National Jelly Bean Day is observed on April 22 of every year. It is a day for all sweet lovers to enjoy a handful of candy. Jelly beans are bean-shaped candies found in a wide range of colors and flavors. Jelly beans are often sold in a mix of eight different fruit flavors. Gumdrops and spiced jelly beans are also widely seen, and these were the first candies to be sold in weight. Jelly beans are primarily bought and consumed during Easter and Halloween. Approximately, 16 billion jelly beans are manufactured every year in the United States. It is quite associated with Easter due to its egg-like resemblance.

You can tell alot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” – Ronald Reagan

History of National Jelly Bean Day

The origin of National Jelly Bean Day remains anonymous. However, Jelly Bean was first manufactured during the 1800s. Though candies similar to jelly beans existed before, it was a Boston Candy manufacturer William Schrafft who made jelly beans famous during the American civil war by promoting his customer to send those candies to the troops fighting in the Civil War. The promotion happened through advertisement in 1961. Jelly beans were first mentioned in Chicago Daily News on July 5, 1905. It was in the 1930s; jelly beans were found to be closely associated with Easter due to their shape. The first eight flavors of jelly beans introduced in 1976 were Very Cherry, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Lemon, Licorice, and Grape. Jelly beans were primarily liked by America’s 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Few legends believe that jelly beans to be originated from a Turkish delight or lokum, a chewy candy from Turkey,  though it is obscure who invented them.

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How to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day

National Jelly Bean Day can be celebrated by simply gulping a mouthful of your favorite candy. On this day if you haven’t had enough flavors of jelly beans, then grab the opportunity to go try out some of them. Present the sweets in a jar as gifts to friends or loved ones. You can make a variety of dishes using jelly beans, so try to make an attempt and share it with your friends and family. You can also organize craft activities for kids based on jelly beans. The games can include jelly bean-flavored word jumbles, how many jelly beans are in the jar? An art with jelly beans, etc. Jelly beans are not only consumed during Easter, and special holidays, they are just enjoyed throughout the year. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about National Jelly Bean Day by using the hashtag #JellyBeanDay.

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