Fun Facts About Jelly Beans
Jelly beans are more popular around Easter time than any other time of the year even though they are in grocery stores and candy stores all year round. People fill Easter baskets with jelly beans because their shapes remind people of miniature Easter eggs. Since the 1930s, Easter has been a peak jelly bean season.
Every year, there are about 16 billion jelly beans produced just for Easter. If the small beans were laid end to end, they would circle the earth more than three times.
April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day, but that doesn't mean people can't eat and enjoy them on other days.
Jelly beans have been around a long time. They were thought to have been sent to soldiers in 1861 during the American Civil War when Boston confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send them his jelly beans.
Even though the candy is small in size, it is big in flavor and it takes from 7 to 21 days just to make one of the small bean-shaped candy with a hard shell and a thick chewy gummy interior that is made primarily of sugar.
Benefits of Eating Jelly Beans
There is no need to feel guilty when you eat jelly beans because each small jelly bean has only four calories and zero fat. In one serving of 35 beans, there are 130 calories and 37 grams of sugar. If you are concerned about the sugar, you can buy sugar-free jelly beans.
Jelly beans work miracles for people who are in a bad mood. It is wise to keep a jar full of them on your desk at work to keep you in a good mood. They will keep you from getting upset with your boss and co-workers. When you feel an argument coming one, grab a handful of jelly beans. Offer other some as well.
President Ronald Reagan and Jelly Beans
It is not unusual for Presidents of the United States to have a guilty pleasure just like everyone else. Former President Ronald Reagan enjoyed eating jelly beans.
Because President Reagan loved jelly beans, they became very popular during his administration in 1980. For his first inauguration in 1981, three-and-a-half tons of Jelly Bellies were shipped to the White House festivities. That was about 7,000 pounds of jelly beans that were distributed to everyone there.
The blueberry flavor was developed especially for the inauguration so that there would be red, white and blue jelly beans at the festivities. However, the president's go-to flavor was licorice,
He kept a jar on his desk in the Oval Office and on Air Force One his entire eight years in office. They were always on hand for his sweet tooth, and they gave him a quick boost of energy when he needed a pick me up. He first started eating them to help him quit smoking when he was the governor of California. After he gave up smoking, he didn't give up eating jelly beans.
Reagan wasn't selfish with his jelly beans. He often gave handfuls of them to members of his cabinet and to his White House guests.
Jelly Bean Colors and Fruit Flavors
Other Interesting Things about Jelly Beans
- Jelly beans were the first candy to be sold by weight rather than by the piece.
- People used to buy them by color instead of getting a mixture of them.
- Jelly beans were aboard the 1983 Challenger Space Shuttle and traveled to outer space.
- Back in the 1910s and early 1920s, a "Jelly bean” was slang for a man who dressed stylishly to attract women, but he had little else going for him.