Food Fact Fridays!
In honor of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, which just so happens to be today, I thought the jelly bean would be fun to talk about. No Easter basket would be complete without them! Jelly beans go as far back as the 1800’s, but were not associated with Easter until the 1930’s.
Today, in the U.S. alone, 16 billion jelly beans are manufactured just for Easter. Most packages of jelly beans come in 8 flavor assortments. The standard color/flavor combinations are: Red/Cherry, Orange/Orange, Yellow/Lemon, Green/Lime, Purple/Grape, Black/Black Licorice, White/Lemonade, Pink/Strawberry. I like the red and pink. My Memom LOVES the black jelly beans. When my pop-pop was alive, he and Memom would fight over the bag of black jelly beans. Although the information I found was not conclusive, it seems that kids prefer the red/cherry jelly bean to the other flavors.
If eight flavors aren’t enough for you, then check out the world’s #1 gourmet jelly bean, Jelly Belly. Jelly Belly came on the scene around 1976. They were the first to offer single flavors. Initially they released 8 flavors and now they offer 50 different flavors! For those of you not familiar with Jelly Belly they have a “menu” to help you to combine multiple flavors for a whole new experience. For example, you can take the buttered popcorn and a blueberry; place them in your mouth and chew together. You now have a new flavor, blueberry muffin. Neat huh?!
Jelly beans are fun and kids of all ages enjoy them. Oh, for those of you watching your waistline, one serving, 35 pieces, is only 130 calories. That’s a lot of jelly beans. I don’t think I could eat 35 at one time. So now you won’t feel guilty for enjoying your goodies!
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter.