Monday, December 6, 2010

There's An R.E.M. Song About It, Now A Jelly Bean: Orange Crush Jelly Bellys Rock!

Orange Crush Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Environmentally responsible bulk, Great (perfectly accurate) taste, Nothing bad in it
The Bad: Not nutritious, I suppose
The Basics: Uncomfortable with having so little to say about the perfect Orange Crush Jelly Belly jelly beans, I make a lot of references to the obscure R.E.M. song "Orange Crush."

As my supply of Jelly Belly jelly beans reaches its end and I go through reviewing my last few ten pound boxes, I find myself enjoying the fact that after eating so much candy, I still have rigorous standards that I hold each candy to. I mention this at the outset of my review of the Pop Shoppe Orange Crush Jelly Belly because I do not want my readers to think that I am getting lax and simply giving away the perfect scores because I am bloated from candy consumption! Far from it. Orange Crush deserves its consideration as a perfect Jelly Belly for its embodiment of the Orange Crush flavor, which it pulls off perfectly!

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 Cinnamon, Mixed Berry Smoothie, Dr. Pepper, or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs ten pounds of Orange Crush flavored Jelly Bellys? I suppose anyone who would continue to play R.E.M.’s “Orange Crush” loud day and night to glorify the beverage upon which this bean is based to celebrate would want ten pounds (maybe more!) of these delicious Jelly Belly jelly beans. Anyone who might like Orange Crush 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.


Orange Crush is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the Pop Shoppe Assortment of Jelly Bellys. 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 Orange Crush and they live up to that exceptionally well.

Orange Crush 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 say, “’Orange Crush’ goes best with eating Orange Crush Jelly Bellys!" (which usually gets me stared at by people who aren't R.E.M. fans). I suspect that for most people, a ten pound case is a year's supply of these jelly beans.

Orange Crush flavored Jelly Bellys are remarkably easy to recognize and distinguish from other Jelly Bellys. They are light translucent orange in color and the only Jelly Belly even close to it in the regular assortment is the Tangerine. Even so, Orange Crush is a deeper and paler orange, so it is still easily recognizable.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not breaking into an R.E.M. concert to bestow upon them the gift of Orange Crush. 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, going into the box constantly might make you feel like you're getting exercise, so that might be the way to go. Eat them as you would!


Orange Crush Jelly Bellys have a faint, orange scent. As a result, the consumer is ready for something with a little twist of lemon and they are adequately prepared for the taste they have. Given even a faint aroma like these have, it is surprising how much flavor they pack into each and every bean.

Incredibly, this is a flavor that perfectly embodies what it claims to be, even if Orange Crush and non-brand-name orange sodas essentially taste the same. These jelly beans taste precisely like Orange Crush. The amazing thing is that they seem to have something in the shell of each bean that simulates the fizz of Orange Crush as well. As a result, eating these beans gives the consumer a pretty amazing and realistic orange soda experience: one gets a slight bite, as if from fizz, on the tongue when the beans are initially placed there, biting releases the full flavor of Orange Crush, including the orange aftertaste. What is equally incredible is that after it is swallowed, the bean has a strong aftertaste that even comes from the back of the throat. These taste just like Orange Crush soda.

As well, Orange Crush flavored Jelly Bellys do not diminish in taste when you eat vast quantities of them. These taste like Orange Crush bite after bite, never fading and that is quite incredible. The enduring quality of the taste helps make the ten-pound case have added value and for those who love Orange Crush, this is a great way to go.


Again, these are jelly beans, so anyone looking to them for nutrition needs to understand they are based upon something that is not exactly rich in nutrients. 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 flavor doesn't even last six months usually). 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, especially if you've just been at an R.E.M. concert!). I've never had Orange Crush Jelly Bellys stain anything.


Orange Crush Jelly Belly jelly beans are a perfectly delicious, incredible flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans, truly embodying the exact flavor they claim to have. I would have thought this would be redundant with all of the other orange flavors of Jelly Bellys, but it is not. This is an amazing flavor for anyone who likes orange soda, orange flavor or, well, R.E.M.

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Sour Raspberry
Cafe Latte
Sour Lemon


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

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