Around the world small, sweet, sugar filled candies bring enjoyment to those who consume them. What are these tiny, pleasure inducing sweets? The answer is jelly beans. Jelly beans are produced in numerous varieties and flavors; therefore, their story is just as diverse and colorful as they are.
The History of Jelly Beans
Initially, the first jelly bean was created in the early 1800s by an unknown American candy maker. However, one can trace back the beginnings of their production process to 17th century France. The French made Jordan Almonds, sugar glazed almonds, by a process called panning, which is now used to make the hard-sugar coating on jelly beans. Panning is the rocking of a desired item in a container filled with syrup and sugar until it forms a hard candy shell. By the mid-1800s jelly beans had become very popular in the United States. An 1861 advertisement, even recommended sending jelly beans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. The most popular jelly bean distributer soon became The Herman Goelitz Candy Company (established in 1869), today known as The Jelly Belly Candy Company. Originally, jelly beans were sold by weight and flavor then taken home in paper bags; but beginning in 1976, the Jelly Belly Company created pre-mixed and assorted flavored bags. The eight original mixed flavors were: Root Beer, Very Cherry, Cream Soda, Green Apple, Grape, Lemon, Licorice, and Tangerine. Today, The Jelly Belly Company has one hundred and thirty-three flavors and is constantly adding to their wide assortment.
What are Jelly Beans?
Indeed, many people have had jelly beans but few know of the process in which they are produced. Frist, it is necessary to understand what jelly beans are; jelly beans contain a je...
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