A History of Jelly Beans
Posted on April 2, 2012
Did you know that the origin of the jelly bean is still unknown? There are suspicions, however, that they descend from Turkish Delight, a treat that was popular in Biblical times.
- Jordan Almonds, which are the other possible origin of the modern day jelly bean are also made this way and were made popular in the 1600’s in France.
- The first appearance of what would become the modern day jelly bean was promoted to Union Soldiers during the Civil War.
- It takes 7 to 21 days to make a jelly bean.
- There are 130 calories and 37 grams of sugar in one serving of jelly beans which equals about 35 jelly beans.
- In the early 20th century, a “jelly-bean” was slang for a man of style and no substance.
- They were the first candy to be sold by weight rather than by piece.
- They were originally sold by color.
- Peak jelly bean season is Easter, but that is a recent development which began in the 1930’s.
- The jelly bean is associated with Easter because of its egg-like shape.
- They were President Reagan’s favorite candy and he used them to help him quit smoking when he was the governor of California.
- Jelly Belly jelly beans became the first jelly beans in space when they traveled aboard the 1983 Challenger Space Shuttle
- Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans from the Harry Potter books and movies are manufactured by Jelly Belly and include flavors like ear wax, pepper, avocado, marmalade and caviar.