April 22, 2012

National Jelly Bean Day

“You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jelly beans.” - Ronald Regan

It's National Jelly Bean Day!

Sponsored by: Surf Sweets

Before today I was convinced that jelly beans were really only eaten on two occasions:
1. On Easter (at which point the extent of their life is pretty much over)
2. When guessing how many are inside some clear container of some kind - usually not a shot glass, mind you - to win a prize (usually a giant stuffed Easter bunny)

I guess today makes three.

I'll be honest: I'm not really a jelly bean fan. I think I am, and then after I've shoved a fistful into my mouth, I realize that I'm not (seriously, this just happened at Easter: I attempted to eat all the jelly beans off our cake and promptly spat them back out again. Then again, most of them were licorice flavored and if there's flavor I hate, it's flippin' licorice). I think it's because I was traumatized as a kid by jelly beans: there were just too many flavors, and most of them should NOT have been manipulated into jelly bean form. Buttered popcorn? Margarita? Birthday Cake Ice Cream? Seriously, now? That's not right.

I was excited to try Surf Sweet's organic jelly beans . . . it gave me hope that the little candies could be more all-natural than I previously knew them to be. They're made with organic sweeteners and fruit juice, have 100% of Vitamin C in every serving, contain no corn syrup, GMO's, gluten, or casein. Oh, and I can pronounce everything in the ingredients list (I don't know why, but I'm tremendously amused that there's "black carrot juice concentrate" in them). The flavors are simple: cherry, grapefruit, grape, lemon, strawberry, and orange (things you'd actually expect from candy).

And the taste? Uncomplicatedly beautiful.

The strawberry tastes like strawberry! The snozberry tastes like snozberry! And the grapefruit? Well, I'm a sucker for anything grapefruit - if it really tastes like it that is, and not like some artificial rip-off - and these jelly beans tasted so similar it was mind-boggling.

According to the website, the Surf Sweets brand was "inspired by fun, healthy lifestyles and food choices. Sunny days on the beach, riding a few waves, and enjoying the best candy on the planet – what could be better?" They intentionally are making candy that not only tastes great, but that is actually good for you and for the environment.

They are the music makers. And the dreamer's of dreams, I tell ya.

(Also, I know the answer to how many are in that shot glass . . . any guesses?)

Happy National Jelly Bean Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission by company.