Monday, February 23, 2009

Jelly Belly Sunkist Citrus Mix

imageYears ago I toured the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, CA. At the end I was given a taste of their not-yet-introduced Pomegranate Jelly Belly, which boasts an infusion of antioxidants in addition to pomegranate flavor.

At the time I told them that I was hoping that someday they’d introduce a tangy citrus mix of Jelly Bellys with vitamins. (And then when I was done with the tour, I went and made my own custom mix in their store that consisted of all the citrus flavors.)

Three and a half years later, it’s here! I have no idea if they took my suggestion or realized it was simply something that had to be done.

At the Fancy Food Show Jelly Belly displayed this package (shown here in a rather dim photo taken by Emanuel Treeson). Over the weekend I got my first taste via a sample from Jelly Belly.

Though I like Jelly Belly, I rarely buy the pre-made mixes because there are just too many flavors that I don’t like and at the price of the product, it’s far too expensive to toss a third of them.

Jelly Belly Citrus Mix

Jelly Belly’s Sunkist Citrus Mix is a blend of five jelly bean flavors all fortified with Vitamin C. Each 40 gram portion (1.41 ounces) provides 25% of the daily US RDA of Vitamin C. (Sorry, no other antioxidants - it would have been nice to sneak some beta carotene in there.)

The flavors are Sunkist Lime, Sunkist Pink Grapefruit, Sunkist Orange, Sunkist Lemon and Sunkist Tangerine.

Jelly Belly Citrus MixThe assortment of colors is fresh and inviting. (Though I had so much trouble telling orange and tangerine apart, I only stuck one in this photo.)

I have no idea if these are actually the same flavor as the non-Sunkist varieties. I tried a one-for-one taste test with the pink grapefruit and found that the Sunkist one was definitely zestier, maybe a little tangier. But that could have been a freshness issue.

Of the five flavors, I preferred the ones that had a tangy bite: lemon, tangerine and pink grapefruit. All had a lot more zesty notes than most jelly beans but the orange was just too plain old sweet. The great thing is that I loved the combination of flavors, I liked picking through them but none of them was a “shunned” flavor that was left over.

Since I’ve been battling a cold, this was one candy that I’ve been indulging in. Even without a decent sense of smell on Saturday, the tangy notes were still welcome. While I don’t necessarily think that they’re the reason that I’ve gotten over the cold, they really brightened my day.

Jelly Belly are now listing their products as gluten free, dairy free and this one in particular is gelatin free. They would be vegan except for the beeswax used in the glaze.

They should be in store by Easter, they haven’t appeared on the Jelly Belly website yet.

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Name: Sunkist Citrus Mix
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Jelly Belly
Place Purchased: samples from Jelly Belly
Price: unknown
Size: unknown
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Jelly, United States, Jelly Belly, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:35 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. bettyfelon's avatar

    the vitamic c in these things should be helping your cold

    Comment by bettyfelon on 2/23/09 at 8:33 am #
  2. The vitamin c content wouldn’t be high enough to do diddly squat. All the claims that companies make on their products never amount to anything, it’s usually gone by the time you put it in your mouth. What amount actually gets into your cells? Probably next to nil.

    Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 2/23/09 at 2:55 pm #
  3. Sweet Pursuit,

    If you are relying on these to get enough Vitamin C, there’s a lot more wrong with your diet than these jelly beans can fix.

    As for the false advertising, think of it as Darwinism - meant to weed out those who don’t read labels.

    Comment by anghriad on 2/23/09 at 4:36 pm #
  4. When I was at the grocery store today my daughter and I spied Jelly Belly’s Cold Stone Ice Cream Parlor Mix. I didn’t buy them but maybe next time I’m at the store I will.

    Comment by Melonie on 2/23/09 at 9:43 pm #
  5. I <3 the silver container, that’s really nice, will these containers be featured when they sell the Jelly Bellys?  I’ll have to keep an eye out.

    Comment by Amy on 2/25/09 at 3:20 am #
  6. I’m not a huge fan of citrus.  I do love the little container though, it’s pretty.  I love the flowers. smile When you say the pomegranate flavors weren’t released, do you mean they’re still not released, or that they were unreleased at the time you visited?  Because I want to try them, I love pomegranate.

    Somewhat off topic, but yesterday I found some Jelly Belly pudding in the store. I tried it and love it!  Some of the flavors were hit or miss, like watermelon, but many were spot on.  The juicy pear flavor was exactly like the Jelly Belly, and since that’s my favorite Jelly Belly flavor, I see myself buying a lot of that pudding.

    Comment by Rita on 2/25/09 at 11:49 am #
  7. At the Candy botique in my home town, I saw soda flavored Jelly bellys

    Comment by Riel on 3/04/09 at 2:10 pm #
  8. The soda flavored jelly beans are my fav..okay and they sunkist ones are right up there too:)

    Comment by Candy on 3/06/09 at 9:44 am #
  9. Cotton candy is o.k, but i love root beer

    Comment by Princess Adeleine on 7/19/09 at 3:28 am #
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