Ocean County’s Favorite Jelly Bean
It's the candy that represents Easter and Spring with all of their colors. It's a great filler in the Easter basket, there are so many different flavors and colors and President Ronald Reagan LOVED this colorful, sweet candy.
One of the earliest references to the Jelly Bean was with Boston candy maker William Schrafft who urged people to send his Jelly Beans to Union Soldiers in the Civil War.
President Ronald Reagan loved these egg shaped candies but he originally started snacking on Jelly Beans to stop smoking his pipe. Jelly Belly, the gourmet Jelly Bean maker created a blue berry Jelly Bean for President Reagan..so there would be red, white and blue.
Do you remember the 1998 movie "Babe: Pig in the City"? Jelly Beans were handed out to the animals during the movie.
Recently, we did a survey on Ocean County's favorite Jelly Bean and Cherry won the big race...with lemon, watermelon and black licorice flavor in second, third and fourth. Did you taste the Buttered Popcorn flavor? It's becoming very popular!
A fact about me and Jelly Beans, I'm not a big fan--the only color I'll eat is red. Now my Dad, Jelly Beans are his favorite! I look at a Jelly Bean and think of him every time.