Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Jelly Belly Snapple Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly SnappleJelly Belly is expanding their line of all natural jelly beans with a new line called Jelly Belly Snapple Mix.

The candies come in a variety of packages from bulk mixes, peg bags to individual flavors. For the samples I got from Jelly Belly, they came in these cute little plastic bottles in the same shape as the Snapple glass bottles. They’re each filled with 1.65 ounces of one of the individual flavors.But you’re more likely to see packages with a mix of all five. Though I like just buying the flavors I like, in this instance the packages are unsustainable and wasteful.

Introducing Jelly Belly Snapple™ Mix – five Jelly Belly beans inspired by the top Snapple flavors! Made from 100% natural flavors and colors from natural sources, Snapple Mix consists of Fruit Punch, Mango Madness, Cranberry Raspberry, Pink Lemonade and Kiwi Strawberry. Just like the juices you love, they’re Made from the Best Stuff on Earth™!

As an American who remembers when Snapple was introduced nationally and their commercials with Wendy, the Snapple Lady I can say that I’ve always felt positive towards the brand. However, in all that time, I’ve probably had five or six of them. Even in my younger years when I did drink juice (rarely soda, even then), Snapple was always a little too bland for me. (I also don’t know how a company can say it’s made from the best stuff on earth if they’re using aspartame.)

Jelly Belly Snapple Cranberry Raspberry Jelly Beans

The bottles have a little twist off top with a ring that kept me from losing them (though I think if you pry them off, they’re like the rings from one of those spout milk jugs that cats love to play with until they end up under the fridge).

Cranberry Raspberry are red with a light purple hue. They’re sweet and have a good floral berry flavor to them. There’s only a slight hint of tartness, which is too bad, because I love the zing of cranberries.

Jelly Belly Snapple Jelly Beans

Pink Lemonade is kind of a weird product to start with. The beans here are quite pink and without much reason other than the fact that the color is in the name of the flavor. When I was a kid I thought that pink lemonade was pink because it had a touch of strawberry in it. But a little digging and I found out rather unsettling reasons for why early pink lemonade was pink. Anyway, Snapple’s classic Pink Lemonade is simply that, lemonade that’s been colored pink. This lemonade jelly bean is bland. There’s no tang, no real zest, just a mild lemon flavor.

Kiwi Strawberry is salmon-pink. The flavor is quite nicely rounded. The strawberry is center stage, sweet and floral with those toasted sugar notes of cotton candy. There’s a hint of sour and a pleasant and refreshing melon-kiwi note to it.

Snapple Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

Mango Madness is orange colored. The flavor is a mild mango or perhaps peach flavor. It lacks the intense pine and tartness that real mangoes have. Instead it’s rather one-note with just the sweet, Indian mango flavor.

Fruit Punch is a luxurious looking dark red color, a color I might mistake for root beer. I wasn’t looking forward to it, as fruit punch has never been a favorite flavor of mine. The notes are distinctive and have that authentic fruit punch flavor (is that guava and pineapple?) but still tastes natural. There are lots of red berry and cherry notes and a little twang of pineapple and either guava or papaya (maybe both). It was all sweetness with only a fleeting burst of tartness as part of the candy shell.

Overall, the flavors were mild. If you’re the type of person who tried Jelly Belly and thought, “My goodness, these would be good if they were less flavorful.” Then perhaps these were the Jelly Belly you were waiting for. I think they give naturally flavored & colored candy a bad reputation. I already know Jelly Belly can make good tasting beans without artificial flavors and colors, so I can only surmise that this is what Snapple customers want.

If I were a huge fan of these, I could see myself re-using the little bottles by buying bags of the mixes and refilling for easy portioning. This mix isn’t really to my taste, so I don’t see myself buying it again. I can see it getting a lot of play in places where you don’t normally see Jelly Belly just because of the brand and flavor recognition of Snapple. Jelly Belly does most of these flavors better in their Superfruit Mix or their Citrus Mix.

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Name: Snapple Jelly Beans
Brand: Jelly Belly
Place Purchased: samples from Jelly Belly
Price: $3.00 retail
Size: 1.65 ounces
Calories per ounce: 101
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Jelly Belly, Jelly Candy, Kosher, 5-Pleasant, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:39 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewJelly BellyJelly CandyKosher5-PleasantUnited States

  1. If these are all natural flavors, I would be interested to know if there is any actual fruits and berries listed in the ingredients.

    Comment by Emma on 4/04/12 at 12:23 pm #
  2. Cybele's avatar

    Emma - the ingredients for the Fruit Punch were sugar, corn syrup, modified food starch, and 2% or less of the following: grape juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid, grape juice concentrate for color, beeswax, carnauba wax and confectioners glaze.

    The Lemonade one was made with Lemon Puree, and Strawberry Kiwi was also made with strawberry and kiwi concentrate.

    So, yeah, kind of from the real thing.

    Comment by Cybele on 4/04/12 at 2:43 pm #
  3. Here’s a bit of free advice for Snapple (and not a terrible idea for Jelly Belly, either): bring back the clear root beer!

    Comment by Dave on 4/05/12 at 4:47 am #
  4. I’ve given Snapple’s tea products many chances, but they’re so terrible.  I don’t know how anyone enjoys them.  How can you screw up water, tea and sugar?

    Comment by Dennis on 4/05/12 at 7:07 am #
  5. Thanks, Cybele! I always wonder how much the change to natural ingredients affects the “natural” (probably learned) intensive taste that we recognize as “candy taste”. It must be tricky to make flavors when natural ingredients can be concentrated only to the point.

    Comment by Emma on 4/05/12 at 11:56 am #
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