Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Know what I mean, Jelly Bean?

This is a cute little saying that my good friend Maggie says. I find it cute and whimsical....and totally appropriate for today.

That's right, did you know today is National Jelly Bean Day? Well, it is my friend. Glorious Jelly Beans. They have been around since the 1800's, and while no one knows the name of the person (probably a woman, by the way) that actually invented the Jelly Bean, we're sure glad *she* did it!

JBEAN CLOSE UP

You know how I love colorful things. So, naturally I am a Jelly Bean fan. However, I cannot seem to jump on the, what I have deemed, "creepy flavors" bandwagon. A Jelly Bean just shouldn't taste like buttered popcorn or boogers. I mean, really? I thought we, as a society, agreed that eating boogers is nasty, no? So why promote eating boogers IN public, WITH your friends, AND laughing while you do it?! I don't know, my friend, I don't know.

Alright, moving on. Jelly Beans have now been created in well over 50 distinct flavors and can be found almost anywhere. Here is Jelly Belly's chart of their "standard" flavors.

JBEAN CHART

Thank goodness the "booger" flavor isn't a standard, yeah?

*clears throat*

Sorry, I just cannot help but dwell on that. It really bothers me....boogers? Who would think of such a flavor?

Ok, ok....so anyway, Jelly Beans have even been served at high-end parties. They're growing up, you know. These Jelly Beans are out having a great time. I hope they have a DD* to get them home safely.
JBEAN Cocktails

Did you know that there is even such a thing as a Jelly Bean Bar? Yes, indeed there is. It is OK if you didn't know, I didn't either. See, we're forming bonds, learning together.

JBEAN BAR

Yes, evidently, someone has spent a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of time eating Jelly Beans in different combinations and seeing what it tastes like. Everything, from desserts like Tiramisu to WINE. Yes, I said wine. I found this information on Isn't She Lovely.

So, in light of National Jelly Bean Day, would you like to do something else super fun? Yes? I thought you might.

Alright, here we go:

Leave a comment and tell me YOUR favorite Jelly Bean flavor. It can even be a "specialty" flavor that is not on the "standard" flavor list.

Comments will be accepted now through 5 PM Eastern on Thursday, April 23rd.

Then, I will go to RANDOM.org and we'll have ourselves a winner!

"A winner of what?", you might ask? Well, that part is a surprise! It is something yummy, something sweet, something special. You'll just have to comment to find out what it is!

[Please remember if you choose to leave an ANON comment to include your name and some sort of contact info]

*DD = Designated Driver (non-drinker) for those who didn't know.

Enjoy!
-Erica

27 comments:

  1. My favorite is Cherry. i don't like most of the gourmet flavors. i agree w/ you some flavors just should not be made into a jell bean!

    Chris Agostarola tweety22371@aol.com

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  2. My fave jelly beans are the jolly rancher ones! yummy!!! Amber!!!

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  3. Oh my gosh, pick only one? Really? That's practically impossible. I, too, am a devout jelly bean fan. And would you believe I've heard of having bean bars? At weddings, even? It did make me LOL when I heard about it, though. ;) Anyway, if I simply must choose just one, I think I would have to go with Raspberry. Cause, ya know, yum.

    Beth
    http://createyourtraditions.blogspot.com

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  4. That is so funny you are talking about jelly beans-- Since Easter I have a huge bowl of jellybeans on my kichen table-- I was just eating them before I turned on the computer.
    I love Cherry ones!!!! They are low calorie too so great to get a sweet taste and curb the snacking on lots of high calorie junk food.
    Sharon Groff
    snowflake15223@yahoo.com

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  5. While I must agree with you on the "basic" JB flavors, I do take a liking to the Jelly Belly Pina Colada. Hawaiian girls LOVE the tropical flavor and while pineapple is not a fav of mine, it can be tolerated with large doses of coconut to stimulate the senses!

    kawena@cinci.rr.com

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  6. I LOVE Jelly Beans! They are quite possibly my favorite of all candy! My favorite flavor is the Jelly Belly watermelon ones! Oh, they are divine!

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  7. I love the PEACH Jelly Belly's (I'm from GA!!!)
    This is a GrEaT Giveaway! I love surprises!
    Leslie
    LeslieVeg@msn.com
    http://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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  8. My favorite is Buttered Popcorn. Black pepper(from the Bertie Bott's collection) was a surprising second.

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  9. tutti frutti is my fave!

    ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

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  10. I like so many of them! Strawberry Daiquiri is one of my faves, followed by Dr. Pepper and Cotton Candy.

    talonsmom731 at gmail dot com

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  11. watermelon is my fave
    the booger one is a tie-in with Harry Potter
    nor_lou at hotmail dot com

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  12. I like Black Licorice jelly beans. cdziuba@aol.com

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  13. Raspberry and Licorice and close second.
    Hope I win your price.
    Elisabet
    liveleisurely@yahoo.com

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  14. I have never really been much of a jelly bean connoisseur but I have always enjoyed the sizzling cinnamon ones. All the others are just so unnatural.

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  15. You know, I don't even know what it's called...but we used to get lighter pastel colored ones as kids around Easter, and the lilac colored ones were soooo goood :D And I LOVE surprises, so great contest!!

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  16. I love Buttered Popcorn! Mmmm

    Thanks! Monica
    moni-777@hotmail.com

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  17. My favorite is the Coconut or Cream Soda! Thanks for entering me into your giveaway!
    unforgetable_dreamer_always (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

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  18. I like the black licorice jelly beans
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  19. Tangerine are my favorites.
    iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

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  20. Buttered Popcorn is one of my faves -- it's such a contradiction to have it as a jelly bean flavour! lol... Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  21. My fav jelly bean is from Jelly Belly's Smoothie Blend Jelly Beans. Cherry/Passion Fruit
    lausting@yahoo.com

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  22. Raspberry & Kiwi together is a glorious combination of jelly bean goodness.


    jleprogreen@yahoo.com

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  23. I like strawberry flavor the most. Yum!

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  24. I like the buttered popcorn the best.

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  25. I love (!!!) the buttered popcorn flavor.

    sleepingKelly@sleepingKelly.com

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  26. yo i love my fanny fly he takes care of my fanny

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