Jelly Beans Types and Styles

Explore the fun and tasty world of jelly beans

Jelly bean makers in the United States began making this popular sometime around the mid-eighteenth century. It is uncertain exactly when jelly beans originated, but candy manufacturers believe that a Middle Eastern confection known as Turkish delight was the inspiration behind the product. Jelly beans wouldn't be jelly beans without a process known as panning, which uses heated beeswax or other waxy substances to create the hard outer shell. Once done in small pans, large machines create the candy shell we all know. Because of the hardening process, jelly beans take six to ten days to make.

Spring holidays are the most popular time for jelly beans, but there are so many different color and flavor mixes that jelly beans are a great year-round treat. For those looking for more information about jelly beans, there are basically three jelly beans types and styles:

1. Find traditional jelly beans with flavor in the coating.

2. Look for gourmet jelly beans with flavor in the coating and the filling.

3. Consider sugar-free jelly beans as an alternative.

Enjoy traditional jelly beans

The traditional style of jelly beans has flavor in the outer shell. Some jelly bean suppliers will even customize a bag or tin of jelly beans for promotional purposes.

Get to know gourmet jelly beans

Gourmet jelly beans have flavor in the outer shell and the inside. They often have a greater variety of flavors than traditional jelly beans. The most recent trend in jelly beans, first inspired by the Harry Potter series, is bad-tasting flavors such as earwax and rotten egg mixed with regular flavors.

Find sugar-free jelly beans

For diabetics and those looking to reduce their sugar intake, there are sugar-free jelly beans. With sugar substitutes, sugar-free jelly beans have all the flavor and fun of other jelly beans.

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