Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jelly Belly for Valentine’s Day

Jelly Belly Conversation BeansJelly Belly has had their own take on the ubiquitous Valentine’s Conversation Hearts for several years (introduced, I believe, in 2003). They’re called Conversation Beans.

They include the Sour assortment: Sour Apple, Sour Blueberry, Sour Cherry, Sour Grape, Sour Lemon, Sour Orange, Sour Peach, Sour Raspberry, Sour Strawberry & Sour Watermelon.

The sour family of flavors come in rather vivid, opaque hues, without any speckling. So they’re easy to tell apart as long as you can remember that raspberries are darker than cherries and apple is lighter than watermelon.

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What’s special about these is that they’re sporting teensy printing on them.

I’d hazard the visibility of this printing is similar to that noise that only children & teenagers can hear. It’s quite small and rather faint on the lighter color beans (and nonexistent on others).

The words range from mildly flirty to downright benign. Think of it like a very limited version of magnetic poetry. Here are some three bean masterpieces:

Hi, like joy?
You love cool.
U & Me not kiss.
Y Not try lips.

Overall, they’re fun. If you like Sour Jelly Belly or more importantly, if you can’t stand Necco Conversation Hearts but want to spend three times as much to make a sweet connection, this is the candy for you.

I liked most of the flavors. I picked out the Sour Peach ones, which tasted like they had Dr. Pepper added to them, and the Sour Cherry and was pleased with the rest of them. (Eventually I forgot I was supposed to be reading the words ... which I do with Conversation Hearts, too.) The highlight flavors for me were orange, lemon and grape (which was completely fun and artificial) while the blueberry and raspberry were much better than expected. As far as sour goes, well, they’re zappy compared to most regular Jelly Belly.

Jelly Belly Love Potion

If puckering isn’t quite your speed for Valentine’s Day, a new item that Jelly Belly sent me to sample a few weeks ago is their Jelly Belly Love Potion. It’s a little re-closeable plastic bottle that holds an assortment of five flavors of Jelly Belly. (They use this same package for their Soda Pop Shoppe assortment.)

There’s no special printing on the beans besides the Jelly Belly logo.

The pink, red and white mix is rather attractive and might make a nice little offering in a gift basket. (Though if you really love someone with a sweet tooth, back up this little package with a big bag! Then they can refill it.)

The flavors are Strawberry Cheesecake, Bubble Gum, Coconut, Cotton Candy and Very Cherry. All the flavors went together pretty well (though I could have used a pink grapefruit instead of cherry) and the color combination is pleasing if a little feminine.

I don’t know the retail price on these, but the Soda Pop Shoppe bottles sell for about $1.50 to $2.00 retail.

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Related Candies

  1. Jelly Belly Ice Cream Parlor Mix
  2. Gobstopper Heart Breakers
  3. Jelly Belly - All Natural
  4. Sour Patch Kids
  5. Junior Mints - Heart Shaped
  6. Jelly Belly Soda Pop Shoppe
Name: Conversation Beans & Love Potion Jelly Beans
    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: Cost Plus World Market & samples from Jelly Belly
Price: $1.29 & unknown
Size: 1.6 ounces & 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 99
Categories: Jelly, United States, Jelly Belly, Kosher, Valentine's Day

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:20 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. I do love the sours, although I liked them better before they added all the extra flavors. Actually, if I could just buy the lemon and orange, I’d be set.

    Comment by Debby on 1/31/09 at 3:12 am #
  2. I’m impressed of Jelly Belly’s great variety of choics of flavors.  I like sour flavours and smoothie blend flavor the most.  I did try some weird flavor (I think) e.g. green pepper, wasabi, black pepper but it’s no harm to try.  I knew they got sugar free flavor but not sure whether if I can find it here or not.  I just can help to stop by and grab some everytime I pass the shop

    Comment by chumpman on 2/20/09 at 7:18 pm #
  3. where can i finf the hot cinnmaon bears and smuchin sour lips in bradenton, fl?

    Comment by Peg1 on 1/30/10 at 3:16 pm #

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