Jelly Belly Founder Has Become A Real-Life Willy Wonka

The thought of owning a candy factory is something many kids dream about growing up. That’s why the ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ book and films are so popular. Of course, the likelihood of someone copying Willy Wonka and giving away a candy factory has always seemed like nothing more than fantasy. At least, it did until Jelly Belly founded David Klein decided to do precisely that.

Ready For Retirement

For decades now, Jelly Belly has been one of the leading manufacturers of candy. We have Klein to thank for that after he began selling his own jelly beans in the 1970s. The business started out small, but after reaching an agreement with the Herman Goelitz Candy Company, he soon began raking in the money. Now, he’s ready to retire and eager to pass his love of candy onto someone else. That’s why he devised his new contest.

A Nationwide Treasure Hunt

Just like in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ golden tickets are being hidden for people to find. Unfortunately for international candy lovers, it seems these will only be available nationwide, rather than worldwide. Every state will offer a treasure hunt that costs $49.99 and promises an astounding award for those who win. Only 1,000 people will be able to participate in each search, meaning contestants will have to beat out a lot of competition to find a golden ticket

The Key To The Kingdom

If people discover a golden ticket, not only will they bag themselves $5,000, but they’ll also be eligible to compete in The Ultimate Treasure Hunt. This is where being the victor truly matters because the winner gets themselves a candy-making masterclass and the key to Klein’s factory. They’ll become a real-life Willy Wonka.

It’s amazing seeing this childhood dream become a reality. We just hope no-one gets stuck in a chocolate pipe or blown up like a balloon this time around.

Talented Tattoo Artist Helps People With Scars Feel Whole Again

Sometimes, life leaves scars, and this accomplished tattoo artist from Hecker, Illinois does an incredible job of covering them up and helping people love their bodies again. Although the first fingernail tattoo started off as a joke, the results were amazing and, as the image spread throughout the internet, this artist started gaining popularity across the world.

An image of a blond woman with a chest tattoo

A Reconstructive Tattoo Went Viral

A man named Mark Bertram lost two fingertips in a workplace accident in 2018. In an effort to make light of his situation, he went to Eric Catalano to get new fingernails tattooed on the two fingers. Although it started off as a joke, the final results were so realistic that Bertram decided to share images of his new fingernails online. As the images reached millions of people around the world, Catalano was drawn deeper into paramedical tattooing, as people with life-altering scars started traveling from different cities, states, and countries to have appointments in his parlor.

A split image of before and after of the tattooed nails The Parlor Now Offers “Wellness Wednesday”

With flesh-toned ink and a steady hand, Catalano continues to help people with scars feel comfortable with their bodies once more by covering up the scarred tissue. Another one of his clients, Leslie Pollan from Oxford, Mississippi, got a scar on her lip back in 2014 when a puppy bit her face. She had undergone plastic surgery to correct it originally but to no avail. Catalano’s tattoo artistry camouflaged the scar and gave her a new outlook on life. Catalano helps clients who have undergone important surgery procedures, cancer survivors, and others with his precise and realistic tattoos. He sees up to 8 clients on “Wellness Wednesday” and the restorative tattoos are free. Catalano says that, even though this doesn’t make a lot of financial sense for his business, the emotional response of each client reassures him that this is a path he has to remain on. The artist has a GoFundMe page where people can donate to help him continue his altruistic work!

Eric Catalano, the tattoo artist