Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another Wonderful Fruit Flavor, Raspberry Jelly Bellys Live Up!

Raspberry Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Sweet and tastes like raspberry, Environmentally responsible bulk, Flavor endures
The Bad: None that I can find
The Basics: Tasting just like raspberries, the Raspberry Jelly Belly jelly beans are another great Jelly Belly flavor worth stocking up on!

I am a very lucky person (now) when it comes to my wife. She has accepted that I am a reviewing fiend and even tries to support my little projects when I start them, even if she does not always participate in them (she'll be very happy, for example, when my Best Picture Project is completed). So, when it became clear how close I was to having tried and reviewed each flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans, my wife began actively hunting down the last few flavors I would need in order to actually try all of them by the end of the year. So, on our last surprise "I Love You" Day, I was surprised when she presented me with a flavor I was shocked to discover I had missed: Raspberry! I have recently reviewed Jelly Belly's Sour Raspberry flavor, but I had somehow managed to miss getting in the regular Raspberry Jelly Belly! My partner corrected that oversight and I am quite pleased to say there is nothing "regular" about Raspberry Jelly Bellys: this is another perfect bean from Jelly Belly!

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 Mojito, 7-UP, Sour Cherry or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs ten pounds of Raspberry flavored Jelly Bellys? These are ideal for anyone who would love to eat a whole patch of raspberries, but doesn't want to have to go through the effort of picking them all! Anyone who might like Raspberry 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.


Raspberry 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 raspberry and they live up to that extraordinarily well, including the slight tart quality raspberries have.

Raspberry 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 you ever tried to maintain a raspberry patch in an area that has bunnies?!" I suspect that for most people, a ten pound case is a year's supply of these jelly beans.

Raspberry flavored Jelly Bellys are a pain to recognize when in assortments with other Jelly Bellys. They look almost exactly like Strawberry Jam and Red Apple. Even the new Pomegranate may be easily mistaken for Raspberry because of the translucent red beans having similar shading - despite Pomegranate having little purple splotches on it. These Jelly Bellys are dark, translucent red, much like actual raspberries. Of course, on their own in the ten pound box, there is nothing to confuse them with.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not keeping small animals out of the raspberry patch while avoiding getting bit to death by mosquitoes; preparing them is as easy as opening 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 always going into the box. Then again, you are free to enjoy them any way you wish, eat them out of the box if you are so inclined!


Raspberry is a great Jelly Belly jelly bean. The beans do not have any sort of strong bouquet, so much of their taste comes from the actual taste, not the scent. In fact, these are one of the best Jelly Bellys that are not aromatic in any way.

The Raspberry Jelly Belly tastes exactly like raspberries. There is the sweet, berry flavor that bursts over the tongue and it is such a true and convincing flavor of raspberries, when I started eating these, I was surprised they were not juice-filled, the taste was so incredible. What's more is that once the initial sweetness of the berry washes over the tongue, there is a slightly tart kick as the flavor dissipates through the mouth. I swear, with all of the Raspberry Jelly Belly jelly beans I have eaten, I do not recall ever swallowing; I think they roll down the throat or wash over the tongue and down the throat like a fruit juice!

Raspberry Jelly Bellys also maintain their flavor and the complexity and range of their flavor over the course of handfuls of the beans, making them an ideal flavor for those who like raspberries or jelly beans!


Again, these are jelly beans, so one is not getting the nutrients they would from actual raspberries. It behooves one to remember that 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 box not lasting even six months!). 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, even if they don't come from a patch outdoors!). I've never had Raspberry Jelly Bellys stain anything.


Raspberry Jelly Belly jelly beans are another perfect flavor of Jelly Belly which are available for consumers in fantastic bulk!

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Pomegranate Cosmo
Peach Bellini
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Assortment


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