Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Unique Flavor In The Sunkist Citrus Assortment, Sunkist Lime Is Realistic And Enjoyable!

Sunkist Lime Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Flavorful and delicious, Generally responsible bulk, Contains Vitamin C
The Bad: Not realistically sour
The Basics: A good flavor of Jelly Belly, the Sunkist Lime is infused with Vitamin C, which makes it a better value to consumers.

When I was out and about recently, I discovered a whole slew of Jelly Belly flavors which were good, but seemed oddly familiar. These were the flavors from the Sunkist Citrus assortment and when I looked into it, it became clear that Sunkist had made a deal with Jelly Belly to overhaul a few of the standard beans. They added "Sunkist" to the name and Vitamin C to the formula (along with real fruit juice of fruit puree, which did not alter any of the tastes) for nutrition. But the only Jelly Belly that was new in this assortment was Sunkist Lime. Sunkist Lime, despite its appearance, is not just a remaking of Lemon Lime (reviewed here!) and, despite being a bit more mild than I would like, it is a decent flavor of Jelly Belly jelly bean.

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 Caramel Apple, Sour Peach, Island Punch or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs one to three pounds of Sunkist Lime flavored Jelly Belly's? Anyone who likes a mild, fruity jelly bean with a generally authentic flavor of the fruits it claims to be. In the variable bulk, consumers will tend to find this to be affordable as well as delicious.


Sunkist Lime 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 Sunkist Lime and they come very close, though they are not as sour as actual limes.

Sunkist Lime flavored Jelly Belly's are available in a wide array of quantities, but most consumers are only likely to need or want a few pounds. With variable poundage (from one to three pounds), the Jelly Bellys come in a plastic bag which is generally more fragile than other methods of getting them. The Sunkist Lime flavor is a good one, though not the most incredible by any means. Even so, I suspect that for most people, a few pounds is adequate.

Sunkist Lime flavored Jelly Belly's are easily distinguishable from other flavors of Jelly Bellys by their light green color. Sunkist Lime is appropriately a mix of yellow and green, leaning a bit more toward the green end of the spectrum. It is easy to distinguish from other Jelly Bellys, though, save the Lemon Lime flavor Jelly Belly produces.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not making lime juice with only one's bear hands (and limes). 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 bag, one might want to put them in a candy dish of some form as opposed to always going into the bag, to avoid spilling. Then again, the bag can be convenient at times without risking spilling from a dish.


Sunkist Lime Jelly Belly jelly beans are decent, but not terribly (or realistically) sour. The jelly beans do not have a bouquet, so that they are packed with as little flavor as they actually is not much of a surprise. Unaided by any strong scent, Sunkist Lime Jelly Belly jelly beans are a very mild Jelly Bean.

Biting into the Sunkist Lime Jelly Belly, one is instantly hit with a kick of sharp, taste that is much like a lime coated in sugar. This actually tastes very much like lime juice and the flavor is very much lime without lemon added to it.

Unfortunately, the taste fades remarkably quickly. More than a handful of Sunkist Lime Jelly Belly jelly beans consumed at a time leaves the consumer with the vague taste of sugar in their mouth, not anything wonderful or as distinct as the initial flavor. Of course, if one can limit themselves to about half a cup of these little gems at a time, there ought to be no problem!


Again, these are jelly beans, but these are actually made with Sunkist Limes and contain Vitamin C. A serving of these beans contains 30% of one's RDA of Vitamin C! 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 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, even if this is more mild than actual limes). I've never had Sunkist Lime Jelly Belly's stain anything. That said, it's pretty wild to be able to eat something that tastes so much like lime juice and not have to clean juice off one's fingers afterward!


Sunkist Lime Jelly Bellys are good and in moderate bulk they can be a real deal, but they are not one of the outstanding flavors one is likely to want to stock up on.

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Soda Pop Shoppe Assortment
Green Apple


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