12 Facts about colorful and sweet Jelly Beans

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Whether you like it sweet, savory, sour, or spicy, jelly beans have many flavors to rock your taste buds. National Jelly Bean Day is usually during the April/Spring season because of the Easter Holiday. In the 1930s, jellies were closely associated with Easter when first introduced but are now served all year round.  Interestingly, jelly beans are the first candy sold by the pound before by piece. It makes sense though because they are so good how can you eat one jelly bean. Here are more facts about the sweet jelly treat.

Jelly Beans

  1. Jelly beans gained popularity during the American Civil War.
  2. In the 1920’s, the word “jellybean” referred to a young man  who dressed stylish.
  3. According to Jellybelly, there are 50 different flavors of jelly beans.
  4. The current Guinness World Record holder Alastair Galpin sorted 30 jelly beans by straw in 16.88 seconds.
  5. It takes up to 7 to 21 days to make a single jelly bean.
  6. Ronald Reagan was a spokesperson for jellies because he loved them so much and had his favorite flavor made which is blueberry.Jelly beans
  7. In the Jellybelly lab, there are many flavors tested and some make it and some don’t. For example, Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie didn’t make it pass the taste test.
  8. The Jellybelly company in 2014 tested alcohol-inspired flavored jelly beans and sold them to only adults because they wanted to keep the reputation that is a kid’s friendly candy.
  9. Before all the crazy spicy and interesting flavors came out, the original flavors are: grape, lemon, lime, cherry, raspberry, orange, vanilla-pineapple, and licorice.
  10. Scientist taste testers of the jelly beans actually don’t have to taste it but smell them before preparing for a flavor. Really? Click here
  11. Jelly Beans are considered a “Turkish Delight” because they might have originated from Turkey in the Middle East.
  12. If you store your jellies in the freezer, they can last about a year rather than keeping them in the pantry which they will last for 1o months. 


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