Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jelly Belly Dark Chocolate Jelly Beans

Dark Chocolate Jelly BellyJelly Belly prides itself on its extensive flavor list. (See Brandon’s exhaustive tasting notes and listings of all the flavors that have ever existed.)

Jelly Belly has had a chocolate pudding flavor in the mix for quite some time and I’ve avoided it for the most part. Chocolate is not a flavor, it’s an experience made up of far too many things like alkaloid compounds, monounsaturated fats and polyphenols that simply cannot be bottled and applied to other confections.

Jelly Belly went ahead and introduced a new bean anyway, Dark Chocolate. I picked up some samples at the Fancy Food Show, tasted a few and then put them away for a time when I wasn’t innundated with so many good things.

In short, chocolate jelly beans are to chocolate the same thing that Tootsie Rolls are. Something utterly different and unsatisifying if you were expecting anything approaching chocolate. However, if you’re looking for something that’s durable and attractive, but not necessarily tasty, these may be your new favorite.

Dark Chocolate Jelly Belly

They got the color right, they’re pretty. A little on the dark purple side (cuz of all those artificial colors like Red 40, Yellow 6 & Blue 2) and containing not more than 2% of actual chocolate.

But they’re postively bitter to me. I chomp down ... there’s a mild sweet taste, like cocoa made with hot water, but then there’s a strong bitter blast. I’m not sure if it’s all the antioxidants (hah!) or the artificial colors, but they’re just inedible.

I thought at first it was just a bad bag, or just me. So I opened a different sample bag that was sent to me later by Jelly Belly. Same thing! Turns out I’m not alone, both Caitlin & Brian at Candy Addict recorded the same reaction.

Related Candies

  1. Sixlets & Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Flavored Sixlets
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  3. Tootsie Roll Mini Chews
  4. Sport Beans
  5. Jelly Belly JBz
Name: Dark Chocolate Jelly Beans
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Jelly Belly
Place Purchased: samples from Fancy Food Show
Price: unknown
Size: .75 ounces
Calories per ounce: 98
Categories: Jelly, United States, Jelly Belly, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:02 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. That’s too bad; I really love Jelly Bellies.

    Bless you for posting the web-site with all the flavors!  I’ve been looking for something like that!

    Comment by Amanda on 3/19/08 at 4:14 pm #
  2. If you can have real chocolate, smooth and creamy, why substitute it with flavoured sugar?
    Never tasted these jeely beans, never wanted to, and now definitely not going to. Tnx for review!!

    Comment by O on 3/19/08 at 4:49 pm #
  3. I’m so glad you posted that link to the giant list of flavors! My mom was on a hunt for Irish Creme jelly bellies and no one in the stores knew what she was talking about. She thought she was crazy, but turns out it’s a retired flavor.

    Comment by Rachel on 3/20/08 at 5:51 am #
  4. i love their poppcorn jelly beans

    Comment by lexi on 7/30/08 at 2:27 pm #
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