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JELLY BEANS

Jelly beans were most likely originally made from real fruit juice  - a jelly thickened with grain starch and coated with sugar. Today, most jelly beans contain artificial colors and flavors.

Jellybeans are likely descended from the Middle Eastern confection known as Turkish Delight, a jelly-like confection coated with confectioners sugar. The method making the sugar shell coating was developed in 17th century France, and is known as 'panning'.

The first advertisement for jelly beans was supposedly published in the Chicago Daily News on July 5, 1905.

Jelly beans became associated with Easter in the U.S. during the 1930's.

Almost 15 billion jelly beans are sold during the Easter season. (2001)

 

 

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