National Jelly Bean Day

National Jelly Bean Day: Celebrating the Sweetness of Colorful Candies — On April 22nd, candy enthusiasts around the world unite to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day! These delightful, bean-shaped confections have been a favorite treat for generations. Let’s dive into the fascinating history, fun facts, and ways to enjoy these sugary gems.

National Jelly Bean Day

National Jelly Bean Day: Celebrating the Sweetness of Colorful Candies — On April 22nd, candy enthusiasts around the world unite to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day! These delightful, bean-shaped confections have been a favorite treat for generations. Let's dive into the fascinating history, fun facts, and ways to enjoy these sugary gems.

Jelly Belly is one of the most popular jelly bean brands globally, known for its wide range of flavors and quality. Of course, there are many other names and a lot of generic versions.

The Origins of Jelly Beans

  • While candies made in a similar manner existed before the jelly bean, it was Boston confectioner William Schrafft who popularized them during the Civil War.
  • With their firm exterior, jelly beans were the first candies sold by the pound, and Schrafft encouraged customers to send them to Union soldiers.
  • In the 1930s, jelly beans became closely associated with the Easter holiday due to their egg-like shape.
  • Today, confectioners make jelly beans available year-round, so there’s no excuse not to enjoy them whenever you crave a burst of sweetness.

Fun Facts About Jelly Beans

  • Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, loved jelly beans so much that they were present at his inauguration.
  • He started eating them when he quit smoking years before, and the Herman Goelitz Candy Company even created a blueberry jelly bean specifically for the occasion.
  • Each jelly bean contains about 4 calories, making them a guilt-free indulgence.
  • “The Gross Jelly Beans” are a popular novelty jelly bean product that features unconventional and sometimes unpleasant flavors. They are often marketed as a fun challenge or prank, with flavors such as earwax, booger, and vomit. Jelly Belly produces a line of jelly beans called “BeanBoozled” which includes these gross flavors along with their regular ones, adding an element of surprise to the experience.

How to Celebrate

  1. Enjoy a Handful: Grab your favorite jelly bean flavor and savor the sweet burst of color.
  2. Share on Social Media: Use the hashtag #NationalJellyBeanDay to spread the joy.
  3. Send a Postcard: Download and print the Jelly Bean postcard, color it, and mail it to someone who’ll appreciate it.
  4. Jelly Bean Prayer: Print off this free printable of a prayer using the colors of jelly beans and hand out jelly beans along with it.

Jelly Bean Art

  • Get creative! Artists have even recreated popular art pieces using jelly beans. They add a fun pop of color to any room. (Try Googling Jelly Bean Art)

So, whether you’re tossing jelly beans in the air or adding them to your favorite recipes, embrace the playful spirit of National Jelly Bean Day!

Check out this other jelly bean holiday, Jump for Jelly Beans Day.

Sources:

  1. National Day Calendar
  2. National Today
  3. Date & Time
  4. Holiday Calendar
  5. Day Finder

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