Today is National Jelly Bean Day. What’s not to like about jelly beans? They are lumps of sugary sweetness held together by a pectin or gel, and they come in a wide variety of flavors. Out of all the basic flavors I have always been partial to Brach’s orange or yellow jelly beans, and as a kid I was not too thrilled with all the other colors, especially the dreaded black licorice. However, I think that was because all the other kids thought they were disgusting, but now I do enjoy black licorice jelly beans occasionally.
At Easter it seems like all the major candy brands have their own version of jelly beans – Brach’s spiced, Skittles, Lifesavers, Nerds, Sweethearts, Jolly Rancher, etc. Jelly Belly beans are found all year long and come in some pretty interesting flavors, like strawberry cheesecake, A&W Root Beer, or bubble gum. They also have a line of BeenBoozled beans with flavors like Lawn, Skunk Spray, and Baby Wipes. Some are even way more disgusting! Why is this necessary? I thought candy was supposed to be a treat! I’ll stick with the good ol’ Brach’s orange, yellow, or even a black licorice, thank you very much!