12 Random Facts You Didn’t Know About Jelly Beans

It’s National Jelly Bean Day! With jelly beans being one of our favorite treats, we thought we’d celebrate by sharing some fun facts with you:

  1. The origin of jelly beans is kind of a mystery, but they’re thought to be a descendant of Turkish Delight or Jordan Almonds.
  2. The modern day jelly bean was promoted to Union Soldiers during the Civil War.
  3. To create the hard outer shell of a jelly bean and keep the inside gooey, a process is used called “panning.”
  4. In the early 20th century, “jelly bean” was a slang term for a man who put forth great effort to dress stylishly.
  5. Jelly beans became a regular penny candy in the 1900s and were the first confection to be sold by weight rather than price.
  6. Each color of jelly bean used to be sold separately.
  7. In the 1930s, Easter became the most popular time for jelly bean consumption.
  8. There are 16 billion jelly beans manufactured solely for Easter. (That’s enough to circle the Earth 3 times.)
  9. Jelly beans were President Reagan’s favorite candy and for his first inauguration, 7,000 pounds of jelly beans were ordered and distributed. (Jelly Belly created a new flavor, Blueberry, specifically for the event.)
  10. It can take anywhere from 7 to 21 days to make a jelly bean.
  11. In 35 jelly beans, there are about 130 calories and 37 grams of sugar.
  12. Most jelly bean assortments include 8 different flavors.