No matter what the origins of National Jelly Bean Day, every April 22nd (also known as Earth Day) millions of jelly bean fans coast to coast celebrate the candy that’s not just for Easter anymore….Who doesn’t love a jelly bean? From good old cherry or buttered popcorn to more adventurous flavors like latte and chili mango?
Once mainly associated with Easter and Halloween holidays jelly beans are now an everyday treat and there’s no better time to celebrate them than Jelly Bean Day.
You can enjoy Jelly Bean Day by using the beans in craft activities with your kids or staging your own ‘how many beans in the jar’ contest. Whatever you do, don’t forget that the tastiest way to celebrate Jelly Bean Day is by eating lots of jelly beans!
Some Jelly bean fun facts
- The jelly bean dates back to at least the 1860’s — when jars of the tasty treats were promoted as morale boosters for army troops fighting in the Civil War.
- Jelly beans were always traditionally made from sugar and artificial flavors, but in the 1980’s a revolution in jelly bean varieties exploded with the introduction of “Jelly Belly” jelly beans. Made with real fruit juices — and in flavors such as tangerine, green apple, and very cherry — Jelly Belly soon became one of the most popular jelly beans in the nation.
- Even President Ronald Reagan was known for his love of Jelly Belly jelly beans, as he always kept a jar of the sweet treats on his desk in the Oval Office (his favorite flavor was licorice.) Reagan later became responsible for launching the very first jelly beans into space when he sent a jar to the 1983 Challenger crew as a surprise for the astronauts!
- Today, jelly beans are more popular than ever and are produced at a mind-boggling 16 billion a year. Still the most popular color of jelly bean among American kids? Red!