Easter is Coming: The Strange & Trivial Story of the Jelly Bean

“Don’t tell me you have nothing to talk about during Easter Dinner with my family”

Well, It’s true. The web does have everything. Amazing.  Who would have thought, for example, that there would ever be a recipe for making your own Jelly Beans?

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 packages gelatin

22 oz. sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

4 oz. orange juice

2 oz. lemon juice

4 tsp. orange zest

4 tsp. lemon zest

Baking pan

Cornstarch

Drying rack

Electric mixer with coating bowl attachment

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True or False. A George Clooney Portrait was made from Jelly Beans?

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This 10, 000 Jelly Bean Creation was created before the 2008 Oscars.

http://fisherwy.blogspot.com/2008/02/george-clooney-jelly-bean-portrait.html

This picture confirms my YUMMINESS of George Clooney.

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*By the way, April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day.

*An unknown American candy- maker invented jelly Beans in the 1860’s.

*Oddly enough, it wasn’t until 1976 that the original eight flavors were introduced.

*They were Very Cherry, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Lemon, Licorice and Grape.

*Very Cherry has been the most popular flavor until 1998,

when Buttered Popcorn took over. YUM. Very Cherry became the favorite again in 2003.

*Almost 15 million jellybeans are sold during Easter. Enough to circle the Earth more than 5 times.

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*President Reagan has a Jelly Bean Portrait.

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*The name “Jelly Belly” came from 1920’s Blues singer Lead belly.

*Blueberry Jelly beans were invented for President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981 so that red, white and blue jelly beans could be served. Three tons of the Jelly Beans were consumed during the event.

*Regan quit smoking in the 1960’s and took up Jelly Bean eating.

clip_image015*Reagan had a holder designed for Air-Force One so the beans wouldn’t spill in flight. This is where our tax money goes,

*President Reagan sent Jelly Beans to space on the 1983 Space Shuttle Challenger.

*United States candy companies produce 16 billion Jelly Beans a year.

*The Jelly Belly Jelly bean maker produces 50 flavors.

Jelly Belly makes a 1.6oz. box of Jelly Belly BeanBoozled flavor pairings. Actually they are really lucky names for some of their regular flavors. Here they are:

Booger – Juicy Pear

Canned Dog Food – Chocolate Pudding

Skunk Spray – Licorice

Rotten Egg – Buttered Popcorn

Centipede – Strawberry Jam

Baby Wipes – Coconut

Barf – Peach

Moldy Cheese – Caramel Corn

Pencil Shavings – Top Banana

Toothpaste – Berry Blue

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TO DO WITH THE KIDS!!!!!!!!

The DaVinci Science Center in Allentown, Pa. dedicates a “Weekend of Egg-Cellent Adventures and Jelly Bean Jam” April 10-11 and 13. Information at http://www.davinci-center.org/rel040609.html

CREDITS AND MORE INFO:

http://www.foodreference.com/html/fjellybeans.html

www.usefultrivia.com/political_trivia/ronald_reagan_trivia_004a.html

http://www.fanpop.com/spots/candy/quiz/show/237965/which-national-jellybean-day

http://foodmaven.blogspot.com/2007/04/easter-candy-trivia.html

http://www.jellybelly.com/Shop/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=98678

http://reagansbrain.com/

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