National Jelly Bean Day:
National Jelly Bean Day is observed every year on the 22nd of April to celebrate the wonderful versatile and colorful candy.
Why is National Jelly Bean Day celebrated?
Jelly bean, A sparkling small bean-shaped type of confectionery that must have added colors to childhood life. This mainly a sugar-coated confectionery comes with a wide color Varieties.
Jelly Beans were first made in the mid-1800s. According to some reports, the candy was an arch rival to the popular sweet Turkish Delight.
In 1861, however, it was that the candy first gained notoriety due to the efforts of one Mr. William Schrafft. Mr. Schrafft, a confectioner, encouraged people to send soldiers fighting in the Civil War jelly beans as a morale booster.
And by the 1930s, the candy was made as a prominent candy in get-togethers especially during the Easter times just because its egg-like shape, and colorful exterior resembled the easter egg.
Jelly Beans have experienced such longevity in the American confectionary market because of brands such as Jelly Belly. They keep on reinventing their brand by creating the Bean boozled challenge and manufacturing Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans from the Harry Potter universe. Thus, ensuring their place in the zeitgeist for a long time.
How can we celebrate National Jelly Bean Day:
- You can have an art competition where people make art with different colors of Jelly beans. A fun spin on this idea is to make a guessing game out of this and give out small prizes if people can guess what the item/person the participant has made.
- Celebrate by making fun treats such as cookies, popsicles, and ice cream.
- Or, if you want to make the candy, you can try and make it from scratch from a variety of recipes available online.
- Another fun game idea is to spin on the classic who can eat the most jelly beans by making it into an endurance challenge where each participant has to eat as many jelly beans of the worst flavor as possible, like vomit, rotten eggs, or spoilt milk.
- You can even play a guessing game where contestants have to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar without holding the jar.
You can be extremely creative with how you wish to celebrate this day with friends, families, and co-workers by putting your spin on these ideas and share it on social media using #NationalJellyBeanDay
Interesting facts about National Jelly Bean Day:
Some interesting facts about Jelly bean to enjoy this day,
- The blueberry flavored jelly bean was created especially for President Ronald Raegan’s inauguration.
- Jelly Belly was the first brand of jelly beans to make it to space as it was aboard the Challenger.
- Over 15 billion jelly beans are consumed every year. The number of jelly beans consumed in a year is enough to encircle the earth more than 5 times.
- Under the right circumstances, it takes 7-14 days to make jelly beans.
- Stephanie Lodgson, a 12-year-old from New York City, made history in April of 2000 when she created the world’s largest art piece made entirely from jelly beans. It took approximately 210,000 jelly beans to make her 320 square feet long art piece.
- In September of 2017, MC Asha Leo, who was hosting the GWR Facebook Profile Show in Tochigi, Japan, was awarded in the Guinness Book of World Record for eating 40 jelly beans within a minute using only chopsticks.
- For a stop-motion animated music video, “In Your Arms” by Kina Grannis in 2011, Jelly Belly donated over 288,000 jelly beans in 47 different flavors.
- According to Jelly Belly’s official website, the top three flavors of jelly beans are- Very Cherry, Buttered Popcorn, and Licorice.
- The barf flavored jelly bean was originally intended to be a delicious pizza-flavored bean.
- People sent jelly beans to soldiers during the civil war as a morale booster.
In the 60s, during Beatlemania, fans of ‘The Beatles’ would throw the candy on the stage as they performed since George Harrison loved the candy. In the 60s, Ronald Raegan started using Jelly Beans to stop him from smoking cigarettes. The late ex-President was such a massive fan of the beans that the Herman Goelitz Candy Company supplied Jelly Beans in the colors of the American Flag for his inauguration. Since they didn’t have a blue-colored candy before that, they specially created a blueberry-flavored candy. President Raegan was also known to keep the candy handy on his desk at all times. And even surprised the astronauts on the Challenger Mission with Jelly Beans. Making Jelly Belly, the first brand of jelly beans to make it to space in 1983.
History of National Jelly Bean Day:
The origin of this celebration is unknown!