Friday, April 22, 2011

Eat with your Eyes: National Jelly Bean Day

Mooncake Jelly Belly

It’s National Jelly Bean Day and it’s fun that this year it falls on Good Friday, just before the high holy day of Jelly Beans, Easter.

These jelly beans are from Jelly Belly. I got them at the ISM Cologne candy fair and they’re a little different from something you’d get in North America, they’re Mooncake Jelly Belly.

Mooncakes are little Chinese pastries, a filled cake that sometimes has lotus seed paste but I’ve seen them more often here in the Los Angeles Chinatown with red bean paste. These jelly beans have an odd flavor to them that took a while to describe. They’re sweet and have a toasted marshmallow component but also have a floral musk melon and watermelon note. Then the red bean flavors come out with the center of the bean, an earthier flavor. As far as jelly beans go, this combination is a winner for me.

Jelly Belly not only makes gourmet jelly beans for the American market, they’re quite easy to find in large metropolitan areas. I saw many candy stores in Amsterdam and Cologne had them. Jelly Belly has one factory outside of the United States, in Thailand, where I think these were made. I was told that they’re not available in the United States. I guess it’s just one more reason to travel the world.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:44 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyJelly BellyHighlightPhotography

  1. That’s a very interesting flavor!  I would love to try that someday.

    Comment by firefly on 4/24/11 at 5:46 pm #
  2. thanks for doing your review for Mooncake Jelly

    Belly beans. I liked your review of it and the

    picture. I am hoping there will be more Jelly Belly

    stuff coming soon.

    Comment by Ben Exworth on 4/28/11 at 9:24 am #
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