7UP Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Great realistic flavor, Environmentally responsible bulk, Taste does not fade
The Bad: No real nutritional value
The Basics: Perfect and enduring, 7Up flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans are a great taste investment by the ten-pound box!
When the 7Up flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans showed up on my radar, I was skeptical. After all, Jelly Belly already had a Lemon Lime flavored bean, why did they need 7Up? Well, having now gone through most of a ten pound box, I am beginning to see who needs this many . . . me! And anyone who likes drinking 7Up but wants a different way to get the same flavor, these Jelly Bellys are an intriguing way to go.
For those who might never have had Jelly Belly jelly beans, these are easily the best jelly beans on the planet, packing a lot of flavor into a very small size. Unlike most jelly beans which are only vaguely flavored and are more based on colors, Jelly Belly jelly beans have a wide variety of actual flavors, like A & W Root Beer, Top Banana, Smoothie Assortment, or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.
Who needs ten pounds of 7Up flavored Jelly Bellys? I suppose anyone who would drink that much 7Up but is now mortally afraid of straws. Anyone who might like 7Up Jelly Belly jelly beans will likely find that this is the best way to get them in bulk in an environmentally responsible way for the least amount of money.
7Up is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans. Jelly Belly jelly beans are approximately one half inch long by one quarter inch wide and they are roughly bean-shaped. These little candies are marketed to taste precisely like 7Up and they live up to that exceptionally well.
7Up flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but the largest quantity available is the ten pound bulk case. This is a decent-sized box with a plastic lining and while some might wonder why anyone would need a ten pound box, I ask, "Have the straws gone back from whence they came?!" I suspect that for most people, a ten pound case is a year's supply of these jelly beans.
7Up flavored Jelly Bellys are remarkably easy to recognize and distinguish from other Jelly Bellys. They are light green, with white spots. Ironically, they are more easy to mix up with other translucent white Jelly Bellys like A&W Cream Soda (reviewed here!) than the more green Lemon Lime beans.
Ease Of Preparation
These are jelly beans, not fighting off cases of cursed straws with only a spork. In the case of the ten pound box, one might want to put them in a candy dish of some form as opposed to always going into the box. Then again, going into the box constantly might make you feel like you're getting exercise, so that might be the way to go. Eat them as you would!
7Up Jelly Bellys have a faint, citrus scent. As a result, the consumer is ready for something with a little twist of lemon and they are adequately prepared for the taste they have. Given even a faint aroma like these have, it is surprising how much flavor they pack into each and every bean.
Sadly, this is a flavor where the flavor defines itself and there is no real comparison. These jelly beans taste precisely like 7Up. The amazing thing is that they seem to have something in the shell of each bean that simulates the fizz of 7Up as well. As a result, eating these beans gives the consumer a pretty amazing and realistic lemon soda experience: one gets a slight bite, as if from fizz, on the tongue when the beans are initially placed there, biting releases the full flavor of 7Up, including the lemony aftertaste. What is equally incredible is that after it is swallowed, the bean has a strong aftertaste that even comes from the back of the throat. These taste just like 7Up soda.
As well, 7Up flavored Jelly Bellys do not diminish in taste when you eat vast quantities of them. No, these taste like 7Up bite after bite, never fading and that is quite incredible. The enduring quality of the taste helps make the ten-pound case have added value and for those who love 7Up, this is a great way to go.
Again, these are jelly beans, so anyone looking to them for nutrition needs to understand they are based upon something that is not exactly rich in nutrients. Jelly beans, even Jelly Belly jelly beans, are not a legitimate source of nutrition. These are a snack food, a dessert, and are in no way an adequate substitute for a real meal. A serving is listed at thirty-five beans, with each Jelly Belly jelly bean having approximately four calories. This means that in a single serving, there are 140 calories, which is 12% of your daily recommended intake.
The thing is, Jelly Belly jelly beans are not as bad as they could be in the nutrition area. They have no fat and no protein, but for those who have ever dated a Vegan, these are Vegan compliant because they contain no gelatin! They have only one percent of the daily sodium with 15 mg and they are gluten free! The main ingredients are sugar, corn syrup and modified food starch, so it's not like this is an all-natural food, but they could be far, far worse.
Jelly Belly jelly beans have a shelf life of approximately one year and I have yet to run across a stale Jelly Belly (though that could have something to do with a package never surviving a year around me and this flavor doesn't even last six months usually). They remain freshest when they are kept in an airtight container (the bag in the bulk box is sufficient if it is kept closed) and they ought to be kept in a lukewarm environment. Storing them in hot places is likely to make the beans stick together and be gross. Kept in a cool, dry place, the beans retain their flavor perfectly.
As for cleanup, unless one allows the Jelly Belly to get hot to the point that the waxy coating on the bean melts, the dyes on these do not bleed or denature, so there is usually no cleanup necessary, not even washing one's hands after eating them (always wash your hands before eating Jelly Bellys, there is no straw or bottle to protect the beans from germs and dirt, so show some respect to the beans). I've never had 7Up Jelly Bellys stain anything.
7Up Jelly Belly jelly beans are a perfectly delicious, if unlikely, flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans, truly embodying the exact flavor they claim to have. I would have thought they would be redundant with all of the other lemony flavors of Jelly Bellys, but these are too good to pass up!
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