Here’s our pick for the 10 best jelly beans you won’t be able to keep your sticky fingers away from.
|Flavors||Orange, grape, lemon, strawberry|
|Flavors||49 flavors (incl. blueberry, bubble gum, kiwi, etc)|
|Flavors||Orange, grape, cherry, pineapple, strawberry, lemon, lime, licorice|
|Flavors||Banana, black pepper, blueberry, booger, vomit|
|Flavors||49 flavors (incl. blueberry, bubble gum, kiwi, etc)|
|Flavors||Strawberry, cherry, orange, green apple, grape, lemon|
|Size||1 oz. (per pack)|
|Flavors||Orange, strawberry banana smoothie, fruit punch, berry|
|Flavors||Cream soda, bubble gum, very cherry|
|Flavors||Stink Bug, Toasted Marshmallow, Canned Dog Food, Chocolate Pudding, Rotten Egg, Buttered Popcorn, etc|
Covered Chewy & Bumpy Jelly Beans
Signature Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Sunkist Tangerine Jelly Beans
Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s
Classic Glass Jar
Original Jellybeans Candy
Sport Beans, Assorted Flavors 24 Pack, 1 oz
Jewel Valentine Mix Jelly Beans, 2 lb
BeanBoozled Jumbo Spinner Gift Box
The Perfect Balance between Sweet and Tangy, Crunchy and Chewy
A Tub Keeps Your Jelly Bellies Fresh and Chewy
Small-Sized Jelly Beans That Pack a Juicy Punch
Only the Tangiest Jelly Bellies Included
Beans Offering a Surprise in Every Bite
The Best Gift for a Jelly Belly Fanatic
Tender, Juicy, and Tart Starburst Beans
Jelly Belly Flavor With an Energy Boost
Three Delicious Flavors in Bedazzling Valentine’s Colors
Play This Game for a Unique Jelly Bean Experience
|Size||13 oz.||64 oz.||72 oz.||16 oz.||1.2 oz.||14.5 oz.||14 oz.||1 oz. (per pack)||7.5 oz.||12.6 oz.|
|Flavors||Orange, grape, lemon, strawberry||49 flavors (incl. blueberry, bubble gum, kiwi, etc)||Orange, grape, cherry, pineapple, strawberry, lemon, lime, licorice||Tangerine||Banana, black pepper, blueberry, booger, vomit||49 flavors (incl. blueberry, bubble gum, kiwi, etc)||Strawberry, cherry, orange, green apple, grape, lemon||Orange, strawberry banana smoothie, fruit punch, berry||Cream soda, bubble gum, very cherry||Stink Bug, Toasted Marshmallow, Canned Dog Food, Chocolate Pudding, Rotten Egg, Buttered Popcorn, etc|
Though you might've had an easy time picking jelly beans as a kid, your palette as an adult has probably developed to crave new textures, flavors, or experiences. To this end, we asked the Candy Critic for his take on what makes a good bean.
Introducing Our Expert
Originally hailing from Canada, the Candy Critic is a globe-trotter. He’s visited and lived in various countries, and has feasted on delicacies and candy from all corners of the world.
Ultimately, jelly beans are a sugary and sweet treat—and anything we put into our stomachs, we want to taste good. So, first up on our quest to find the perfect jelly bean is flavor.
If you love all the original 49 flavors of Jelly Bellies, then you should go for a variety pack. But picky eaters typically turn their noses up at over half the flavors—like chocolate and cinnamon and licorice beans.
Now you can get small assortments of beans that are limited to six or eight popular flavors. That way, you don’t need to spend hours searching for your favorite fruit and beverage flavors—like cherry, watermelon, cola, pina colada, or blackberry.
The general rule of thumb is this: the stronger your likes and dislikes are, the less flavors should be in the pack. You could even just go for a bag with just a single flavor.
If I were buying a gift for a friend who wasn’t into candy, I would go with simple fruit. The majority of people are going to like it. Creatively, it’s the cheap way out; logically, it’s the flavor people are actually going to like.
But the thing I find with some of the more obscure flavors is that there were certain flavors that were always good combined with other beans. In fact, Jelly Belly used to come out with a recipe book every year that showed you how to create new flavors by eating multiple beans at once.
Jelly Belly really gets creative with their creations. They’ve gone through so many collaborations you can find almost any type of food in jelly bean form—like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Cold Stone Ice Cream, Dr. Pepper, A&W Cream Soda, Snapple, and Pancake flavors. They’re not all equally delicious, but they’re out there for the adventurous and brand-loving.
Many brands have also introduced mixes that are purely fruit flavors only, like Jelly Belly’s Superfruit Mix, Brach’s Island Fruit, or Welch’s Assorted. If you’re feeling daring, you can always get bags that are all spicy or all sour, too. For example, Warhead’s does have its own line of jelly beans—and they’re not that sour, so can really be enjoyed by all.
Food science is an ever-expanding field, as far as developing synthetic flavors that you can stuff into a Jelly Belly. Certain flavors work really well, and certain flavors are just so new. And one of things I discovered is sometimes a flavor requires a texture as well to really work.
Of course, there are always mischievous or curious people out there who collect odd flavors. If you want to play pranks or just try the odd flavor, then get Bertie Bott’s classic vomit and grass flavors. Jelly Belly has also come out with new crowd pleasers, like spoiled milk and dead fish in their BeanBoozled line. Though they may sound odd, you never know if it will actually become a new favorite.
Some beans are like little stones or old jerky—especially if they’ve been left sitting out for a while. A good jelly bean has got an exterior that’s crunchy and an interior that’s the perfect amount of chewiness—just enough to slowly give way as your teeth slide through, but not enough to get stuck in the little grooves of your teeth.
The best way to check for texture, of course, is by eating. And if you’re at a store that lets you taste test, you should do it. But if you’re a purist and must buy online, make sure to check the reviews. Rest assure that if the bean hasn’t got that satisfying shell and soft jelly belly, people are going to complain.
If you’re adding a texture to a candy, you want to make sure it suits the flavor. Jelly Belly tends to have more crunchy beans, since they’re smaller. Whereas your standard bulk jelly beans—since they’re a little bit bigger—tend to have more squishy stuff in the middle, and the texture of the outside tends to be less predominant.
Jelly beans can be surprisingly beautiful. Some are color-coordinated for Valentine’s Day, for instance, and some are jeweled and look like little pearls. You can use them as party favors or even as interior decorations.
Pouring a bunch of aquamarine, navy, and sky-blue ones into a clear, glass jar creates a sea-like look. Lustrous whites or pinks work well with princess-themed children's parties, where you can even top cupcakes with jelly beans.
Packaging does matter. It’s little things like this that will save you a lot of pain and heartache in the long run.
For those on the go, plastic bags are the most compact, and you can fold the top over as you work your way through the bag. Sometimes the bag is even resealable, which makes it even more convenient, as it helps the beans' texture last longer. If you’re buying a gift for a jelly bean-loving coworker, go for a box or jar, though jars make the superior interior decoration.
Finally, if you are of the generous sort and share your beans, get a plastic tub. They stand on their own and are easy to scoop out, portion, and share. Plus, tubs are the easiest to close up again, so they’re the best at keeping your mountain of beans fresh.
There’s two points to packaging. Packaging can keep something fresh. But presentation can also give you an expectation of where you're going, since there are certain expectations connected to how jelly beans are packaged.
I remember a while back, Jelly Belly sent me this sample—it was like a bouquet. And they sent these floral-type fruity flavors, and that worked. If I had had a root beer one in there, it would’ve been weird.
Jelly beans may be a great snack, but there are a variety of other foods out there that are just as equally amazing as beans. We’ve written about other delicious (and healthy!) munchies too, so check out the links below.
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