Jelly Belly Jelly Beans: What’s your fave flave?

By Staff Writer
April 11, 2002

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Spring is such a wonderful season! Just think of all the things that happen in spring. Flowers are blooming, snow is thawing and school is ending (meaning graduation for many). Perhaps the greatest thing about this season is the mix of Jelly Belly jelly beans that come out.

That’s right.I look forward to spring for jellybeans. Be sure to visit to get free samples of all their newest flavors. Of course, you will want to send them to several different addresses, the more the merrier. The Jelly Belly website also gives visitors the history of their company, as well as many facts about the jelly bean.

The company was started in 1869 by two brothers from Germany, the Goelitz’s. They were candy makers who initially made hard candy, then evolved to butter cream candies and candy corn.

The actual jelly bean was developed in Los Angeles, in 1976. The first original eight flavors were Very Cherry, Lemon, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Root Beer, Grape and Licorice.

Jelly beans became a pop-culture phenomenon in the early 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan had them in the Oval Office and on Air Force One. Jelly Belly had to create a new flavor, Blueberry, so that Reagan could have the colors of the flag, red, white and blue. Jelly Belly, the original maker of jelly beans, is now the number one “gourmet” jelly bean in the world.

Jelly beans also made history along with Sally Ride, the first woman in space, when, in 1983 they were sent to space. Mmmm, weightless jelly beans.argggghhhh.

One jelly bean contains about four calories, but who is counting?

The Jelly Belly website also gives out recipes for their jelly beans, ways that you can combine the flavors to make another flavor. For instance, two Lemon plus two Coconut equal Lemon Meringue Pie.

There are so many different varieties that are available, like the “Spring Mix,” “Fruit Bowl” and “Sour” flavors. Beware, however, some of these “gourmet” jelly beans are downright nasty. Some to avoid: Buttered Popcorn, Toasted Marshmallow, Pink Grapefruit and Cotton Candy.

Now, if you excuse me, I have to go get my fillings replaced. It seems as if all this “research” might turn out to be costly.

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