The Willy Wonka Candy Factory Tour









And I never did get to see it, either.





77 responses to “The Willy Wonka Candy Factory Tour”

  1. becomingcliche Avatar


    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      This makes me feel better. I guess misery really does love company.

      1. becomingcliche Avatar

        I missed out on a trip to Disney World due to walking pneumonia. I feel your pain deeply.

  2. abraalani Avatar

    First, where is this wonderful place called the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory?? I didn’t know it existed outside of the book/movie…
    And secondly, those are a pretty fantastic set of chompers. :) Perfectly executed with the upturned nose. As always, awesome job! :D

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It was in New England, but I think it closed when Nestle bought it :/ And thanks! :)

  3. michelleatplay Avatar

    You’re breaking my heart! Go now! Life is too short to miss out on a chocolate factory tour!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I wish I could, but it’s closed for good!

      1. Zeta Avatar

        You know, if it’s anything like the real Wonka factory, it’ll open again….WITH oompa-loompas! There’s always hope!

  4. becomingcliche Avatar

    I did figure out how to add the hovercards, in case you hadn’t yet. You actually have to add the pic to the post, then click edit and add the title. I hate that particular change. It seemed so unnecessary!

  5. whatimeant2say Avatar

    That is so wrong. I’ll take you there! Or you can take me there. Probably you would like to take your own daughter there. But she won’t appreciate it because she’s under 6. Trust me. You’re much better off taking me ;)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I wish I could! But it closed years and years ago… alas!

      1. whatimeant2say Avatar

        Guess I’ll have to cross that off my bucket list, then.

  6. Rae Avatar

    The facial expressions were great in this one! Come visit me sometime and I’ll take you to the Hershey’s factory tour. Not quite as glamorous and Willy Wonka, but you can get a free giant Hershey’s kiss at the end (at least you could when I toured the factory at 10, admittedly, it’s been awhile).

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ohhh, that sounds awesome!

  7. JackieP Avatar

    Awww I feel your pain, My brothers and sister and I got the measles all at the same time, and yes I missed a trip. :-(

  8. tk2012 Avatar

    Oh that bites!!!

  9. addercatter Avatar

    Awwhhh that is so SAD!!!!

  10. hipsnpits Avatar

    This is the saddest thing :(

  11. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    Oh so sad. Sniff, sniff. But I do love the presentation!

  12. muddledmom Avatar

    You did such a great job expressing the emotion here. Love the faces! And now plenty more of us are pretty bummed that the Wonka factory is closed. Probably for the best though as I’m sure they wouldn’t have let you see any of the secret rooms with chocolate rivers.

  13. Chatter Master Avatar

    I think your sisters owe you!

  14. artsifrtsy Avatar

    Awwwwwww. I missed the softball championship game because my stinky brother brought home chicken pox. Three weeks later we all got mumps. Mumps are better than chicken pox.

  15. Did That Just Happen? Avatar

    LOL – that’s just so very wrong!!!

  16. Miranda Gargasz Avatar
    Miranda Gargasz

    :( That stinks! How cool that would have been!

  17. Monique"s FM/CFS Blog Avatar
    Monique”s FM/CFS Blog

    Awe… So sorry to hear that…

  18. Nathan Young Avatar

    Wow! Get all excited for a special trip and then get sick. Life happens sometimes!

  19. blueberetmum Avatar

    Aw – lovely story :-) one of my favourite books of all times!

  20. speaker7 Avatar

    Holy everlasting gobstopper! What a cruel, cruel turn of events.

  21. Go Jules Go Avatar

    Nooooooooooooooooo *deep breath* ooooooooooooo!

  22. missemmalou Avatar

    oh no! you poor baby! :(….

  23. teaselcreatures Avatar

    Dear Nicole, Sorry you did not get to see the W.W. C. Factory. Oh well, it probably saved you from a visit to the dentist. R. Pinckney


  24. mskatykins Avatar

    OH NO! This is terrible. I was totally feeling your excitement. That sucks, big style!!! :( I missed going to Edinburgh Zoo (slightly less exciting, I know) because I had Chicken Pox. :( Some things you just don’t get over… :(

  25. Loni Found Herself Avatar

    Oh, no! The Pox strike again!

  26. bloggeretterized Avatar

    awwwwwww I feel your pain!

  27. Avatar

    Wow, that does sound awful–missing a trip to the Willy Wonka Candy Factory because of chicken pox. Why didn’t your parents think to either temporarily re-work the sleeping arrangements so that not all five kids would get sick at once, or plan a trip to the factory once you were all feeling better?

  28. Avatar

    P.S., My “big disappointment” story actually happened as an adult. In late January of this year, I missed out on Horseshoe Valley’s free ski day for their 50th anniversary, because it happened to fall on the coldest day in Canada in two years–it was -28 C that morning, and it would have been even colder on the mountain.

  29. joaniepthemadhatter Avatar

    Reblogged this on JoanieP The Mad Hatters' Corner and commented:
    Always a pleasure to see these blogs – I love them!

  30. Micah Avatar

    So sad!

  31. Avatar

    Wait, Nicki, is this story the big secret project you were talking about, or is the big secret project coming later?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      The big project is Very Big :) I’m still in the middle of the illustrations and have no further news, but I will definitely let everyone know when I have something to announce!

      1. Avatar

        Ooh, are you turning The Middlest Sister into an animated cartoon show, like South Park, only a little more G-rated? I really loved the “I Am Right, You Are Wrong” video, and the “Baby, Baby, Stick Your Head In Gravy” video as well. My favourite part of Baby was the part at the end, with the Navy people opening a package and seeing a disembodied kid’s head inside, covered in gravy and bubblegum, and only looking slightly puzzled, and not grossed out at all.

  32. bhbkidstyle Avatar

    Oh, dear!
    I love the details as usual. The muddy rug at the entrance – just like in my home – your mum balancing the tray and the rest …

  33. L Avatar

    What is mom carrying? A thermometer, a bucket (?) and a blanket??

  34. rusty Avatar

    What a bummer! :(

  35. Tin Roof Press Avatar

    awwww :( my parents didn’t let me go on a school trip once. gutted

    1. Avatar

      What was the trip? Why weren’t you allowed to go?

  36. The Hook Avatar

    I feel for you…
    I really do!

  37. Paprika Furstenburg Avatar

    One of my biggest fears as a child was being sick on Halloween. Every year, about two weeks before Halloween, I’d ask my mother what would happen if I was too sick to trick or treat. She told me my brother would share his candy with me. He sat behind her shaking his head “no” the whole time.

  38. Emily Avatar

    @Paprika–I always thought that the protocol for a sick child on Halloween would be either:

    A) The healthy sibling collects an extra bag of candy for the sick sibling,


    B) The sick sibling gets the leftover candy that his or her own parents bought to give out to the trick-or-treaters.

    These options can be used separately, or together, in order to ensure that the sibling who’s sick on Halloween gets roughly as much candy as the sibling who was healthy enough to trick-or-treat. If that fails, then the guilt-ridden parents might just go to the store and buy the sick sibling the candy of his or her choice, which would probably seem “completely unfair” to the healthy sibling, who has to pick through the gross black licorice, candy kisses, and Chick Tracts, in order to get to the good candy.

  39. Angie Z. Avatar

    Oh no! What a sad, sad story. It hurts my heart just thinking of it.

  40. normarayday Avatar

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the best ever! Sad memory, but great artwork middlest sister!

  41. laughatmypain Avatar

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  42. Soul Walker Avatar

    I hope it still exists in your heart.

  43. GiggsMcGill Jill Avatar

    This was so so sad!!

  44. JSD Avatar

    I never knew there was a real Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory. The movie came out when my boys were young, but it’s always been one of MY favorites. I think I will just have to go to the chocolate factory in Hershey, PA, for you, okay?

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