October 11th, 2011 § § permalink
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Makes 8 ears of corn, 24 cupcakes
Amaize your crowd with this crafty centerpiece inspired by the dried harvest corn decorations that grace doorways each fall. The kernels are gourmet jelly beans in beautiful autumn shades. Sheets of toasted phyllo dough form the tawny corn husks.
24 vanilla cupcakes baked in white paper liners
3 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
Vegetable cooking spray
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
About 4 cups assorted small gourmet Jelly Belly beans in russet, orange, gold, cream, and brown
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with crumpled foil. Cut the phyllo sheets crosswise into 3-inch-wide strips, tapering both ends. Drape the stacked husks on the prepared pan, shaping them over the crumpled foil to make curves. Spray lightly with vegetable cooking spray. Bake until the phyllo is golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. (The husks can be made up to 1 day in advance and kept in an airtight container.)
2. Tint the vanilla frosting pale beige with the cocoa powder.
3. Working with 3 cupcakes at a time, spread some of the pale beige frosting on top. Arrange about 5 straight rows of jelly beans, side by side and close together, on each cupcake. (Try to select flavors that go well together, such as toasted marshmallow, banana, cappuccino, and chocolate pudding.) Repeat with the remaining cupcakes, frosting, and jelly beans.
4. For each ear of corn, place 3 cupcakes end to end on a serving platter, aligning the rows of jelly beans. Arrange the phyllo husks on either side of the corn.
Recipe courtesy of What’s New Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson
August 11th, 2011 § § permalink
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Great for fall gatherings, the Pumpkin cupcake will be a delightful treat for friends and family.
12 spice cupcakes, paper liners removed
1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
Orange food coloring
6 cups (about 3 lbs.) Jelly Belly beans in flavors: Chili Mango, Cantaloupe, Sunkist® Tangerine, Sour Orange, Sunkist Orange, and Orange Sherbet
9 Green Swedish Fish
1. Tint the vanilla frosting pale orange with the food coloring.
2. Trim the tops of 6 cupcakes to make level. Spread some of the orange frosting on top of the trimmed cupcakes. Press cupcakes together, trimmed sides touching, to create 3 tall pumpkin shapes.
3. Working on one tall cupcake pumpkin shape, cover the cupcake with some of the orange frosting. To make pumpkins with horizontal rows start at the base of the cupcake and arrange a row of Jelly Belly beans horizontally around the base. Continue adding horizontal rows to cover the entire double cupcake pumpkin. To position beans vertically start out with a straight row running from the top of the cupcake to the bottom. Continue with rows different shades of orange Jelly Belly beans to create the ribs of the pumpkin. Repeat with the remaining single and double cupcakes and Jelly Belly Beans.
4. For the stem, cut the Swedish Fish in half crosswise. Using the tail half, insert the cut end into the top of the cupcakes to make the pumpkin stem.
Makes 9 Pumpkin cupcakes.
Recipe and photography by: Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, authors Hello, Cupcake!
August 8th, 2011 § Comments Off § permalink
FAIRFIELD, CALIF., – Jelly Belly Candy Company is introducing its first Candy Corn-flavored jelly bean. Now fans can get that buttery taste with a hint of vanilla all wrapped up into a fun Jelly Belly® bean. To showcase this modern twist on the company’s classic Candy Corn, the Jelly Belly beans are decorated with the three colors of orange, yellow, and white reminiscent of the corn kernels. These delicious beans will be available year round, so candy corn lovers don’t have to wait for Halloween to enjoy!
Jelly Belly Candy Company, formerly Goelitz Confectionery Company, has been making Candy Corn since 1898, the longest history of making Candy Corn in the country, and now the company is uniting its masterful creation with the leading brand of jelly beans. Nicknamed “the King of Candy Corn,” the Goelitz family had mastered the science of Candy Corn over three generations, creating the unique three-colored triangular shape confection. The original candy corn was invented in the 1880s at Wunderle Candy of Philadelphia.
Jelly Belly beans in Candy Corn flavor are available in 10-lb. bulk cases and 9-oz. packages. Shipping to stores nationwide begins in June.
July 1st, 2011 § Comments Off § permalink
FAIRFIELD, CALIF., July 1, 2011 – In honor of the return of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans® made by Jelly Belly and in anticipation of the release of this summer’s blockbuster movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: – Part 2, Jelly Belly commissioned Martinez, Calif., artist Kristen Cumings to create a portrait of Harry Potter made from 14,000 Jelly Belly beans.
The portrait will be on display at the Jelly Belly booth # 1207 during the Fancy Food Show from July 10th through the 13th. Come and get lost in the thousands of beans used to create one of literature’s now most well known faces.
Known for her works of art made completely from Jelly Belly jelly beans, Cumings was recently commissioned by Jelly Belly Candy Company to produce eight new pieces of bean art for a collection entitled Jelly Belly Masterpieces of Confectionary Art, which debuted and is currently on exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. The collection replicates world-famous paintings like Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
Jelly Belly Candy Company has over 100 pieces of Jelly Belly Bean Art in their private collection, many of which can be seen on the company’s factory tour in Fairfield, Calif. The most recent subjects for the sweet art include Marilyn Monroe and Ronald Reagan.
About the Artist
Painter and illustrator Kristen Cumings lives in Martinez, California. Her portraits, inspired by people she meets in her daily life, are shown in Bay Area art galleries and are in several corporate and private collections. When she is not painting, Cumings is a teacher’s assistant in a special education classroom in the East Bay.
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.
February 23rd, 2011 § Comments Off § permalink
- Flower Power
Place a smaller vase into a larger vase and fill the space between the two with Jelly Belly beans in colors to match flowers. Arrange fresh flowers in the smaller vase.
- Flower Power
- Table Top Carrot Patch
Place Orange Jelly Belly beans in cone-shaped bag and tie a green ribbon around the top. Fill in a rectangular glass bowl with Kiwi Jelly Belly beans and plant the carrots in the green field.
- Edible Pebbles
Fill a clear votive holder half full with your favorite color Jelly Belly beans and insert candle. Scatter Jelly Belly in the base of any hurricane or tray to add sparkling drama when the candles are lit.
- Centerpieces Double as Gifts
Glass jars filled with tabletop colors of Jelly Belly beans make for an easy centerpiece. At the end of the party, give your guests the jars to take home.
- Decorative Orb
Begin with Styrofoam ball and hot glue tips of Jelly Belly beans to ball working the entire surface. Not edible but certainly a colorful addition to a tabletop.
Jelly Belly Orb
- Flavor Hot Chocolate
Stir in 4 or 5 Sizzling Cinnamon Jelly Belly beans to add some sizzle to your daily cup of hot chocolate.
Add Flavor with Sizzling Cinnamon
- Candy Buffets
Single flavors of Jelly Belly beans in large canisters will tempt guests to scoop their own party favor.
- Jelly Bean Bracelet
Some Jelly Belly beans, a needle and some elastic string and viola, you have everything you need to make a sweet fashion statement!
January 5th, 2011 § § permalink
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Simi Valley, CA—The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation prepares to kick off a year’s worth of celebratory events and educational initiatives in honor of President Reagan’s 100th birthday with the first-ever Presidential-themed float to enter the 122nd Annual Rose Parade. Jelly Belly Candy Company, the maker of President Reagan’s favorite candy, is the corporate sponsor underwriting the float in honor of the life and legacy of Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan inspired freedom and changed the world. The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of America’s 40th President. Those participating in Centennial activities will have a special opportunity to remember the life, legacy, and leadership of President Reagan. Commemorative occasions will be held around the world throughout 2011 – and can be found at: www.reagancentennial.com.
“President Reagan always believed America’s best days were ahead. At a time when many Americans look forward to a New Year with a similar optimism and pride, the Reagan Foundation is proud to kick off the Centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth with the first-ever Presidential themed float in America’s New Year Parade – the Pasadena Tournament of Roses,” says Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Centennial Celebration, Stewart McLaurin.
The 55-foot long, 26-foot high float will feature:
–11 black-and-white photos of iconic moments in Ronald Reagan’s life made out of millions of tiny poppy seeds and rice, applied by hand with great care;
–Statue of President Reagan, a replica of what currently stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda;
–Sculpture of a Bald Eagle, flanked by a rotating sunburst, an enduring symbol of freedom; and
–Over 65,000 red roses – which President Reagan declared America’s National Flower on November 20, 1986.
President Reagan’s love of jelly beans made by the Goelitz family began in 1966 and continued during his two terms as Governor of California. It wasn’t long before jelly beans were passed around at important meetings. “You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful,” President Reagan once said. Reagan’s favorite flavor was Licorice Jelly Belly beans.
“During happy or tense moments in the Reagan White House, a jar of jelly beans was never out of reach,” said Herman Rowland, Chairman of the Board of Jelly Belly Candy Company. “On behalf of my family and our employees, we are proud to be part of a years’ worth of celebratory events and educational activities in honor of Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday! His contributions to America and the world were so important.”
After Ronald Reagan’s presidential win and move to the White House, special Oval Office Jelly Belly jelly bean jars were commissioned for visitors to the Oval Office and Blair House. At the Reagan Library, visitors can see a jar of Jelly Belly beans aboard Air Force One and purchase an exclusive Oval Office jar or a commemorative Jelly Belly Gift Box which includes posters of his quotes and highlights of his presidency that can be ordered here:
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the promotion of the legacy of Ronald Reagan and his timeless principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy, and national pride.
Jelly Belly Candy Company is a family owned candy manufacturer since 1869 and is currently run by the fourth, fifth and sixth generations of the candy family. Known for decades for making Candy Corn, the company came into worldwide prominence after Ronald Reagan was seen eating Jelly Belly beans on the presidential campaign trail in 1980. The company currently makes 93 flavors, plus 100 other gourmet candies including jells, gummies, chocolate covered treats, and seasonal sweets for the major holidays.
August 6th, 2010 § § permalink
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The great thing about making a wreath is that you can make it as large or as small as you like. Just remember to have plenty of Jelly Belly® jelly beans on hand!
9 cupcakes, your favorite flavor, baked in green paper liners and cooled
1 1/2 cups canned vanilla frosting, divided
Red and green food coloring
1/2 cup each, Kiwi, Margarita and Green Apple Jelly Belly® jelly beans
13 red Cherry Sours by Jelly Belly®
2 whole graham crackers
4 thin pretzel sticks
1/2 cup Very Cherry or Cinnamon red Jelly Belly® jelly beans
Coconut Jelly Belly jelly beans
1. Tint 1/2 cup of the vanilla frosting red with the food coloring and spoon frosting into a small resealable bag; set aside. Tint the remaining 1 cup of vanilla frosting green with the food coloring.
2. Spread the tops of the cupcakes with the green frosting. Arrange a line of Green Apple Jelly Belly jelly beans, end to end across the top of all but 1 cupcake. Arrange the Kiwi and Margarita Jelly Belly jelly beans on either side of the Green Apple Jell Belly jelly beans to create the holly leaf shape. Allow the beans to stand up slightly to give some texture or motion. Place the cupcakes in a circle on a serving platter, keeping the plain cupcake at the bottom of wreath.
3. Using a serrated knife cut the graham crackers into two 2 by 1 1/2 inch triangles and two 2 1/2 by 3 inch triangles. Snip a small corner from the bag with the red frosting. Pipe the red frosting on top of the graham cracker pieces. Arrange the Very Cherry Jelly Belly jelly beans in rows on top of the graham cracker pieces. Place the pieces on top of the plain frosted cupcake using the pretzel sticks as support under the crackers to make the bow. Place the cherry sour balls in clusters on top of the wreath and one in the center of the bow.
4. Spread the Coconut Jelly Belly jelly beans all over the platter around the wreath.
Makes 9 cupcakes.
Recipe and photography by: Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, authors Hello, Cupcake!