Saturday, May 21, 2011

Unbottled And Unrestrained: A&W Root Beer Jelly Bellys Are Great By The Case!

A&W Root Beer Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Great realistic flavor, Environmentally responsible bulk, Taste does not fade
The Bad: No real nutritional value
The Basics: A truly perfect flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans,A&W Root Beer is a great value by the case as the flavor endures and it offers a true root beer experience!

The true magic of Jelly Belly jelly beans has to be in how precisely the company frequently matches the flavor their beans claim to be with the flavor it represents. So, for example, when Jelly Belly made an A&W Root Beer flavor, it tasted exactly like root beer. And truth be told, having done a comparison with the actual A&W root beer and another two brands, the impressive thing about the Jelly Bellys is how they taste precisely like A&W brand root beer! Anyone who loves root beer and would like to avoid drinking (for some odd reason) will find these Jelly Bellys to be a perfect solution!

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 Sour Peach, Coconut, Pomegranate or their signature flavor, Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs ten pounds of A&W Root Beer flavored Jelly Bellys? I suppose anyone who would drink that much root beer but suddenly does not want their root beer in liquid form. Anyone who might like A&W Root Beer 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.


A&W Root Beer 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 A&W Root Beer and they live up to that exceptionally well.

A&W Root Beer 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, "Ever been almost-drown by a tidal wave of root beer? That leaves a scar, man!" I suspect that for most people, a ten pound case is a year's supply of these jelly beans.

A&W Root Beer flavored Jelly Bellys are remarkably easy to recognize and distinguish from other Jelly Bellys, save the cappuccino ones. It is a translucent brown color, which is distinct from chocolate pudding (opaque brown), but fairly close to cappuccino, which is translucent brown (slightly darker) with little white specks.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not outrunning a root beer tidal wave. 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! We live in the land where jelly beans taste like popular drinks, eat them however you want!


A&W Root Beer Jelly Bellys have no bouquet, so it is actually quite surprising how much flavor they pack into each and every bean. Sadly, this is a flavor where the flavor defines itself and there is no real comparison. These jelly beans taste precisely like A&W Root Beer. The amazing thing is that they seem to have something in the shell of each bean that simulates the fizz of root beer as well. As a result, eating these beans gives the consumer a pretty amazing and realistic root beer 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 root beer and after it is swallowed, the bean has a strong aftertaste that even comes from the back of the throat. It is incredible!

As well, A&W Root Beer flavored Jelly Bellys do not diminish in taste when you eat vast quantities of them. No, these taste like root beer 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, though one does not recommend eating them all in one sitting. But if you did, they would all taste as good . . .


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, these don't come from a nice protected bottle, after all!). I've never had A&W Root Beer Jelly Bellys stain anything.


A&W Root Beer Jelly Belly jelly beans are a perfect flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans, truly embodying the exact flavor they claim to have. A real taste treat!

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Sour Strawberry
Chocolate Pudding


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© 2011, 2009 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.

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