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Jelly in Your Belly

14 Apr 2021

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Did you know that April 22nd is Jelly Bean Day? Jelly beans are rumoured to have appeared during the time of American Civil War. William Schraff, a Boston confectioner, urged his customers to send jelly beans to the soldiers.

Today food historians believe, that the first jelly beans appeared around that time. The very first advertisement of jelly beans appeared on July 5, 1905, in the Chicago Daily News. They were sold for 9 cents per pound. Earlier jelly beans were associated with Easter because of their egg-like shape. However this changed, that is why we can enjoy these candies anytime.

And did you know, that jelly beans were President Reagan’s favorite candies and he used them to quit smoking, when he was the governor of California? Each year about 16 billion jelly beans are manufactured in the U.S. just for Easter.

If you line up all jelly beans eaten by folks during Easter holidays, they could circle the Earth for more than 3 times!

If like us and Ronald you’re a fan of these tiny sugary delights, why not give these recipes a go!...

Jelly Bean Pop-Tarts

Ingredients:
• Ready-roll pastry
• Jelly beans
• Icing sugar
• Milk
• Rainbow sprinkles

Method:
• Preheat the oven to 230c or 210c in a fan assisted oven.
• Unroll the pastry and cut into 8cm x 12cm making sure you have an even number for tops and bottoms of the tarts.
• Place jelly beans on half the pastry rectangles leaving space at the edges.
• Moisten the edges with milk.
• Place a second pastry rectangle on top of the bean half, press to seal and use a fork to crimp the edges making a firm seal.
• Place each tart on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper or baking parchment.
• Cook in the oven for 7 - 8 minutes until the edges are slightly golden.
• Remove from oven and leave to cool slightly.
• Mix one or two tablespoons of milk into a cup of icing sugar, don’t use too much or the icing will be too runny.
• Spoon onto the tarts and top with rainbow sprinkles.

Top tip!: You can choose a mixture of flavours or if you have time on your hands why not separate out the flavoured beans?

If you are failing at being an adult and starting your day with all that sugar wasn’t bad enough, why not try out this boozy bean delight at the end of the day!...

Jelly Bean Vodka

• Separate jelly beans by color and place 4 to 6 jelly beans in the bottom of a medium sized sealable jar.
• Pour in one cup of vodka. Fasten the lid of the jar.
• Allow vodka to infuse for at least 24 hours. Strain the vodka to rid the infused liquor of larger pieces of jelly beans.

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