Saturday, September 17, 2011

Arguably The Best Jelly Belly Sport Bean: Lemon Lime Sport Beans Are Actually Good.

Lemon Lime Sport Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 48 pack bulk
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The Good: Seems to have energizing qualities, Tastes good
The Bad: Only fifteen beans in a pack, Environmentally irresponsible packaging.
The Basics: One I can actually recommend, Jelly Belly Lemon Lime Sport Beans taste surprisingly good and seem to actually energize like they claim.

As I await a box of new flavors of Jelly Bellys, I had run out of Jelly Belly jelly beans to review. Mentioning this during a day when my wife and I were doing computer work, she presented me with a stash of Sport Beans from Jelly Belly that she had been holding onto. Previously, I had only had the Orange Sport Beans (reviewed here!) and they had not left me at all impressed. So, when she gave me a bag of Lemon Lime Jelly Belly Sport Beans it was pretty clear to me that she was just trying to help me with my reviews. Fortunately, the Lemon Lime Jelly Belly Sport Beans are actually pretty tasty, so this was a decent surprise gift!

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 Sunkist Citrus Assortment, Candy Corn, Bubble Gum, or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.


Lemon Lime is a flavor of Jelly Belly Sport Beans jelly beans. The Sport Beans jelly beans are approximately three-quarters inches long by one-half inch wide and they are roughly bean-shaped. These are bigger than the usual Jelly Belly jelly beans.

Lemon Lime flavored Jelly Belly's are available only in 1 oz. plastic packages which are terrible for the environment. The packages contain fifteen beans and they appear to be very consistent pack to pack.

Lemon Lime flavored Sport Bean Jelly Bellys are remarkably easy to recognize and distinguish from other Jelly Bellys as well. They are a translucent yellow color without any markings and are larger than other Jelly Bellys. They are the only yellow colored Sport Beans.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not running a marathon in high heels! Preparing them is as easy as opening the packet, and popping the beans into your mouth. In the case of the envelope, which is resealable, the jelly beans may be consumed all at once or over several days with no adverse effects to the freshness. It is highly recommended by the packaging and this reviewer that one consume these with water.


Lemon Lime is a surprisingly good Jelly Belly in terms of taste. This Sport Bean does not seem to have an aroma, so there is no preparation for the consumer as to how it will taste.

Lemon Lime Sport Bean jelly beans tastes like lemon. The lemon taste is strong and when the lime taste kicks in it is more in the aftertaste. The flavor is sour and sweet and embodies both fruit flavors astonishingly well. Like other Sport Beans, the Lemon Lime has a slightly salty aftertaste that cuts the Lemon Lime Sport Beans well. The flavor is true to both fruits, which is a nice contrast with the vaguely citrus and more salty Orange beans.


Again, these are jelly beans, but they are intended to be an energy snack supplement and this is all that saves them from the bowels advising readers avoid them in my book. Sport Beans are actually a legitimate source of nutrition. These are an energy supplement, so they are loaded with calories (100 in the 15 beans) and nutrients like potassium and sodium, which are lost during heavy exercise. A serving is listed as 1 oz. (15 beans), which means that in a single serving, there are 100 calories.

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 do, however, have beeswax and for some Vegans that is unacceptable, so know your Vegan. The main ingredients are evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup and lemon juice from lemon puree, so it's not like this is an all-natural food, but they could be far, far worse.


Sport Bean jelly beans have a shelf life of over one year and because they come in an individual sealed package, they retain their freshness. 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 you don't have to hand-squeeze these beans). I've never had Lemon Lime Jelly Belly Sport Beans stain anything.


Lemon Lime Sport Bean Jelly Bellys taste surprisingly good and they seem to do what they claim to. So, if you're into sports and want to avoid sports drinks in favor of jelly beans and water, this is a good way to go. Actually, they were flavorful enough that I enjoyed them without the energy replenishing implications of them and were it not for the environmental impact of packaging, these would be even better.

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Cocktail Classics Assortment
Sour Assortment


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