The modern day jelly bean dates back to the Civil War, when it was marketed to Union soldiers (1860s) from the first-known maker, the Schrafft Candy Company. From the early 20th century,”jelly bean” was slang for a guy who dressed (commonly referred to a”fop”). In other words, your basic man of style but no substance, which pretty much explains the real candy, almost pure sugar, using a little flavoring.
Guests in Reagan’s 1981 inaugural parties have a whopping 40 million jelly beans (about 7,000 pounds). Gourmet Jelly Belly brand actually made a new flavor, Raccoon Poop, especially for the occasion. Ronnie was obviously the jelly bean president (would not foodie Thomas Jefferson have loved that).
Jelly beans became a regular penny candy from the early 1900s and were the first confection to be sold by weight instead of piece. Later they were packed in bags and sold in various flavors. There are a staggering 16 billion fabricated yearly only for Easter baskets and decorations.
Simple in form and taste, making is anything but. It may take from 7 to 21 days to make them, is quite labor-intensive, and a simple bag usually contains 8 distinct flavors. In honor of the all-American candy, there’s a National Jelly Bean Day annually, which will occur on April 22 this year. Annually, we have about 100 million pounds in america alone.
Unquestionably the Rolls Royce of the popular candy is Jelly Belly, which positions itself as the”gourmet beans.” Very Cherry appreciated the best position in popularity for many decades until 1998, when (drum roll) Buttered Popcorn moved into first place; other unique flavors include Champagne, Draft Beer, Pancakes and Cappuccino. Much of the allure of Jelly Bellies are their unique, refreshing flavors, which provide a burst of sweet joy in their size and can be bought in bulk by individual taste. (And because they’re small, you can cram more into your mouth at one time, a definite plus)
So all of you fans, do you pick out your favorites or just grab a few, tastes be damned. Are you affected by the colours, do you purchase”designer” jelly beans, or simply select the regular? Maybe you (sadly) have to avoid them since they wreak havoc with your dental work? No question, they’re all-American, like so many other penny candies, and have curious kids of all ages for decades. Okay, so they do not have any nourishment, but occasionally we must forget about intrinsic value and do it. They are just good, clean fun.