National Jelly Bean Day
National Jelly Bean Day is observed on April 22 of every year. National Jelly Bean Day is a day for all sweet lovers to enjoy a handful of candy. Jelly beans are bean-shaped candies found in wide range of colours and flavours. Jelly beans are often sold in the mix of eight different fruit flavours. Gumdrops and spiced jelly beans are also widely seen, and these were the first candies to be sold in weight. Jelly beans are primarily bought and consumed during Easter and Halloween. Approximately, 16 billion jelly beans are manufactured every year in the United States. It is quite associated with Easter due to its egg-like resemblance.
“You can tell alot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” – Ronald Reagan
History of National Jelly Bean Day
Origin of National Jelly Bean Day remains anonymous. However, Jelly Bean was first manufactured during the 1800s. Though candies similar to jelly beans existed before, it was a Boston Candy manufacturer William Schrafft who made jelly beans famous during the American civil war by promoting his customer to send those candies to the troops fighting in the Civil War. The promotion happened through advertisement during 1961. Jelly beans were first mentioned in Chicago Daily News during July 5, 1905. It was in the 1930s; jelly beans were found to be closely associated with Easter due to its shape. The first eight flavours of jelly beans introduced during 1976 were Very Cherry, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Lemon, Licorice and Grape. Jelly beans were primarily liked by America’s 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Few legends believe that jelly beans to be originated from a Turkish delights or lokum, a chewy candy from Turkey, though it is obscure who invented them.
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How to celebrate National Jelly Bean Day
National Jelly Bean Day can be celebrated by simply gulping a mouthful of your favourite candy. On this day if you haven’t had enough flavours of jelly beans, then grab the opportunity to go try out some them. Present the sweets in a jar as gifts to friends or loved ones. You can make the variety of dishes using jelly beans, so try to make an attempt and share it with your friends and family. You can also organise craft activities for kids based on jelly beans. The games can include jelly bean-flavoured word jumbles, how many jelly beans are in the jar? An art with jelly beans, etc. Jelly beans are not only consumed during Easter, and special holidays, they are just enjoyed throughout the year. Post pictures and share your thoughts on social media about National Jelly Bean Day by using the hashtag #JellyBeanDay.