Sunday, October 2, 2011

Jelly Belly Berry Sport Beans Are The Best Of The Sport Bean Line, Despite The Expense!

Berry Sport Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 48 pack bulk
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The Good: Seems to have energizing qualities, Tastes good and very much like berry
The Bad: Only fifteen beans in a pack, Environmentally irresponsible packaging.
The Basics: Jelly Belly Berry Sport Beans taste surprisingly good, but are very expensive for the benefits of the energizing jelly beans.

I just got a new dog. My wife and I took in Myah, an almost four year-old siberian husky that has been draining me. Yesterday, for example, I walked Myah for four hours, which leads me to needing energy. So, when I went through my current stock of Jelly Belly jelly beans, I was excited to find I still had some of the Sport Beans available. I've had limited enjoyment of the Sport Beans, mostly because the jelly beans are less flavorful than most of the Jelly Belly jelly beans. But with the Berry flavor, I found a flavor I could enthusiastically recommend and enjoy, despite the fact that I am not one who traditionally enjoys things like energy drinks.

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 Plum, Candy Corn, the Sunkist Citrus Assortment, or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.


Berry 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.

Berry 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.

Berry flavored Sport Bean Jelly Bellys are remarkably easy to recognize and distinguish from other Jelly Bellys as well. They are a fairly opaque dark purple color without any markings and are larger than other Jelly Bellys. While there are other purple or pink Sport Beans, these are the darkest purple bean, easily standing apart from the Fruit Punch beans.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not walking a siberian husky through fields, train tracks and canal beds without rest on a five foot leash! 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.


One of the surprising aspects of the Berry Sport Beans is that they have no significant aroma. This left me with no impression of what they might taste like before I popped one in my mouth, which is an occasionally alarming way to consume a candy.

Placed on the tongue, the coating of the Berry Sport Bean is waxier than most Jelly Bellys, but the moment the shell was broken (or in the case of one of the beans I tried subsequently, melted), the Sport Bean exploded with a fruity flavor that was appropriately defined as "berry." One moment, the flavor was closer to a blueberry, the next more like a raspberry, but the flavor was always consistently in the berry family when it was tasting like fruit. Like most of the Sport Beans, there is a dry and almost salty flavor to the Berry Sport Bean, though with this bean it is closer to dry than salty, so the fruit flavor remains dominant the whole time.

This is one of the better Sport Beans because it does not dry the mouth out as much many of the others. The result is a bean that does actually seem to reenergize the consumer.


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 citric acid, 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 Berry Jelly Belly Sport Beans stain anything.


Berry Sport Bean Jelly Bellys taste very good and they reenergized me after my long walks with Myah. These work, as well as taste good. I'm still not wild about the fact that Jelly Belly does not have a decent bulk package for the Sport Beans and I'd like a more affordable, more environmentally responsible method of getting the Berry Sport Beans than the fifteen-piece pack.

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Mint Jelly Bean Dips
Lemon Lime Sport Beans
Cocktail Classics Assortment


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