National Jelly Bean Day
Foods & Beverages
What do you mean Jelly Bean?

When: April 22nd

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Hmm, Jelly Beans are so fun, creative and delicious.  There is a flavor for everybody to enjoy, no matter your tastes.  Today you could start a arts a crafts project and use Jelly Beans as an edible way to decorate your creation. If you are really bored, you could buy a bag of random flavored Jelly Beans and count how many of your favorite flavor was in the bag.


There are currently 50 official flavors of Jelly Beans!


Most historians agree that jelly beans were first introduced in the United States with the celebration of Easter, during the 1930s and were placed inside plastic Easter eggs. Jelly beans are known as small bean-shaped candies with a soft sugary outer coated shell and and thick gel jelly type inside.  They are mostly made of sugar and are available in a huge variety of colors and flavors.  It was not until 1905, that jelly beans were first reported in the Chicago Daily News as bulk jelly beans sold by volume for nine cents a pound.  The most popular jelly beans packets are sold as an assortment of eight different flavors. One of the largest and most recognizable Jelly Bean brands is Jelly Belly, the company produces many different flavors, including berry, tropical fruit, soft drink, popcorn, licorice.  Often candy stores have fun displays that have thousands of Jelly Beans, and you can use a scoop and a plastic bag to select as many as you want and then pay by the weight.

Interesting Facts

  1. In a successful attempt to give up smoking, President Ronald Reagan began eating Jelly Beans instead.
  2. People ate about 15 billion Jelly Belly jelly beans last year.
  3. Jelly Belly can make 1,680 Jelly Belly beans per second.
  4. Still among the best flavors today.  The original eight flavors of Jelly Belly beans in 1976 were Very Cherry, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Lemon, Licorice and Grape.
  5. It takes between 7 to 14 days to make a Jelly Belly jelly bean.


  • April 22nd
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