If your sweet tooth has been acting up, you’re in luck. Besides Earth Day, April 22nd is also National Jelly Bean Day. While the origins of this annual holiday are unknown, folks have been enjoying jelly beans for over one hundred years. It’s believed the first jelly belly was invented by an unknown American candy maker back in the 1800s. Jelly beans are tiny treats shaped like little eggs that are packed full of flavor.
One of the most famous jelly bean connoisseurs was United States President Ronald Reagan. A blueberry flavor was specially created for his 1981 Presidential Inauguration. More than 3 tons of jelly beans were eaten during the event!
Today’s sweet treats come in all sorts of colors and flavors. From sweet and sour to spicy and gourmet, jelly beans sure are tasty treats that are fun to eat. Whether you grab ’em by the handful or pick out your favorite flavor one-by-one, jelly beans are just plain fun! In honor of the annual occasion, why not enjoy a handful or two of delicious jelly beans? Bet you can’t eat just one.
National Jelly Bean Day Recipes, Cocktails, Fun & Games
- Bean Art Maker – This interactive online project, from the folks at Jelly Belly, is too fun. Upload a photograph of a friend or favorite pet and within seconds, the image will be “bean-ized.”
- If you happen to be in Fairfield, California, be sure to stop by the Jelly Belly Factory and Visitor Center.
- Homemade Jelly Beans – Why not whip up your own homemade jelly beans this year?
- Jelly Bean Cocktail – Here’s a jelly bean-inspired recipe just for grown-ups.
- Sparkling Jelly Bean Martini Recipe – ‘Nuff said!
- Jelly Belly Flower Cookie Pops – OMG! These are adorable and perfect for spring or Easter!
- Jelly Bean Fudge – Whip up a batch of fabulous Jelly Bean Fudge for National Jelly Bean Day.
- Jelly Bean Scones – This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, one egg, unsalted butter, heavy cream, vanilla extract and jelly beans. Make sure to take out all the licorice flavored beans.
- Jelly Bean Cookies – How cute are these?
- Jelly Bean Carrots – Speaking of carrots, Martha Stewart shares this cute edible decoration idea that requires orange jelly beans, a pastry bag, green rickrack or ribbon and a basket.
- White Chocolate Jelly Bean Nests – Here is another edible decorating idea perfect for Easter.
- If you love the deliciousness of Jelly Belly gourmet candies, try mixing and matching several candies for a wonderful result.
- Jelly Bean Fun – The kids will have practicing their math skills while enjoying one or two jelly beans too.
- Blindfold Taste Test – Gather up the kiddies for a little taste testing party. Blindfold the participants and have them guess the flavor of different jelly beans.
- Take a Guess – Fill a clear jar with Jelly Beans and have your children or students guess how many beans are in the jar. The winner gets to keep the jar.
- Jelly Bean Jungle – A great site for kids. Sing along, watch TV, play games and more.
- Jelly Bean Lessons for Teachers – All about being different.