April 22 – Jelly Bean Day

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Yes, it is Earth Day…but it is also Jelly Bean Day! What’s more important – the only planet we can call home…or jelly beans? The most deliciously addictive of all the lollies. 

Every website I’ve visited thus far has told me that the origin of the jelly bean is just one of life’s great mysteries, but most agree that it draws it’s origins from the turkish delight and also mention a man named William Schrafft. A candy maker in Boston, Schrafft urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers fighting the Civil War in 1861 and this is regarded as the first know reference to jelly beans. 

One of the most famous manufacturers of jelly beans is the Jelly Belly company. With what seems like an endless list of different flavours that taste remarkably like what they are trying to imitate, they are amazing. One of the best things you can do with such wondrous things it so play a guessing game with a friend. They pass you a jelly bean with your eyes closed and you have to guess. It’s so doable with the jelly belly ones because they all taste so different and it’s even possible with two at a time. The company even recently began producing real life Bertie Bott’s every flavour beans (Harry Potter!). While I haven’t yet had the errrrmmm “pleasure” of trying these, I’m more than a little bit hesitant. While the pack includes favourites such as green apple, top banana, marshmallow, and tutti-fruitti, these flavours are mixed in with: black pepper, booger, dirt, earthworm, earwax, grass, rotten egg, sausage, soap, and vomit flavoured beans…and we all know how realistic the buttered popcorn one tastes. 
ImageBonus: Let’s learn outdated slang!
In the US in the 1910s and 1920s the phrase “jellybean” was used to describe a man that dressed stylishly and proper to attract the attention of women but had nothing else going for him other than some nice clothes. Go on, call your friends “jellybeans”.

~ Darcie Rae 

Info-links:
Jelly Belly: http://www.jellybelly.com/fun_stuff/flavor_guides.aspx 
Bean history: http://www.candyfavorites.com/shop/jelly-bean-history.php 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jelly_bean 

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