Who Invented Jelly Beans?

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Everybody loves jelly beans. They are the perfect sweet treat for any occasion, but who invented jelly beans.

Turns out the jelly bean has a rich and exiting history behind it! So, get comfy and crack open a jar of delicious gourmet The Jelly Bean Factory jelly beans as we tell you who invented jelly beans.

Who Invented Jelly Beans?

No one really knows who first invented the jelly bean really. Before jelly beans there were other jelly sweets but the oldest one we know is Turkish Delight.

Turkish Delight is believed to be the oldest know sweet recipe and it had remained unchanged for years. Turkish Delight is made by boiling sugar until it becomes thick and gelatinous and is traditionally flavoured with rose water, although the flavours changed over time.

People have been moulding Turkish Delight and other jelly sweets to shapes for years, but it was an American confectionary name William Schrafft starting selling his own bean shaped jelly sweets, or as he called them jelly beans.

Jelly beans grew in popularity over time. They were a popular gift sent to soldiers during the American civil war to help keep up moral. During the 1930 jelly beans became synonymous with easter because of their egg like shape.

Jelly beans really grew in popularity in the 60’s after actor and governor Ronald Reagan declared that jelly beans were his favourite sweet. Since then the humble jelly bean has been steadily growing in popularity and has even made a few TV and film appearances that cemented the tasty little beans as truly iconic sweets.

But the jelly bean worlds was change forever in 1988 when father and son Peter and Richard Cullen founded The Jelly Bean Factory.

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Who Perfected Jelly Bean?

Jelly beans are typically made by coating flavourless jelly with a sweet flavoured sugar courting. This gives you a nice taste on the outside but once you have bit into the jelly bean or the sugar has dissolved then you’re left with a mouthful of bland flavourful jelly.

Here at The Jelly Bean Factory we have developed a different, better way to flavour jelly beans. We are crazy about amazing huge flavour, so much so that we have 36 huge flavours for you to choose from!

We fill the jelly inside our jelly beans with mouth watering flavour made with the finest all natural fruit juices and concentrates to give you the juiciest, most flavourful jelly.

We then coat the jelly in our smooth, shiny, crunchy sugar shell also flavour with all the best flavouring and sugars. We are proud to use only the best ingredients to give all of our jelly beans they’re bright and vibrant colour.

The crunchy shell and juicy middle combine to make our amazing trademark gourmet jelly beans.

The best thing the jelly bean factory gourmet jelly beans is the almost everyone can eat them.

We have tried to make our jelly beans as inclusive as we can so that as many people as possible can eat our tasty gourmet jelly beans.

That’s why we use an innovative starch based gelatine in our jelly beans. By eliminating the use of substances like gelatine pork products and wheat, we can safely say that all of our products are vegetarian, gluten-free, halal and kosher!

They are also free from all 14 EU Allergens (Gluten, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Eggs, Milk, Sesame, Fish, Crustaceans, Molluscs, Soya, Sulphite and Lupin) and contain no harmful chemicals or unnecessary E-numbers.

Unfortunately, our gourmet jelly beans are not suitable for vegans. We use something called shellac, which is extracted from beetles and beeswax which is produced by bees. We try to extract these products in the safest way possible but we cannot confirm the insects would not be hurt in the process. For that reason our jelly beans are not classed as vegan.

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