time, Burton had a star-studded cast as Freddie Highmore played Charlie Bucket, AnnaSophia Robb as Violet Beauregarde, Julia Winter as Veruca Salt, Jordan Fry as Mike Teevee and Philip Wiegratz as August Gloop.
Pulling the cast together as everyone’s favorite candyman was Johnny Depp as Mr. Willy Wonka.
Guest appearances in the movie were by Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Bucket, Missi Pyle as Mrs. Beauregarde and Christopher Lee as Dr. Wilbur Wonka.
The movies were based off the famous Roald Dahl’s children’s book, “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory” and “Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.”
There’s no talk as to what condition the candy factory from Klein’s contest is in, but that is something competitors have pushed into the back of their minds.
There’s also been no confirmation as to whether or not the candy factory will contain a chocolate river, Oompa-Loompas or a great glass elevator, but maybe adjustments can be made.
Get ready for a sugar rush to solve the riddle and you could be the next Willy Wonka.