With over 100 different flavors, Jelly Belly jelly beans are hard not to like. It wasn’t until around the 1960’s that jelly beans were first made but their history goes back farther then that. In 1869 Gustav Goelitz opened up a candy business in Belleville, Illinois at the age of 24 making candy corn and “royal buttercreams”. His family continued the tradition and in 1965 jellybeans finally made a break through when the Mini Jelly Beans were infused with flavor in the center.
Jelly Belly jelly beans made another breakthrough in 1976 when they came up with the recipe that inspired many of the classic flavors everyone has come to love: Root Beer, Green Apple, Licorice, Cream Soda, Lemon, Tangerine, Very Cherry, and Grape. After the major recipe breakthrough they kept pushing the flavor boundaries creating unique and wonderful flavors, anything from strawberry daiquiri to jalapeno! From there on out Jelly Belly jelly beans continued to wow America with its great taste and innovation, becoming loved by President Ronald Regan and even being sent into space! Today around 46,000 kilos of Jelly Belly jelly beans are produced everyday!