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Fun Fact October 21, 2020.

21 October 2020

Today a fun fact or two about the jelly bean.   It has been claimed that in 1861 Boston confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War.   According to the book The Century in Food: America’s Fad and Favorites, it was not until July 5, 1905, that Jelly beans were mentioned in print when the Chicago Daily News ran an advertisement for bulk jelly beans sold by volume for nine cents per pound.  You’ve probably never thought about the process to make jelly beans, a process that takes between six and ten days, depending on the flavor.  First the syrup that fills the center is mixed and boiled, then let set.  From there it’s piped into tiny corn starch molds and left to cool before adding the outer layer.  The jelly centers are then put into large rotating drums, where sugar, flavoring, and color are slowly added to form up a protective shell around each one.  We all remember that Ronald Regan loved jelly beans and When Beatlemania broke out in 1963, fans of the Beatles in the US threw jelly beans at the band, emulating fans in the UK who threw the British candy version, Jelly Babies, at George Harrison who reportedly liked eating them.

Fun Fact October 21, 2020.