Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. What makes Jelly Belly beans different from other jelly beans?
Jelly Belly jelly beans differ from ordinary jelly beans because of their authentic and intense flavours, the number of flavours, the smaller size and the brilliant colours. Developed for the sophisticated palate, many Jelly Belly flavours use fine natural ingredients when possible to flavour the beans, i.e., milk chocolate, coconut, and fruit juices and purees such as strawberry, pear and passion fruit.
2. Is Jelly Belly the first of its kind?
Yes, Jelly Belly was the first jelly bean to blend flavours into the heart of the bean. Traditional jelly beans have no flavouring in the centre. Jelly Belly is The Original Gourmet Jelly Bean®.
3. How many different Jelly Belly flavours are there and what are they?
Fifty official flavours are made year round. Test flavours are introduced regularly to the Jelly Belly consuming public. Depending on their popularity they enter the fifty official flavours line-up or are dropped in favour of new trials. Currently new flavours are Chili Mango, Lychee, and Mooncake.
4. How are flavours tested?
Before an introduction, a new Jelly Belly bean is subjected to a Critic Session and Tasting Party. These sessions bring top management and employees together to submit opinions. The proposed new Jelly Belly bean is rated by flavour, colour, texture of the centre, appearance and thickness of the shell. When we reach an enthusiastic consensus of opinion, we release a new flavour to the public. It’s called the “WOW” factor!
5. When were Jelly Belly jelly beans invented?
Jelly Belly beans first appeared on the shelves of fine candy stores in the United States in 1976. They are now sold in over 50 countries worldwide.
When introduced in 1976, Jelly Belly beans were an instant success in the marketplace. They have become the favourite of many famous personalities from journalist Larry King, musicians Phil Collins, and Jewel, and actors Courtney Thorne-Smith, Marlee Matlin, Brad Garrett, to political figures around the world.
They were also the first jelly beans in outer space when they went up with the U.S. astronauts in the June 21, 1983 voyage of the space shuttle Challenger (the same voyage as the first American woman in space, Sally Ride).
6. How were Jelly Belly beans invented?
A Los Angeles candy distributor had an idea for a new breed of jelly beans made from “natural” flavours. A phone call to Herman Rowland, president of Herman Goelitz Candy Co. (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) intrigued the candy maker. The company had been successfully making jelly beans since 1965, but this was something entirely new. Our master candy makers went to work and came up with eight flavours in a small bean packed with intense flavour in the centre and the shell. The “original gourmet jelly bean” was born. Jelly Belly Candy Company continues to use real ingredients, when possible, to flavour Jelly Belly beans.
7. Is there any special way to eat a Jelly Belly?
Yes! The flavours are so dramatically different that we recommend you eat one at a time to discover the true flavour of each and every Jelly Belly bean. You can also creatively mix complementary flavours for a real gourmet treat. For example:
2 Lemon + 2 Coconut = Lemon Meringue Pie
2 Candy Floss + 2 Lemon = Pink Lemonade
1 Cantaloupe + 1 Green Apple = Honeydew Melon
Create a recipe yourself!
8. How many calories are in a single Jelly Belly bean?
There are approximately 4 calories per bean, or about 100 calories per single serving 28g. They have no fat content, no dairy, no gluten, and no gelatine. Jelly Belly beans offer a satisfying burst of flavour for modest calorie investment.
9. How many Jelly Belly beans are produced a day?
Together, Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield, California, and its North Chicago, Illinois factories can produce 1,680 beans per second. Over 2 billion beans are produced in the Thailand factory each year.
10. Are tours of the factory offered to the public?
Yes! Last year 450,000 visitors took the free tour of our state-of-the-art plant in Fairfield, California. Guides lead visitors on the Jelly Belly Trail, a quarter-mile long elevated walkway offering a bird’s eye view of the candy making. Tours are given on a first come basis daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except holidays, April 1 and the last week in June through the first week in July. Information is available by calling 1 (800) 953-5592 within the United States and 1 (707) 428-2800 outside the United States.
The Jelly Belly Centre located in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, near Kenosha opened its doors for public tours July 28, 2001. Free warehouse tours via indoor train operate daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11. Are there any flavours which outsell the rest?
Currently, Very Cherry, Liquorice, Buttered Popcorn, Juicy Pear and Watermelon are at the top of the hit parade. Tastes vary by country, however. In England the most popular flavours are Very Cherry and Green Apple; in Korea they are Berry Blue and Candy Floss; in Australia they are Buttered Popcorn and Bubble Gum; and in Germany they are Very Cherry and Tutti Fruitti.
We continue to make a large variety of flavours because it has been an important element to the popularity of Jelly Belly beans–people love to select their favourite flavours.
12. How much do Jelly Belly beans cost?
Retail prices vary in different counties, but they currently range from USD 2.50 to USD 4.00 per 100g.
13. When did former President Ronald Reagan first become a customer of the Jelly Belly Candy Company?
In 1967, when he became governor of California, President Reagan began eating traditional “pectin” jelly beans made by Jelly Belly Candy Company (formerly Herman Goelitz Candy Co.) in order to help him kick the pipe-smoking habit. In 1976, he was one of the first to switch to Jelly Belly beans.
14. How many Jelly Belly beans went to the Presidential Inaugural ceremonies in January 1981?
Over three thousand kilos of Jelly Belly beans were shipped to Washington for the Inaugural festivities. Blueberry, one of the most popular current flavours, was invented especially in honour of the American flag and President Reagan’s inauguration so he could have red, white and blue beans.
15. Where do I find Jelly Belly?
Visit us at JellyBelly.com and check out our store locator to find the nearest Jelly Belly retailer in your area. You can also contact your local Jelly Belly distributor directly for assistance and more information via their websites.
16. What is Jelly Belly Art?
Large scale mosaics are made from Jelly Belly beans into celebrity portraits and classic works of art. The art was originally the brainstorm of San Francisco artist Peter Rocha, who was entranced by the brilliant colours of the beans. The Jelly Belly Art calling has since been taken up by other artists. The Jelly Belly Collection of 100 pieces of Jelly Belly art is exhibited around the United States and selected countries. The collection includes portraits of Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty, Amelia Earhardt, Queen Elizabeth II, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, George Washington, Elvis Presley, and classic works of art like the Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and The Starry Night. Many of them may be seen on the factory tour at our California headquarters or online at JellyBelly.com