Monday, July 18, 2011

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans by Jelly Belly

Bertie Bott's Everyflavor Beans made by Jelly BellyAs the billboards around town keep reminding me, the Harry Potter film series ends with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. This may or may not mean the end to the curious creations from the books and films, the candies made by Bertie Bott, a magical confectioner. His triumph and perhaps unique item is Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. The tale goes that Bertie Bott was making traditionally sweet flavored beans when he accidentally made one flavored like a gym sock and then struck upon the idea of making a flavor of everything, even things not intended to be eaten.

The reality of how Jelly Belly went about it is rather similar. Years ago Jelly Belly was trying to come up with a Pepperoni Pizza jelly bean. Something about the intensity of the flavors was more than a little off and what they created smelled so bad that they had to clear the candy kitchen and air it out, because it reeked of vomit. So when the opportunity to make the Bertie Bott’s came up, they resurrected the failed recipe and made it ever so slightly more vomitous. (In the current variety package, though, Vomit is no longer part of the mix. Perhaps a little too much reality.)

The Harry Potter books list dozens of flavors and the actual candy made by Jelly Belly does incorporate many (mostly the ones that would be recognized by Americans, not things like tripe or marmalade). This little box may contain the following flavors: Banana, Black Pepper, Blueberry, Booger, Candyfloss, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dirt, Earthworm, Earwax, Grass, Green Apple, Marshmallow, Rotten Egg, Sausage, Lemon, Soap, Tutti-Fruitti and Watermelon.

Bertie Bott's Everyflavor Beans made by Jelly Belly

I’m not going to eat them. I’ve had quite a few of the flavors, even some of the non-traditional ones like Soap (floral), Black Pepper (spicy and well rounded), Grass (grassy) and Dirt (like beets). But draw the line there. I have no interest in rotten eggs, boogers, earwax or vomit. I appreciate the the sheer breadth of flavors in the package means that you actually have to pay attention to what you’re eating. I like that idea. When I eat the citrus mix, I don’t really care that much of I’m eating lemon or orange, because they’re both good. With the Bertie Bott’s, there are no guarantees.

Like all Jelly Belly products, they’re expensive. The Jelly Belly website lists this little 1.2 ounce box for $2.25 (though I’ve seen them for $1.50 at stores). But then again, they’re not really for eating by the handful, unless you have no sense of smell and therefore do not gag on the cacophony of unnatural flavors. (And if you can’t appreciate the wacky tastes, spare yourself the expense and just buy the regulars in bulk, the texture is the same.)

I thought Jelly Belly’s rehash of the Every Flavour Beans as a sort of Russian Roulette was pretty good. It’s called Beanboozled and you get a container of jelly beans that could be either of two flavors, a benign one like coconut or it could be the less desirable baby wipes.

I don’t actually find these tasty (as I’ve given them an 8 out of 10 rating indicates) but I do find them to be the most inventive and successful emulations of a fictional product I’ve ever encountered.

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POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:04 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewJelly BellyJelly CandyKosher8-TastyUnited States

  1. My opinion of this product is that the Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Company should never have attached their name to this product.  Fine—go ahead and make it for another candy company but don ‘t put in jeopardy a trademark that is worth one billion dollars.

    Comment by David Klein on 7/19/11 at 12:24 am #
  2. When these came out the first time, I managed to trick two friends into eating vomit ones.  Both nearly did…

    Comment by Dave on 7/19/11 at 4:19 am #
  3. Damn, I was looking forward to your thoughts on vomit and the like.

    Comment by Rodzilla on 7/19/11 at 7:45 am #
  4. Centipede is the worst. I will never bean boozle again. Ewwww. I still gag when I think about it. The baby wipes one isn’t that bad, though. And the toothpaste one is kind of refreshing, but the centipede…so gross.

    Comment by Shannon on 7/19/11 at 12:27 pm #
  5. I had some of these probably close to ten years ago. I thought I was getting an earwax one or something, but instead got a vomit flavored one. I was very close to vomiting after that and the smell lingered on my breath for a long time. So gross!

    Comment by j/k on 7/20/11 at 5:33 pm #
  6. I have had the Beanboozled beans and the baby wipes, pencil shavings flavors were pretty gross but a whole lot of fun for kids to eat and get a few laughs.

    Comment by Melonie.H on 7/22/11 at 6:15 am #
  7. This is no worse than Jones Soda making turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce, etc holiday sodas smile

    Comment by John M. Hoyt on 6/18/12 at 4:27 am #
  8. För jag vill testa det

    Comment by Tilda on 2/25/16 at 7:28 am #
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