Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Intriguing flavor, Nothing bad in them.
The Bad: Not the strongest flavor
The Basics: Delicious, if a bit esoteric, Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Bellys taste fruity and delicious, bean after bean!
The nice thing about being a reviewer of all sorts of things is that my wife knows she can pretty much surprise me with anything and I'll always be able to enjoy reviewing it, if nothing else. My wife, however, has an amazing track record with getting me gifts that I enjoy. So, knowing that I am rapidly exhausting the boxes of Jelly Belly jelly beans that I have been enjoying and reviewing, when she brought me back a case of Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Bellys, she knew I would be quite thrilled. And I am. One of the advantages of having a vague flavor like "mixed berry" is that the flavor has very little specifics to live up to. Still, this is an amazing fruit flavor of 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 Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Harry Potter Assortment, Peach Bellini, Green Apple or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.
Who needs up to ten pounds of Mixed Berry Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys? Anyone who does not like fruit, but would prefer to drink their fruit, but then would even rather have their fruit in candy form without actually having the nutritional benefits of fruit might like pounds and pounds of Mixed Berry Smoothie. Anyone who might like Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans will likely find that buying by the pound is a good way to get it, but there is a ten pound package that is a bit more economically and environmentally responsible.
Mixed Berry 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.
Mixed Berry Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but they are frequently sold by the pound. The one to three pound packages tend to be pretty affordable for candy, if a bit expensive for jelly beans.
Mixed Berry Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are easy to recognize. The Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans are purple with dark purple splotches. They look unlike any Jelly Belly, within the Smoothie Assortment or any of the other Jelly Belly assortments.
Ease Of Preparation
These are jelly beans, not making a fruit smoothie, preparing them is as easy as opening the bag and popping one (or a handful) into your mouth. In the case of the one to three pound bags, 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.
Mixed Berry Smoothie is a good 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. There is a faintly fruity aroma when one opens the bag, but that fades pretty quickly.
As for the flavor, this is a tough to define one, because it does taste like berries, in a very generic fruity way. As well, there is a milky taste to them, a very smooth flavor which minimizes the usual sour that accompanies berries. As a result, this tastes like grape juice cut with milk. These do not taste like blueberry or raspberry alone, but they do taste fruity and like berries, as opposed to citrus. They have a milk-smooth aftertaste as well, which helps the flavor stay on the tongue.
Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Bellys do not fade in their flavor no matter how many one eats, but because of the milky flavor to them, they do have something of a sugary taste that is hard to want to eat in vast quantities.
Again, these are jelly beans, so one has to recall that they are based on something that is not exactly nutritiously rich. 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! 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 . . .). 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 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, it's just polite to the beans that way!). I've never had Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Bellys stain anything.
Mixed Berry Smoothie Jelly Bellys are appropriately vague in their flavor, but are still delicious enough to enthusiastically recommend. Those looking for a smoother jelly bean than the sharp fruit flavored beans, will find this is a good choice, even if it does not have the best-defined flavor.
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