Thursday, January 11, 2018

Just Like The Doughnuts Themselves, Original Glazed Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Are Unbearably Sweet!

The Good: Good ingredients
The Bad: Completely generically sweet flavor!
The Basics: Original Glazed Jelly Bellys are one of the least exciting, most generically sweet, Jelly Belly jelly beans ever made by the company!

I have never been a big fan of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. More than any other brand of doughnut I have tried, Krispy Kreme doughnuts are sweet in the most generic possible way. They are not so much flavored as they are glazed and between the different styles I tried, I found most quickly reduced to a simplistic, sugary flavor. Sadly, when Jelly Belly decided to partner with Krispy Kreme to make flavors of jelly beans, it seemed like if they managed to get the Krispy Kreme flavor right, they would be underwhelming jelly beans. That is exactly what happened with the Original Glazed Krispy Kreme Doughnut flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans.

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 the Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie, BeanBoozled Assortment, Krispy Kreme Chocolate Sprinkle Doughnut or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs up to ten pounds of Original Glazed flavored Jelly Bellys? Given the lack of inherent flavor and quality to these beans, even buying them in bulk is not a particularly positive benefit of these beans. The ten pound case of Original Glazed Jelly Belly jelly beans is the most economically and environmentally responsible package.


Original Glazed is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the Krispy Kreme Assortment of Jelly Bellys! Jelly Belly Original Glazed 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 like Original Glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts and they might do that fairly accurately, but the flavor comes out as generic sugary.

Original Glazed flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but they are least expensive by the ten pound box. Original Glazed flavored Jelly Bellys are easy to recognize. The Original Glazed Jelly Belly jelly beans are a pearlescent tan jelly bean without any additional marks or coloring, save the "Jelly Belly" name painted on each bean.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not making homemade doughnuts! Preparing them is as easy as opening the bag in the box and popping one (or a handful) into your mouth. In the case of the ten pound box, one might want to put them in a candy dish of some form as opposed to risking spilling them each time one goes into the bag.


The Original Glazed Jelly Bellys have no real aroma to them. These beans offer up no real information from their bouquet.

The Original Glazed Jelly Belly jelly beans taste like sugar, with a faint hint (for the earliest bean or two that one consumes) of maple in as the flavor finishes. Unfortunately, even that subtle flavor returns to dull and indistinctly sweet after the first couple of beans.

The Jelly Belly Original Glazed jelly beans have a strong sweet aftertaste that does not endure very long in the mouth after the last of these beans are consumed. Like the primary flavor, the aftertaste is more generically sugary than it is at all distinct or flavorful.


These are jelly beans, so one has to recall that they are based on something that is not at all nutritious. The Jelly Belly Original Glazed jelly beans are not a legitimate source of nutrition. These are a dessert and are in no way an adequate substitute for a real meal. A serving is listed at twenty-seven beans, with each Jelly Belly jelly bean having approximately four calories. This means that in a single serving, there are 110 calories.

Jelly Belly Original Glazed 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 to most Vegans because they contain no gelatin. Vegans who might take issue with these as being Vegan-compliant are the ones who have an issue with the use of bee's wax in the coating, so know your Vegan before buying! The Original Glazed beans 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 almost two years and I have yet to run across a stale Jelly Belly and Original Glazed are no exception. They remain freshest when they are kept in an airtight container (the bag in the 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; the package I picked up last week had an April 6, 2019 expiration date.

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, just as you would before eating a doughnut). I've never had Original Glazed Jelly Bellys stain anything.


Original Glazed Jelly Bellys are arguably the least flavorful Jelly Belly jelly bean ever produced, making it one of the few true failures from the confectioner.

For other Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor reviews by me, please check out:
Strawberry Iced Krispy Kreme Doughnut
Cranberry Sauce
Candy Corn


For other Jelly Belly reviews, please be sure to visit my Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2018 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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