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Fun Holiday – Jelly Bean Day

April 22 is Jelly Bean Day. It is an unofficial holiday that honors the sugary bean-shaped candies that are hard on the outside and gel-like on the inside.

Close-up of colorful jelly beans.
Close-up of colorful jelly beans.
Celebrate the chewy, sugary and delicious delights that are jelly beans.
©iStockphoto.com/kcrep

Popular during Easter and Halloween, jelly bean candies come in a variety of flavors and colors.

Cherry and Popcorn

According to Jelly Belly, a popular jelly bean manufacturer, the most popular jelly bean flavors include cherry and buttered popcorn.

Food historians believe that Turkish delights or lokum, a chewy candy from Turkey, inspired the creation of the jelly beans, though it is unclear who invented them.

Presidental Favorite

Some sources suggest that jelly beans were popularized during the American Civil War when people were encouraged to send the candy to soldiers in the field.

Jelly beans are equally loved by children and adults alike. President Ronald Reagan was known to be a big fan of this delicious chewy candy, so much so that about 3 tons of red, white, and blue jelly beans were used during his inauguration as the 40th President of the United States in 1981. It is said that his favorite flavor was licorice.

How to Celebrate?

  • Have jelly beans with all your meals.
  • What about trying bacon flavored jelly beans for breakfast?
  • Been told that you don’t eat enough fruits? Eat a handful of fruit-flavored jellybeans.
  • Make art using colorful jellybeans.

Did You Know...

...that it can take anywhere from 7 to 21 days to make a single piece of jelly beans?

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