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Some of us harbor a dark secret, one that leaves us shamed and reviled by all those who, by their estimation, are the repositories of better taste. They sneer at our choices and look upon us with disgust as we dive in and enjoy that thing which bears all the rich, bittersweetness that we love in life.

That’s right. We like the Black Jellybeans, the dark sheep of the Easter Bunny’s basket of indulgences. National Jelly Bean Day celebrates the entire rainbow of flavors that the world has to offer, and that includes our precious black licorice, and so we can for once agree on one small detail. That Jelly Beans are delicious, and the world would be a sadder place without them.

Learn about National Jelly Bean Day

Who doesn’t love an excuse to eat as many sweets as they want without feeling bad about it? Well, that’s what National Jelly Bean Day is all about. After all, how are you going to celebrate the jelly bean properly if you don’t have a good helping of them?

Jelly beans are one of the most popular types of candies around the world. They come in many different vibrant colors, with flavors that are just as exciting! A lot of restaurants give their customers some jelly beans with their receipt as well. We’re sure you get just as excited as us when you see the bill arrive with some colorful sweet treats!

History of National Jelly Bean Day

Jelly Beans have a long history, reaching back further than their association with Easter and, in fact, the Easter Bunny. In the mid-1800’s, the Jelly Bean was developed, bringing these flavorful rainbows into our lives and much joy with them.

It is thought that the original bean was inspired by the sweet candy known as Turkish delight, comprised of rich fruit and powdered sugar. Perhaps the development was someone trying to find a less messy and more portable version of this already popular treat.

Jelly Beans have had a surprisingly deep influence on our culture, with the term expanding beyond meaning a simple delicious candy. The term Jelly Bean has been used to describe simple multi-use electronics equipment in the Electronics Industry, as well as the odd but distinctly American use in the 1910’s. During this time Jelly-Bean was often used to describe a youth who dressed in the latest style to catch the eye of young women, but beyond that had little to offer those who took the bait.

One of the most well-known uses of Jelly Beans is in the hugely successful Harry Potter series, wherein we can find the devilish and untrustworthy “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean”. A rather adventurous assortment of Jelly Beans where the flavors could literally be anything you imagine. While some of these flavors haven’t translated into real life, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean is indeed a product you can buy, with such flavors as Earwax, Vomit, and more. Certainly not for the faint of heart.

How to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day

First off, take a big bag of Jelly Beans and make them disappear down your gob hole. Yes yes, you can leave the black ones if you like, we’ll just accept them by SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) at our office’s address. Thank you very much. Or you can share them with other right-thinking people who live in your vicinity.

Another popular activity is to hold a charity event by filling a jar with jelly beans and offering people the opportunity to win a raffle prize. All they have to do is guess the number of jelly beans, and when the day is over you find out how many people got it spot on, or how many guessed the closest. Those who win get to split the prize, while the money goes to your favorite charity!

There are plenty of other ways that you can go about celebrating National Jelly Bean Day. If you really feel like being adventurous, why not try making your own jelly beans? There are plenty of different recipes online for you to follow. Generally, you’re going to need some cornstarch, salt, juice, gelatin, sugar, and water. You are also going to need to invest in some jelly bean molds so you can get the right shape as well. Make sure you share your creations on social media! After all, creating your very own jelly beans is pretty impressive!

If you don’t want to make your own jelly beans, there are plenty of other recipes that call for the use of jelly beans, so you can still get in the kitchen and bake up a storm on this day! Some of our favorites include jelly bean cookies and jelly bean cakes. If you do a quick search online, you will see a lot of exciting and innovative recipes that are bound to get your excited. How about some jelly bean bark? Or, you could make a pinata cake and fill the inside with as many jelly beans as possible? You could even make up your own recipe. We’d love to see what you come up with!

While jelly beans are very tasty, they also have other uses as well. A lot of people enjoy jelly bean art. If you take a look online, you will see exactly what we’re talking about. There have been a lot of incredible pieces of artwork that have been created by using jelly beans. Why not see if you can create your own masterpiece? All you are going to need is some craft card, glue, and plenty of different colored jelly beans. You are going to need a lot of jelly beans, so make sure you stock up on them. You can then find a picture that you want to recreate. If you look at jelly bean galleries online, you will see that everyone from Shrek to Marilyn Monroe has been recreated in jelly beans.

Once you have spent the day baking goods and doing jelly bean crafts, it is only right that you treat yourself to a delicious cocktail, right? How about a delicious Ouzo Jelly Bean cocktail? If Ouzo is not the drink for you, you will find plenty of other jelly bean cocktail ideas online!

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