Categories
Grocery Packaged Food Sweets What's New

Jelly Belly’s Carolina Reaper Jelly Beans Might Be As Spicy As The Actual Chili

Jelly Belly just launched a new “Beanboozled” challenge, but instead of making you pick between gross and delicious flavors, you’re instead subjected to a gauntlet of spice that some chili fanatics would even struggle to finish.

The jelly bean specialists have created the “Fiery Five” challenge, a pack of jelly beans that comes with Sriracha, Jalapeno, Cayenne, Habanero, and Carolina Reaper flavors. You can try to progress upwards in terms of spice if you like, but there’s also a game and an app that come with the launch where you can play spicy jelly bean roulette with your friends.

I had the chance to try this during its debut at the recent Winter Fancy Foods Show. Rather than go for all five to try the flavors, I decided to go straight for the Carolina Reaper chili to see how spicy it was.

As you can see from the above tweet, that was probably the worst decision possibly, since the Reaper jelly bean packs some real heat to it.

Jelly Belly was unable to provide the Scoville Heat ratings at the time, but coming off of sampling one of the world’s hottest tasting menus, I’d say that the Reaper jelly bean is easily over 1 million Scoville. It tasted at least as hot as a true ghost chili, with the potential for even more heat than that.

Jelly Belly’s Fiery Five challenge is coming to stores in February, but you can order it online right now if you want to try it immediately. Be warned, though: the Reaper comes back at you HARD.

Categories
News What's New

Skittles Has A New Flavor That Tastes Gross On Purpose

Halloween seems to come earlier every year with product roll outs, and this year Skittles is one of its earliest contributors. They recently launched their new Zombie Skittles, a new pack that comes with five normal fruit flavors: Petrifying Citrus Punch, Mummified Melon, Chilling Black Cherry, Boogeyman Blackberry, and Blood Red Berry — and one Rotten Zombie flavor that’s described by the brand as “repulsive.”

The kicker? The Rotten Zombie-flavored candies are indistinguishable from the regular ones. So think of it as a landmine of horrid hidden amongst the delicious flavors. 

“Dare to try?” the package asks, in what I imagine to be the voice from a 90’s Goosebumps advert.

I dared.

According to a Food and Wine report, a Skittles representative claimed the flavor changes according to one’s palate. It’s hard to nail down, but for me, the zombie flavor tastes like rotten egg drenched in garlic juice.

It’s truly awful, just as repulsive as the brand claims.

The anxiety I got reaching into the bag was reminiscent of the feeling I got when eating those Jelly Belly BeanBoozled candies where each normal flavor had a gross counterpart. A sense of dread that was either disappointingly confirmed or thankfully extinguished. Peach or Barf? Juicy Pear or Booger? Blood Red Berry or Rotten Zombie? 

Why does something that’s supposed to be fun and sweet bring out our inner masochist? Maybe it makes the good flavors that much better. Maybe companies just want people to react. After all, this pack of Skittles comes with its own hashtag, #DareTheRainbow, for everyone to use on their inevitable reaction videos. 

Either way, I’d like to wash the taste of a zombie away from my corrupted palate.

Categories
Science Sweets

An In-Depth Look At How Jelly Belly’s Jellybeans Are Made

Photo: Jiri Hera // Shutterstock

Bet you never realized how much TLC went into that tiny piece of candy.

Jelly beans are one of the most popular Easter candies, and they’re a tasty treat year-round. Jelly Belly certainly keeps up with the demand, making a whopping 347 beans every second. Despite that high production, it’s not a quick process from start to finish. In fact, it takes a week or two to make a single bean.

Jelly Belly beans start with cornstarch, sugar, corn syrup, water and flavoring all cooked together, according to a factory tour from Refinery29. That mixture is then poured into bean-shaped, cornstarch-coated molds, where they sit overnight to harden, creating their distinctive chewy texture. The next day, they’ll be steamed to make them sticky before getting misted with sugar. Then they rest again, so they can dry.

“Part of what takes so long is that the candy rests a lot in between the steps,” says Lisa Rowland Brasher, president and CEO of Jelly Belly. “Sometimes it’s for a day; other times it’s for several days; it depends on the flavor.” Sour flavors tend to take the longest because they need more time to rest in between steps, she says.

Next, it’s time to give the jelly beans their shiny, hard coating during a process called panning, which takes the longest in terms of hands-on time, says Rowland Brasher. While pans keep the beans constantly moving, candy makers slowly add sugar and flavoring for about two hours to build up that tasty coating. “You can’t just set a timer for this part,” says Rowland Brasher. “Jelly Belly candy makers are using their eyes, ears and sense of touch to determine when to add the next ingredient, or else the jelly beans will lose their shape or clump together.”

Finally, the beans are given an extra layer of glaze to make them smooth and shiny, then they’re stamped with the Jelly Belly logo. Once they’re ready to go, all the flavors go on a belt and put into packages, ready for eating—a week or two after the process started. “A lot of people are surprised to learn that these steps aren’t all done in a day,” says Rowland Brasher. Want to learn more? Book a tour at Jelly Belly or one of these 16 other candy factories you can actually visit.

Related Links:


Article by Marissa Laliberte, of Reader’s Digest, for Taste of Home. View the original article here.

Categories
News Now Trending Products Sweets

Woman Suing Jelly Belly For ‘Deceptively Adding Sugar’ Could Actually Win, Here’s Why

Photo: Brandon Dilbeck (Wikimedia Commons)

Some formerly used language on one of Jelly Belly’s products may have them in some trouble.

A woman by the name of Jessica Gomez is currently suing the candy-making giant for allegedly tricking her into buying a product she believed to be free of sugar, according to FOX News. The plaintiff purchased Jelly Belly’s Sports Beans that she thought to be free of sugar since that word did not show up in the ingredients. However, she is now arguing that she was confused by “fancy phrasing” since the ingredients listing called the sugar added into the product “evaporated cane juice” instead of just sugar.

Gomez contends in her class-action lawsuit that by using this descriptive word choice for what is essentially sugar, Jelly Belly’s Sports Beans become more appealing to the athletes that consume them for their energy, electrolytes, and vitamins.

Gomez is seeking a trial by jury against Jelly Belly for false advertising, along with reparations for legal fees, damages, and restitution for the “extra amount of money” she and others spent on the jelly beans because of their perceived healthiness, according to Forbes. Jelly Belly, of course, has called the entire lawsuit “ridiculous” since they label added sugars on the nutrition label.

While the whole lawsuit does sound a little absurd, Jelly Belly could find itself in hot water due to the wording of “evaporated cane juice.” Legally, the FDA has recommended companies to avoid using that phrase in their label, and Jelly Belly in fact changed their label to say “cane sugar” on the Sports Beans recently, according to Grubstreet. Thus, the argument could be made that Jelly Belly knew their language was deceptive and changed it to prevent lawsuits like this one from happening. Gomez must have bought some of the beans that were in circulation without the new label change, which could have led to this lawsuit.

If that is the case, there is a chance that Gomez could actually win her lawsuit. For now, we’ll just have to see where it progresses.

Categories
Hit-Or-Miss Humor Products Video

We Tried The Most Disgusting Jelly Beans In The World [Unboxed]

You know it’s going to be a great day at your food writing gig when the video crew asks you to eat some jelly beans on camera. However, I quickly discovered that all jelly beans are not created equal.

In this episode of Unboxed, Rudy and I paid homage to former President Ronald Reagan, who apparently had quite an affinity for Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. In fact, more than 3 tons of Jelly Belly’s were sent to the White House for Reagan’s inauguration party in 1981.

The object of Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled game is to basically humiliate yourself, while trying really hard not to vomit all over everything.

I don’t care what political affiliation you represent, no one should have to endure treatment like this, nor should anyone want to eat jelly beans that mimic flavors of dead fish, moldy cheese or toothpaste.

Rudy did a really good job explaining the rules:

“Okay, so let’s say there’s two white ones, one tastes like something horrible, and one tastes awesome.”

Going into this challenge, I had no idea what I was about to get into. There is nothing that can prepare you for the scent and flavor of dead fish slowly oozing out of a chewy candy shell. Nothing.

There’s also a little flimsy spinner, which you use to determine your foul-tasting fate. Our first spin landed on toothpaste, which wasn’t that bad, but immediately afterward made me think if I should actually be eating toothpaste.

As this challenge progressed, the more and more nauseous I became. Look at the difference between before and during this challenge.

EvanSick

It didn’t take much to push me over the edge. Anyone that knows me personally, is pretty aware that I don’t really like fish, and the second jelly bean we ate was dead fish.

Although I didn’t ingest the awful tasting candies, the aftertaste was enough to keep me sick to my stomach the rest of the afternoon.

However, after completing this challenge, I plan on buying some of these jelly beans, not telling anyone about their foul nature and leaving them in a highly trafficked common area, where I can watch people helplessly shove a few in their mouth.

You’ve been warned.

Categories
Hit-Or-Miss

Jelly Bean Scented Pillows Give You The Sweetest Dreams

jelly_bean_pillow_1

Ever dream of drifting off to sleep with the smell of jelly beans filling your nostrils? Check out these Jelly Bellys jelly bean scented pillows! You can buy Tangerine, Cherry or Watermelon flavors on Amazon (HERE). They’re also being sold over at Costco, so for those who have a membership, head on over and scoop some up! For those of us who don’t have a membership, we just gotta keep shopping at our regular-ass non-bulk grocery stores which don’t sell jelly bean scented pillows because life isn’t fair you guys.

jelly_bean_pillow_2

Written by Brittany High, Incredible Things

Categories
Sweets

Jelly Belly to Introduce Draft Beer and Chocolate Covered Tabasco Flavored Beans

jelly-belly-draft-beer-packaging

In case you’re missing our live Instagram and Twitter feeds of the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, Elie Ayrouth and I will be doing our best to post as often we can throughout.

Candy-bean behemoth Jelly Belly (JB) is introducing two ridiculous new flavors: Draft Beer and Chocolate Covered Tabasco.

Yes, the Draft Beer beans do actually taste like beer, but we’re a bit befuddled about our excitement level. To the chemical flavor guy at JB, congratulations you deserve a promotion, or at least a bonus.

If I can talk to you man to (wo)man for a second – this bean probably doesn’t land in your top 10 favorite flavors, hell it may not even crack the top 100. How can it when they have Coldstone flavors? And unfortunately for our alcoholic readers of the site, the beans do not contain a smidgen of alcohol. But if you’re an addict of multiple vices and your vapor cig isn’t cutting it – the flavor of these beans might help you get through the trenches:

jelly-belly-draft-beer-flavor

jelly-belly-draft-in-hands

We’re probably most excited for the new chocolate covered addition of last year’s Tabasco jelly bean. But for some apparent reason, JB decided to feature the new packaging around the entire booth and NOT HAVE SAMPLES AVAILABLE.

This is a complete travesty since we’re at show that parallels a Saturday morning at Costco, if that Costco took Alex Rodriguez levels of HGH and found a way to rain down samples from the heavens. Shame on you JB. You temptress. So we ate some the Tabasco flavored beans with some Mexican chocolate from another booth because that’s our version of R&D. This bean really has some potential. Oh, yeah and shout out to the SVP of some eco-friendly snack company that photobombed our picture. Glorious:

jelly-belly-tabasco-chocolate-covered

Categories
Deals

8 St. Patrick’s Day Specials That Will Have You Peeing Green Food Coloring

paddyheader

Everyone knows that the best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish fashion is to get a bunch of seasonal food without paying full price for it . . . right? With that in mind, enjoy eating your way through this list of limited edition and/or discounted St. Patrick’s Day specials. It’s what St. Paddy would’ve wanted.

_______________

15% off all green candy from Jelly Belly

734079_10151499845809771_241106312_n
PicThnx Jelly Belly

_______________

McDonald’s Limited-Time Only Shamrock Shake

mcdonalds-Shamrock-McCafe-Shake-12-fl-oz-cup
PicThnx McDonald’s

_______________

Arby’s Buy One Get One Free Reuben Sandwich

Screen shot 2013-03-15 at 11.11.06 AM
PicThnx Arby’s

_______________

Coco’s Limited-Time Only Creamed Cabbage and Corned Beef Menu

coco's
PicThnx Coco’s

_______________

Fifty Cents Off Lucky Charms Limited Edition Clover Cereal

GENERAL MILLS LUCKY CHARMS
PicThnx The Shelby Report

_______________

Sprinkles Limited-Edition Green Shamrock Cupcakes

Shamrock2
PicThnx Sprinkles

_______________

Quizno’s St. Patrick’s Day Coupon

clu2159B

_______________

And just because it’s awesome: Denny’s doesn’t care about St. Patrick’s Day but is giving away FREE BACON

bacon
PicThnx Denny’s

_______________

There you have it, folks. Everything you need to enjoy your cheap, limited-edition St. Patrick’s Day foods until you’re peeing green food coloring (and covered in bacon). Sounds like a perfect holiday.