The humble jelly bean's moment to shine is Easter. It's a staple in pastel-colored baskets across the nation! We're huge fans of Jelly Belly not only for their wide variety of flavors, but also for their delicious and authentic taste. In the words of Veruca Salt, "The strawberry tastes like real strawberries!" The brand has 50 iconic flavors from caramel corn to strawberry cheesecake, and each bean has a distinct color and look. How well can you identify them? Take the quiz to find out!
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It wouldn't be Easter this weekend without jelly beans, and jelly beans wouldn't be the prized candy they are today without Jelly Belly, the world's most famous candy bean. The candy producer is known for its natural flavorings and its countless varieties of extreme flavors, including buttered popcorn and chili mango. Since each flavor has a distinctive appearance, it can be really fun to try to decipher flavors based on a Jelly Belly's outward appearance. Want to give it a try? Take a stab at it with this quiz.
America's favorite jelly bean company, Jelly Belly, announced its newest flavor this morning. Fans voted the acai berry, a trendy energy fruit, as the latest addition to the 50 official, ever-changing flavors. The public was invited to submit ideas for new flavors in the Dream Bean Contest and five finalists — honey, sublime chili lime, Thai iced tea, mojito, and acai — were chosen. According to Rob Swaigen, marking director for the company, the decision was an easy one:
We received thousands of submissions for acai berry flavor — it's
clearly on many people's radar. The voting for the finalist flavors was
overwhelming in favor of acai. Honey came in a strong second place.
I'm curious to try the new jelly bean and wonder how close it will taste to the actual berry. Have you tried acai? Are you interested in tasting the new jelly bean?
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You've seen the Easter Candy breakdown. You cast your vote for your favorite Easter Candy over on YumSugar...and now you're thinking maybe I should make a healthy Easter Basket. Well you know I am going to second that option. I am going to go so far as to give you some suggestions.
- Carrots - The Easter Bunny likes to share
- Fresh fruit
- Homemade cookies that are filled with healthy ingredients like oats, raisins, dried cranberries, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips
- Bars of Dark chocolate
- Dark chocolate covered peanuts, pretzels, or raisins
- Mini banana bread muffins
- An exercise DVD
- A scented candle
- Hand soap shaped like bird's eggs (my girls love these)
- A jar of all fruit jam
- Granola bars
- A potted plant
- Small picture frames
- Herbal teas and a mug
- A CD of relaxing music
- Silly Putty - it comes in its own egg
- For kids: a coloring book, colored pencils, puzzles, small toys, stuffed bunnies, stickers, play-doh, magnets, disposable cameras, packets of seeds and gardening tools, plastic eggs filled with coins, beads, and books about Easter.
Fit's Tips: I don't believe in denying yourself anything, especially during special family and holiday times. Make sure you do enjoy yourself (and the treats), and try the things you love, just don't go overboard and eat the ENTIRE 12 inch chocolate bunny in one sitting.