Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sport Beans

Name: Sport Beans
Brand: Jelly Belly
Place Purchased: 7-11
Price: $1.25
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 100
Type: Jelly Bean

If you were to take out the brand awareness of Jelly Bellies and introduce a product called Sport Beans, I think you’re looking at a surefire flop. However, Jelly Belly seems to know what they’re doing and they’ve recognized that there were folks out there popping jelly beans for energy while exercising, so why not give them the stuff that they’re getting in a sports drink or gel.

Tangerine Jelly Bellies are far and away my favorites however Sport Beans only come in two flavors, Orange and Lemon-Lime. Could have been worse, they could only come in chocolate and buttered popcorn, so I think I lucked out. I was worried that it would taste salty and sweaty like Gatorade, but it didn’t. They tasted like really zesty orange jelly beans with a slight salty cast to them. The electrolytes provided are not nearly at the levels you’d find in a dietary supplement, but at comparable levels according to the chart on the website to GU plus added vitamin C & E. They’re actually more flavorful than regular Jelly Bellies, which I think is a good feature, as the tartness gets the salivary glands going so your mouth isn’t as dry.

The only drawback I see to these is eating them when you’re not working out. After all, they’re salted up, and if you’re someone who should be avoiding sodium these probably aren’t something you should have around. But, having had Gatorade and Powerade before, Sport Beans are far easier to carry around and meter out how much you want. Putting an open packet of Cliff Shots in your pocket or bag is a surefire sticky disaster in the making.

Rating - 8 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:44 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewJelly BellyJelly Candy8-TastyUnited States7-11

  1. Thank you for this review.

    Comment by Russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. That’s a little odd, but a smart idea, I guess, when you think about the convenience of small jelly beans.

    Comment by grace on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. this blog is dangerous to your health

    if you sit and write all day
    fruit rules OK grin

    Hugh W

    Comment by Hugh Watkins on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. Could have been much MUCH worse, they could have used some of the flavors from their Dr. Bott’s Every Flavor beans collection! :^o

    Comment by Tricia on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. Can you buy this porduct in Canada?

    Comment by ryan on 6/11/06 at 4:17 am #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    Ryan - you might want to try the Jelly Belly website. There’s a store locator there.

    I was able to find the Sport Beans at the convenience store, so they should be widely available.

    Comment by Cybele on 6/13/06 at 2:41 pm #
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