Green Apple Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Good taste (despite realistic lightness), Environmentally responsible bulk, Taste does not fade
The Bad: No real nutritional value
The Basics: Surprisingly good, Green Apple Jelly Bellys are sweet to the taste and then, a minute after eating create a sharp, cold taste in the mouth: amazing!
I was a little mystified, when going through the catalog of Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors, to discover that there was both a green apple and a red apple flavor of Jelly Belly jelly bean. I thought, "what can really be the difference?!" Having reviewed the Red Apple Jelly Bellys, I decided it was time to get in a case of the Green Apple beans and do a comparison! And yes, there are some serious differences!
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 Orange Juice, Cotton Candy, A&W Root Beer, or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.
Who needs ten pounds of Green Apple flavored Jelly Bellys? I suppose anyone who wants all the apple flavor, without the nutrition or the work involved with baking a pie. Anyone who might like Green Apple 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.
Green Apple 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 Green Apple and they live up to that well, actually embodying the taste of green (not red or yellow) apples.
Green Apple 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, "Who would rather have ten pounds of apples instead of ten pounds of jelly beans?" I suspect that for most people, a ten pound case is a year's supply of these jelly beans.
Green Apple flavored Jelly Bellys are remarkably easy to recognize and distinguish from other Jelly Bellys. It is a translucent dark green color, which is distinct from Kiwi (opaque bright green), Lemon Lime (translucent light green), Jalepeno (opaque dark green), Margarita (translucent light green with dark green spots), Watermelon (translucent dark green and red), and every other Jelly Belly (not green at all).
Ease Of Preparation
These are jelly beans, not buying an apple orchard on credit these days; 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! We live in the land of plenty, eat jelly beans freely!
While Red Apple had a little bit of tartness to it that embodied some varieties of red apples, Green Apple is an entirely sweet apple flavor. There is no bite, no kick, it is sweet and apple flavored, bite after bite. But the real amazing thing is after one eats the bean. I've had several handfuls of the Green Apple Jelly Bellys and they never fail to surprise me. The reason is simple: when one stops eating Green Apple Jelly Bellys, about a minute later, at the back of the throat comes the taste and (amazingly) scent of a green, Granny Smith apple. It is amazing.
I've honestly never had anything like it, but moments after swallowing there comes the memory of green apples and it is extraordinary! Green Apple is not one of the flavors that fades, so they may be eaten handful after handful and enjoyed without the taste waning! Were it not for the overly subtle initial flavor of Green Apple, these might well be another perfect Jelly Belly!
Again, these are jelly beans, so anyone looking to them for nutrition needs to understand they don't even have any of the nutritional properties that actual Green Apples would have. 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 . . .). 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, after all you don't have to wash pesticides off the Jelly Belly's!). I've never had Green Apple Jelly Bellys stain anything.
Green Apple Jelly Belly jelly beans are a wonderful, if subtle, flavor from Jelly Belly. They are certainly worthy of stocking up on and there is no better way than this!
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