The Good: Intriguing flavor, Nothing bad in them, Taste holds up in bulk.
The Bad: Not especially milky in its flavor, Muted Passion fruit flavor
The Basics: The Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie Jelly Bellys taste exactly like what they are supposed to, making them a perfect bean.
As I reach the end of the Jelly Belly Smoothie Assortment (here!) that the Jelly Belly Corporation sent me, I end with a remarkably average Jelly Belly jelly bean. That flavor is Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie and it is not bad, but it is not the most robust flavor, inside or out of the assortment.
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 Chocolate Devotion Ice Cream Sundae, the superlative, limited edition Candy Cane, Our Strawberry Blonde or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.
Who needs up to ten pounds of Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys? Anyone who loves their smoothies, but cannot find the passion fruit in quantity, will love the Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans in bulk. Anyone who might like Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans will likely find that buying by the ten pound box is a good way to get it, though at this point most places still only have this flavor in the Assortment.
Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the Smoothie line of Jelly Bellys which is supposed to be a smoother bean. 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 fruity and they do.
Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but they are most economical in the ten pound package. The ten pound package, if one can find it, is the most affordable way to get them with the least amount of waste.
Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are very easy to recognize, especially within the Smoothie Assortment. The Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans are a bright pink color with little red spots. This is set apart very easily within the assortment, though looks a little like Strawberry Daiquiri in the outside assortment.
Ease Of Preparation
These are jelly beans, not hunting the wild passion fruit, preparing them is as easy as opening the bag and popping one (or a handful) into your mouth. In the case of the ten pound box, one needs only to open the box and remove them from the bag inside. The optimal eating experience would come from eating these from a separate container.
The Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie has almost no aroma; opening the box, one gets a vaguely fruity scent. These beans are very weak with the bouquet, so there is little foreshadowing for the flavor from the aroma.
The shell is very fruity and tastes like a cherry. Actually, the Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie tastes like cherry cough syrup and bubble gum. The flavor is dominated by the cherry flavor and the passion fruit only comes in as an aftertaste. The milk that ought to embody the smoothie element is an after after taste, making it a much more fruity bean than some of the others in the Smoothie Assortment.
The Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans hold up over for several servings without the taste fading!
Again, these are jelly beans, not the healthy fruit beverage upon which it is based! They 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! Outside the bee's wax, they are pretty universally Vegan compliant because they do not have any actual milk in them. They have only one percent of the daily sodium with 20 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 . . .). They remain freshest when they are kept in an airtight container (the bag 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 denature. 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, even if every fruit flavor is not as special as the elusive passion fruit). I've never had Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie Jelly Bellys stain anything.
Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie Jelly Bellys are good, but not the best flavor within the assortment or from the company. This is a fruity flavor that gets buried from a company that does other, much more distinct fruit flavored jelly beans.
For other Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor reviews by me, please check out:
Mint Mint Chocolate Chip
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
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