Jelly Belly Information

Basic Information

Jelly Belly is the company that makes the jelly beans of the same name. In my opinion, these are the best tasting jelly beans around. They use natural flavorings to provide true-to-life flavors. So when they have an uncommon jelly bean flavor such as Buttered Popcorn, it's really going to taste like popcorn. Even if you're not a big jelly bean fan, I'd suggest that you give Jelly Belly a try. You might be surprised. This is clearly just the barest background about the product. If you want more information, check out the official web site at JellyBelly.com. You can also jump directly to the menu of flavors, recipes, and links here on my page.

As of spring 2002, there are 50 official Jelly Belly flavors, 10 more than there used to be for many years (apparently almost two decades). I found out in late fall 2009 that the line-up of 50 flavors was updated, and as far as I know, this is the first official update since 2002. For reference, Jelly Belly began in 1976 with 8 flavors (Very Cherry, Lemon, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Root Beer, Grape, and Licorice). The official flavors are the ones that are available all year long, according to JellyBelly.com. They produce other flavors that are released for the holidays each year. There are also new flavors, sometimes called "rookie flavors", that are released to the public. Unfortunately, these aren't always easy to obtain. I found a sampler of rookie flavors only once that I can remember. You can buy individual flavors from the official site, but do you really want 1 kg (2.2 lb) of a single flavor you've never tried before and might not like? I wish samplers/mixes of non-official flavors were easier to get. Anyway, depending on the popularity of these rookie flavors, some may make it into the line-up of official flavors, while less popular official flavors may be dropped. For pictures showing the colors of each flavor bean, try JellyBelly.com's flavor guide for the 50 offical flavors. Here's another version of the 50-official flavor menu from JellyBelly UK. Also take a look at http://www.weirdweb.net/jelly/menu.html which includes tips on distinguishing similar colored beans from each other.

Current 50 Official Flavors (~2009): A&W Cream Soda (cream), A&W Root Beer (light brown), Berry Blue (bright blue), Blueberry (dark blue), Bubble Gum (pale pink), Buttered Popcorn (white w/yellow), Cantaloupe [light orange], Cappuccino (brown w/white), Caramel Corn (ecru w/rust), Chili Mango (?), Chocolate Pudding (brown), Cinnamon [dark red], Coconut (white), Cotton Candy (bright pink), Crushed Pineapple (yellow), Dr. Pepper (reddish brown), French Vanilla (white w/speckles), Green Apple (green), Island Punch (lavender), Juicy Pear (speckled green), Kiwi (opaque lime), Lemon Drop (?), Lemon Lime (light green), Licorice (black), Mango (?), Margartia (green w/dark green), Mixed Berry Smoothie (?), Orange Sherbet (neon orange), Peach (speckled orange), Pina Colada (light yellow), Plum (?), Pomegranate (?), Raspberry (maroon), Red Apple (opaque red), Sizzling Cinnamon (red w/yellow), Sour Cherry (?), Strawberry Cheesecake (pink w/red), Strawberry Daiquiri (speckled pink), Strawberry Jam (red w/speckles), Sunkist Lemon (bright yellow) Sunkist Lime (?), Sunkist Orange (orange), Sunkist Pink Grapefruit [pinkish orange], Sunkist Tangerine (pale orange), Toasted Marshmallow (tan w/brown), Top Banana (speckled yellow), Tutti-Frutti (bright speckled pink), Very Cherry (red), Watermelon (dark green w/red), Wild Blackberry (?).

Added: Chili Mango, Mixed Berry Smoothie, Pomegranate, Sour Cherry, Sunkist Lemon, Sunkist Lime, Sunkist Orange, Sunkist Pink Grapefruit, Sunkist Tangerine

Removed: Cafe Latte, Caramel Apple, Grape Jelly, Jalapeno, Lemon, Orange (Juice), Peanut Butter, Pink Grapefruit, Tangerine

P.S. -- colors in parentheses are from a bag of the old assorted 50 flavors; colors in square brackets are from a bag of the old 40 flavors (below) and are being used to fill in on flavors not listed on the 50 flavor bag I had. A few fruit flavors seem to have been relabeled as Sunkist flavors.

Old 50 Official Flavors (~2002): Berry Blue (bright blue), Blueberry (dark blue), Bubble Gum (pale pink), Buttered Popcorn (white w/yellow), Cafe Latte (?), Cantaloupe [light orange], Cappuccino (brown w/white), Caramel Apple (dark tan), Caramel Corn (ecru w/rust), Chocolate Pudding (brown), Cinnamon [dark red], Coconut (white), Cotton Candy (bright pink), A&W Cream Soda (cream), Crushed Pineapple (yellow), Dr. Pepper (reddish brown), French Vanilla (white w/speckles), Grape Jelly [purple], Green Apple (green), Island Punch (lavender), Jalapeno (?), Juicy Pear (speckled green), Kiwi (opaque lime), Lemon (bright yellow), Lemon Drop (?), Lemon Lime (light green), Licorice (black), Mango (?), Margartia (green w/dark green), Orange Juice (orange), Orange Sherbet (neon orange), Peach (speckled orange), Peanut Butter (tan), Pina Colada (light yellow), Pink Grapefruit [pinkish orange], Plum (?), Raspberry (maroon), Red Apple (opaque red), A&W Root Beer (light brown), Sizzling Cinnamon (red w/yellow), Strawberry Cheesecake (pink w/red), Strawberry Daiquiri (speckled pink), Strawberry Jam (red w/speckles), Tangerine (pale orange), Toasted Marshmallow (tan w/brown), Top Banana (speckled yellow), Tutti-Frutti (bright speckled pink), Very Cherry (red), Watermelon (dark green w/red), Wild Blackberry (?).

Added: Berry Blue, Cafe Latte, Caramel Apple, Caramel Corn, Dr. Pepper, French Vanilla, Kiwi, Lemon Drop, Mango, Plum, Red Apple, Strawberry Jam, Wild Blackberry

Removed: Champagne Punch, Hawaiian Punch, Peppermint Stick

P.S. -- colors in parentheses are from a bag of assorted 50 flavors; colors in square brackets are from a bag of the old 40 flavors (below) and are being used to fill in on flavors not listed on the 50 flavor bag I had. Orange Juice may be called just Orange now, too.

Previous 40 Official Flavors (pre-2002): Blueberry (blue), Bubble Gum (pale pink), Buttered Popcorn (white w/yellow), Cantaloupe (light orange), Cappuccino (brown w/white), Champagne Punch (mottled pink), Chocolate Pudding (brown), Cinnamon (dark red), Coconut (white), Cotton Candy (bright pink), A&W Cream Soda (cream), Crushed Pineapple (yellow), Grape Jelly (purple), Green Apple (green), Hawaiian Punch (ruby red), Island Punch (lavender), Jalapeno (none given), Juicy Pear (speckled green), Lemon (bright yellow), Lemon Lime (light green), Licorice (black), Margarita (green w/dk.green), Orange Juice (orange), Orange Sherbet (neon orange), Peach (speckled orange), Peanut Butter (tan), Peppermint Stick (pink w/red), Pina Colada (light yellow), Pink Grapefruit (pinkish orange), Raspberry (maroon), A&W Root Beer (light brown), Sizzling Cinnamon (red w/yellow), Strawberry Cheesecake (speckled white), Strawberry Daiquiri (speckled pink), Tangerine (pale orange), Toasted Marshmallow (tan w/brown), Top Banana (speckled yellow), Tutti-Fruitti (bright speckled pink), Very Cherry (red), Watermelon (dark green w/red).

As far as the non-official flavors go, here's a list of at least some of them. I found these listed on various web sites and Jelly Belly product packaging. Don't count on all of these being readily available. Some probably are available now, but others may be old flavors that were tried but are no longer made or seasonal flavors only available a few months of the year at most. I don't really know, this is just a collection of other Jelly Belly flavors I've found listed somewhere.

Non-Official Flavors: Apricot, Buttered Rum, Buttered Toast, Candy Cane, Carrot Cake, Champagne Bubbles, Champagne Punch, Chocolate Cherry Cake, Cinnamon Danish, Cinnamon Popcorn, Cinnamon Toast, Cranberry, Espresso, Fruit Bowl, Gingerbread, Gramma's Pumpkin Pie, Hawaiian Punch, Honey Graham Cracker, Hot Chocolate, Hot Cider, Key Lime Pie, Passion Fruit, Peppermint Stick, Pineapple, Roasted Garlic, Sours (Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Grape, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry, Watermelon), Spearmint, Sugar Free (Buttered Popcorn, Cherry, Green Apple, Juicy Pear, Lemon, Licorice, Pineapple, Sizzling Cinnamon, Strawberry, Tangerine), Sweet Ginger, Wildberry.

Rookie Flavors: Since most of the old set of "Rookie Flavors" became part of the new official 50 flavors, there's been a fairly big change to this list. The newest menu I got from Jelly Belly (in a 50 flavor sampler gift box) says the new flavors are: Apricot, Buttered Toast, Chocolate Cherry Cake, Honey Graham Cracker, The last time I looked at the Jelly Belly UK site, they said that Cinnamon Toast and Roasted Garlic were the current rookie flavors.

Recipes

While Jelly Belly flavors taste great by themselves, eating one bean at a time, you can also create some other good flavors by eating a couple at once thus combining the individual flavors together into a new one. Jelly Belly products normally include a menu and a few recipes on or inside the packaging. I also found a few web sites with recipes and putting all of this together created the following list of recipes. Ones I got from Jelly Belly in some way (web site, printed menus, packaging, Taste Bud Club mailings, etc.) are tagged with (JB) just for reference. Here's the index page of the JellyBelly.com recipes page. Below is a section of links which is where I found most of the recipes that I didn't take right from Jelly Belly.


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