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Jelly Bean
Jelly bean (Jelly Belly brand) flavor and color assortment.
Alternative names Jelly Belly Beans
Type Confectionery
Place of origin United States
Created by William Schrafft
Main ingredients Sugar, corn syrup, starch

Jelly beans are small bean-shaped sugar candies with soft candy shells and thick gel interiors. The confection is vended in a wide variety of colors and flavors, and is made primarily of sugar.


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Jelly Beans

It has been claimed that jelly beans were mentioned first during 1861, when Boston confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War. It was not until July 5, 1905, that jelly beans were mentioned in the Chicago Daily News. The advertisement publicized bulk jelly beans sold by volume for nine cents per pound, according to the book The Century in Food: America's Fads and Favorites. Most historians contend that jelly beans were first associated with celebrations of Easter in the United States sometime during the 1930s due to their egg-like shape.


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Jelly Beans

The basic ingredients of jelly beans include sugar, tapioca or corn syrup, and pectin or starch. Relatively minor amounts of the emulsifying agent lecithin, anti-foaming agents, an edible wax such as carnauba wax or beeswax, salt, and confectioner's glaze are also included. The ingredients that give each bean its character are also relatively small in proportion and may vary depending on the flavor.

Most jelly beans are sold as an assortment of about eight different flavors, most of them fruit-based. The colors of jelly beans often correspond with a fruit and a "spiced" flavor.

Some premium brands, such as Jelly Belly and The Jelly Bean Factory, are available in many different flavors, including berry, tropical fruit, soft drink, popcorn, licorice, and novelty ranges, in addition to the familiar fruit and spice flavors. While these are also sold as assortments, individual flavors can be purchased from distributors.

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