What can we celebrate today?

Happy Jelly Bean Day!

Posted on: April 22, 2012

Okay, I know, you were probably expecting a post about Earth Day. And yes, that is an important day deserving of much recognition. And that’s why all the major news sources and blogs will be doing so much of it.

And THAT is why I will be talking aobut Jelly Bean Day! Because Jelly Beans do not get enough recognition.

Jelly Beans are a decidedly under appreciated candy. Sure, I bet you get Jelly Beans in your Easter basket (a practice that started in the 1930’s, some say), and maybe you munch on a few, but I bet you really head for the chocolate, and the poor Jelly Beans just get left for last.

Well, I LOVE Jelly Beans. I love the classic Birds Egg style Jelly Beans that have been around since the 1860’s, and I love the newer gourmet Jelly Beans from companies such as Jelly Belly (founded in 1960, and they now have over 50 flavors!). They usually come in bags with a few assorted flavors, but you can buy your favorite tastes individually from most Jelly Bean manufacturers. My favorite flavors, hands down, are Jelly Belly’s Buttered Popcorn, Toasted Marshmallow, and Strawberry Cheesecake.

And Jelly Beans are not only for eating, but for decorating- you can put Jelly Beans on any dessert type food to make it more colorful and fun. Cakes, cookies, Gingerbread houses- why, I bet you could even make a Jelly Bean Pie (seriously, if any of you can come up with a way to make a Jelly Bean Pie I want that recipe)! Some people even make amazing art from the tiny candies:

 

Munch on some Jelly Beans today- it’s like concentrated springime, or maybe concentrated childhood.

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