Monday, March 19, 2007

Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix

DSC09436rI found a great new candy store over the weekend. At the suggestion of a reader (thannks Jenny!) I journeyed to City of Commerce to visit Garvey Nut & Candy. It’s a warehouse, mostly wholesale, but they also sell retail. The bulk (and I mean bulk) of their products are sold in full cases, but it’s cash & carry, so no shipping costs incurred.

They had a small selection of items that were sold from open boxes. Just about all of it was from their Easter inventory. At FANTASTIC prices. One of the finds was the Jelly Belly Deluxe Easter Mix ... at $2.35 for a 9 ounce bag, it’s unheard of. The Jelly Belly online sells the same bag for $4.99 (in a prettier store, I’ll admit). If you’re planning a big party or wedding and live in the LA area, this might be just the place for you. High end chocolates and mints to bulk wrapped candies to nuts and nut mixes. For the Easter goodies they had the large packages of Peeps of all kinds for 99 cents, jelly beans (all sorts of Jelly Belly seasonal products), deluxe chocolate eggs (fudge, peanut butter, vanilla), baskets, tins and foil eggs by the kilo (some by Madelaine, which are quite tasty).

You may have to ask them for prices on many items and you may need help finding things. (Their website isn’t very good, so don’t bother.) They have funky hours too: 8AM - 4:30PM on weekdays and Saturday 9-2 (until Easter, then they’re closed on Saturdays until August). I’ll probably head back down there for a look at their Halloween goodies in the fall.

Garvey Nut & Candy
6416 Flotilla Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90040
(323) 890-5890

Okay, enough of that, you came here for some candy, didn’t you?
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The Deluxe Easter Mix contains assorted pastel Jelly Bellys, bunny corn, mellocremes, gummi eggs and malted chocolate eggs. (It’s also supposed to contain chocolate eggs, but I picked through the bags to find one that had more malted eggs ... which I promptly ate. If you want a full account of them, check out Sera’s review at Candy Addict.)

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The bulk of the mix seemed to be populated by these friendly fellows: Mellocremes. (Click on the photo for the full shape assortment.)

They’re flavored lightly: grape, lemon, lime, strawberry and vanilla. The flavors are light (especially light for a company that built itself on extra flavor). I didn’t care for lime at all, but the lemon and strawberry were quite nice. I don’t know which color was supposed to be vanilla (maybe there are white ones, I didn’t have any in my mix).

imageThis is the Bunny Corn, and it’s pretty much the same recipe as the Mellocreme but a different shape. They tend to be a little firmer and as you might guess, they’re just like Candy Corn. They’re not flavored.

If the Mellocremes in white taste like this, I might be more fond of them. I rather like candy corn, in small doses.

There are only two colors on these, which seemed a little skimpy. Candy Corn usually has three colors (orange,  yellow and white). But I guess Bunnies travel light.

imageThe Jelly Belly website calls these Orange Creme Non-Pareil Eggs, which doesn’t really sound like much fun. So I’m going to call them Crunchy Gummi Eggs. They’re super-cute, with pastel colored crunchy spheres (non-pareils) on the outside and a tangy orange gummi on the inside. They’re larger than a jelly bean, about the size of a foil wrapped chocolate egg that you can often find in Easter baskets.

They’re much like the Crunchy Bears I reviewed a while back, except these only come in orange, which is fine by me. The gummi is super-soft and the crunchy coating gives it some fun ... it’s the crunchiest thing in the bag. Jelly Belly also makes a slightly related product with the Champagne Bubbles and Berries.

There were also some Jelly Belly scattered in, they came in Berry Blue, Cantaloupe, Cotton Candy, Island Punch, Lemon, Lemon Lime, Pi?a Colada, Pink Grapefruit, and looked oh-so-coordinated with everything else. (I picked out all the pink grapefruit while shooting the photos.)

Overall the mix was very pretty, and attractiveness is important with holiday candy. But I wasn’t really that keen on some of the elements (the Mellocremes, especially). It was a good introduction to the whole line of Easter treats, so now I know what to buy in a solo bag - the Orange Creme Non-Pareil Eggs. At normal mortal prices of $4.99 a bag, I’m not that wild about the whole shebang (so they get a 6 out of 10) as a sub-$2.50 find, they’re a 7 out of 10.

Name: Deluxe Easter Mix
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Jelly Belly
Place Purchased: Garvey Nuts & Candy
Price: $2.35
Size: 9 ounces
Calories per ounce: 107
Categories: Chocolate, Malt, Gummi, Jelly, United States, Jelly Belly, Easter

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:08 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. You’re making me feel like I paid an arm and a leg for these! Which I probably did…. wink

    I was curious about the Mellowcremes since I’ve never had the Jelly Belly versions. I am addicted to Brach’s Pumpkins in the fall. I just LOVE the “Spring Mix” of Jelly Belly flavors as you describe above. I found a bag on sale at Kohls for $3.50 and snatched it up.

    The candy store you found sounds so cool! I wish I had something like that near me.

    Thanks for the link too! smile

    Comment by Sera on 3/19/07 at 11:34 am #
  2. Too mellowcreme intensive for my tastes, but the crunchy orange gummis and malt balls sound good.

    Comment by Dave on 3/19/07 at 12:57 pm #
  3. Hey,
    I am into making cakes and this is definitely a great reference! Great posts!

    Comment by kc on 3/19/07 at 5:34 pm #
  4. Cybele's avatar

    Sera - isn’t Economy Candy near you?

    Dave - luckily they sell the orange gummis and maltballs on their own!

    kc - it would definitely be cute to decorate a spring themed cake with the little mellocremes!

    Comment by Cybele on 3/20/07 at 8:45 am #
  5. They looks so cute. They’re making me feel all spring timey.

    Comment by A on 3/20/07 at 12:11 pm #
  6. So should I call you THE JELLY Queen.

    Comment by kc on 3/20/07 at 2:46 pm #
  7. Cybele, Economy Candy is about a 55 minute train ride into NYC and a variable time distance of my choosing from Penn Station. So “close” in a sense. wink

    Comment by Sera on 3/21/07 at 9:02 am #
  8. I kind of wish I had some of those around just to play with.. the little animal ones I mean. They just LOOK like fun! I like the bunny corn too.. that might be fun to get my dad who’s addicted to candy corn!!

    Comment by Magda on 3/21/07 at 3:17 pm #
  9. My husband has visited Garvey Nuts and Candy and he says that the people who work there are wonderful!  Especially the owners!  He like to pick up boxes of granola cereal while he’s there and I encourage him to bring home jelly belly’s and chocolate…..

    Comment by Carol on 9/04/07 at 10:11 pm #
  10. good looking candy, but I’m cutting back

    Comment by poetryman69 on 3/21/08 at 1:03 am #
  11. I am absolutely obsessed with the flavoured mellocremes! I looove the lime ones the best!! smile I also love the cute little shapes (bunnies, chicks, eggs, etc. Best candy ever!!

    Comment by Amber Sturgess on 4/11/08 at 5:01 pm #

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