An Ode to the Bean on Jump for Jelly Beans Day
And mind you, that's all we're doing today because July 31 is "Jump for Jelly Beans Day" and not "National Jelly Bean Day." That was way back on April 22. To jump for jelly beans is to show one's love for the delightfully whimsical bean-shaped confections.
Did you know that jelly beans trace their lineage to Turkish delight and Jordan almonds? Keep that in mind the next time you're feeling all groovy with 'Merican jingoism when you see old footage of Ronald Reagan scooping mounds of the candy into his maw in the war room.
Jelly beans are also thought to have gotten their popularity boost back during the American Civil War when a Boston-area confectioner by the name of William Schrafft advertised his candies as the perfect package of sugary comfort for soldiers in the front. All these tidbits aside, no one around here and certainly in the ever-so-credible internet has any clue as to how the jumping business came about. We don't want anyone choking while jumping but here are three of the more popular jelly bean makers for you to choose from for your celebration.
The Jelly Belly Candy Company of California used to be known as the Herman Goelitz Candy Company and pumps out close to 37 million pounds of candy a year, of which the majority is used to landscape the former President's gravesite at the Ronal Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. They are also responsible for the horrendous "Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans" which all Harry Potter nerds love. As a gag gift, they are great, as far as consuming them goes, they are horrible but to each their own. Who are we to judge? They did make those beer-flavored ones, remember?