Friday, July 16, 2010

Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics

One of the most popular new items at the Sweets & Snacks Expo was Jelly Belly’s Cocktail Classics mix.

Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics

The five flavor mix reminds us that It’s five o’clock somewhere (and has trademarked the phrase, to boot). They’re based on popular fruity cocktails: Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, Mojito, Peach Bellini and Pomegranate Cosmo. They’re non-alcoholic and available in a variety of packages like 9 ounce bags, 1 pound tubs (best value) and this gift box that actually guarantees that you get the same amount of each flavor.

Jelly Belly Cocktail Classics

Pina Colada - a Pina Colada is a fruity tropical blend of strained pineapple and coconut cream along with rum.
The jelly bean version is a little bit of a milky yellow color. The flavor at first is a tart but not too tangy pineapple, nicely floral and authentic. Then as the center takes over a creamy coconut flavor comes to the front. A little more coconut than I would have liked, especially because it became so sweet.

Strawberry Daiquiri - a plain daiquiri is rum, lime juice and sugar (served over ice or chilled). Later it became a slush drink or frozen daiquiri. A strawberry version varies and can be the frozen variety with just a few strawberries thrown into the blender but sometimes strawberry liqueur is added.
The jelly bean version looked like a smoothie, a soft medium pink with speckles. The flavor is mellow, more like jam than fresh strawberries. There’s a hint of tartness from time to time, but no real note of the lime or rum flavors.

Mojito - this drink has become very popular lately, it’s a mix of white rum, sugar (preferably cane juice), lime, seltzer water and muddled mint.
The jelly bean version is light green, slightly transparent and speckled with darker green. It’s kind of chaotic, which matches the drink itself. The spearmint and lime notes come at once, so it’s minty and tangy and zesty all at once. The second wave of flavor from the jelly center has a little bit of a rum note to it. This one succeeded best in capturing the combination of notes that an actual drink has. But Mojitos aren’t really a favorite of mine.

Peach Bellini - is a mix of peach puree and sparkling wine.
The jelly bean version is orange. I’ve never actually had a real bellini, so I can’t comment on this candy simulation in that respect. The peach notes are quite strong, but pretty authentic (having eaten half a peach this morning). The tangy, sweet and fuzz blend well. There’s a white wine note in there, kind of like a white grape juice with a weirdly realistic alcohol bite to it.

Jelly Belly Cocktail ClassicsPomegranate Cosmo - Cosmo is short for the original name of the Cosmopolitan cocktail. It’s a mix of vodka, Triple Sec (orange), cranberry juice and lime juice. I’m guessing the pomegranate version just subs out the cranberry juice for pomegranate juice.
The jelly bean version is a pale garnet red. The flavors aren’t quite distinct. I felt like it was simply a nice raspberry jelly bean, I wasn’t getting the orange & lime notes, just what they were pushing as pomegranate flavor.

As with most Jelly Belly flavor mixes, I love the quality of the jelly beans themselves. In this instance there were really only two I cared to eat, the Pomegranate Cosmo and Pina Colada, but given dozen of other great flavors that Jelly Belly makes, I’d still stick with the citrus mix. For me, it wouldn’t make sense to buy this mix. As a theme it’s fun and certainly pretty. The value for the box shown here is pretty bad - it’s 4.5 ounces and costs $5.99 on the Jelly Belly website - that’s over $21 a pound. So if you’ve got to have these, get them in the tub or bulk.

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Name: Cocktail Classics Jelly Belly
Brand: Jelly Belly
Place Purchased: samples from Jelly Belly
Price: $5.99 retail
Size: 4.25 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Candy, Jelly Belly, Jelly Candy, Kosher, 7-Worth It, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:21 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewJelly BellyJelly CandyKosher7-Worth ItUnited States

  1. For a second I was hoping for gin jelly beans. Alas, this man’s dream may never be fulfilled.

    Comment by Max on 7/16/10 at 12:31 pm #
  2. Yum!  Can’t wait to find these and try them!  They’d look really cute on top of a same flavored cupcake!

    Comment by Lauren on 7/16/10 at 12:48 pm #
  3. urk, i never buy jelly belly brandbecuase of said 21$+/lb.

    i know its “gourmet” but…its quite a bit of a silly price.

    Comment by james on 7/16/10 at 1:24 pm #
  4. I don’t like the consistency of Jelly Belly (they get stuck in the crevices of my teeth), but I love the Trader Joe’s version (they’re softer).

    Comment by Felicity Lingle on 7/16/10 at 4:53 pm #
  5. I think I like your photo’s more then the beans themselves!

    As soon as I saw “It’s Five O’Clock Soemwhere” I instantly got that Jimmy Buffett/Alan Jackson song stuck in my head!

    Comment by gigi4808 on 7/16/10 at 10:11 pm #
  6. So, wait…They taste fruity.  Do they have any alcohol-esque flavoring?

    Comment by Tindy on 7/17/10 at 3:53 pm #
  7. Those looks exactly like those ones you can see in shopping centers in big glassy balls where you put coin and turn valve than just about 10 will come out. But i’m sure you won’t make a drink of those.

    Comment by Automatic Espresso Maker on 7/20/10 at 11:19 am #
  8. Jelly Belly’s are the only jelly bean I actually like.  I don’t buy them often, however, because of the steep price.

    Comment by Lauren on 7/21/10 at 12:27 pm #
  9. The small gift box has been discounted in Safeway stores in Northern California, and are now 50% off. The two boxes I purchased today are still fresh-tasting.

    Comment by Amanda on 5/31/11 at 3:41 pm #
  10. I still find the Jelly Belly crayons are selling better than the snapple bottles(may be because of the price) Either way I think Jelly Belly makes a great product and set aside one whole section of my store just for them

    Comment by yehuda on 4/25/12 at 8:22 am #
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