Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Last Of The Sour Line (For Me!) Sour Lemon Makes Me Think . . .

Sour Lemon Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Environmentally responsible bulk, Tastes exactly like lemons
The Bad: Only that this isn't the standard lemon Jelly Belly.
The Basics: A delicious sour flavor that perfectly embodies the taste it is supposed to, Sour Lemon is worth stocking up on!

As the end of the year approaches, I am finding myself genuinely pleased about all of the goals I am accomplishing. By the end of the year, I will have finished reviewing every flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans (actually, I did that last year and now I'm mostly just transferring those reviews!). It's all around a good time for me as a reviewer. I mention this as I take on the Sour Lemon Jelly Bellys because this is the last of the Sour line of Jelly Bellys and that, too, is a little accomplishment. Or, maybe I just need something to open with because when I consider the Sour Lemon Jelly Belly jelly beans, I am at something of a loss; these are delicious and perfectly flavored like lemons. As a result, there is very little to write about these and I am left wondering why these aren't the standard.

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 Pudding, Peach Bellini, Pomegranate Cosmo, or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs ten pounds of Sour Lemon flavored Jelly Bellys? Anyone who likes strong, sour lemon flavor will like these. Sure, there are Lemon Jelly Bellys, but the Sour Lemon have all the flavor of lemons. The Sour Lemon beans are so good, it makes one wish they had dish to flavor with them! Anyone who might like Sour Lemon 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.


Sour Lemon is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the Sour line. 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 lemon, which is sour anyway, and they live up to that perfectly.

Sour Lemon 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 grumble, "You can't even use this to dye your hair, what the heck?!" I suspect that for most people, a ten pound case is a year's supply of these jelly beans.

Sour Lemon flavored Jelly Bellys are fairly easy to recognize and distinguish from other Jelly Bellys, at least in the Sour Assortment. There are only ten Sour flavors and Sour Lemon is the only yellow one. These opaque yellow jelly beans closely resemble the regular Lemon flavor, though it has a slightly more pale yellow color than the standard Lemon.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not preparing a fine dinner that needs lemons for garnish and flavoring. 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, there is no law against eating them right from the box and it's not like they become less sour if you do! Eat them freely from the box or however you please!


Sour Lemon Jelly Bellys have a very faint citrus smell when one opens the box of these Jelly Bellys for consumption. They do not have the strongest scent, but there is just enough of a scent to set the consumer up for the taste of Lemons.

When one puts the Sour Lemon Jelly Belly on their tongue they get exactly what they would expect from a lemon-flavored jelly bean. This tastes precisely like lemon and the longer they are on the tongue, the more sour they get. However, they never burn out the tastebuds, so this is a very true lemon taste experience. At the end of the day, though, it leaves remarkable little to write about because the Sour Lemon taste exactly like what they are supposed to; lemon with only a hint of sweetness to them.

Sour Lemon holds up remarkably well over many beans as well, which makes the bulk box a great value. Because the taste holds up and the beans are sour without being overwhelmingly so, the consumer is able to sit and eat these in quantity.


Again, these are jelly beans, so anyone looking to them for nutrition needs to understand they are designed to compete with Sour Patch Kids and other sour candies, so they're not going to be terribly nutritious! 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! Some Vegans consider the wax in the coating in the Jelly Belly jelly beans to be not Vegan compliant. I suppose it depends on just how strict a Vegan your Vegan is, if this matters at all. Generally, they are animal free! Jelly Belly jelly 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 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 in the bulk box is sufficient if it is kept closed) and they ought to be kept in a cool 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 (fortunately, these are not sticky like actual Lemons!). I've never had Sour Lemon Jelly Bellys stain anything.


As minimal as it may seem, Sour Lemon Jelly Belly jelly beans are a perfect flavor because they taste exactly like what they are supposed to and that taste endures for the whole duration of the ten-pound box!

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Mixed Berry Smoothie


For other food and beverage reviews, please be sure to check out my index page for an organized listing!

© 2010, 2009 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.

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Sour Lemon Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk Click to buy directly from Jelly Belly!

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