Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Very Subtle Flavor, Pineapple Pear Smoothie Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Actually Hold Up!

Pineapple Pear Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Intriguing flavor, Nothing bad in them, Flavor endures in bulk.
The Bad: Not the strongest flavor
The Basics: Pineapple Pear Smoothie Jelly Bellys are a lighter jelly bean with a tang and distinct aftertaste that hold up, bean after bean!

With my latest package of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans arriving, it is a very exciting time for me. I've been enthusiastic about quite some time about Jelly Belly jelly beans and developing a relationship with the company has been an intriguing process . . . and a rewarding one. In the next few days when I review some amazing new flavors, like Candy Cane and Chocolate Devotion, readers will discover just how much I have come to enjoy some of the eccentricities of the company's best flavors. While I have reviewed the Smoothie Assortment (here!) and the Mixed Berry Smoothie (reviewed here!), I figured the most respectful thing I could do when the company sent me more Smoothie Assortment Jelly Bellys, I could review each flavor individually. Tonight, I thought I'd try another take on Pineapple Pear Smoothie!

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 the Orange Jelly Bean Dips, Berry Sport Beans, the Snapple Assortment or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs up to ten pounds of Pineapple Pear Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys? Anyone who loves their smoothies, but doesn't have a blender, will love Pineapple Pear Smoothie. Anyone who might like Pineapple Pear Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans will likely find that buying by the ten pound box is a good way to get it, though at this point most places only have this flavor in the Assortment.


Pineapple Pear Smoothie is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the Smoothie line of Jelly Bellys which is supposed to be a smoother bean. 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 fruity and they do.

Pineapple Pear Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but they are frequently sold by the pound. The ten pound package, if one can find it, is the most affordable way to get them.

Pineapple Pear Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are easy to recognize. The Pineapple Pear Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans are very bright yellow-green. They look unlike any Jelly Belly, within the Smoothie Assortment or any of the other Jelly Belly assortments. This is one of the more distinctive appearing flavors of Jelly Bellys.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not blending your own fruit smoothie, preparing them is as easy as opening the bag and popping one (or a handful) into your mouth. In the case of the ten pound box, one needs only to open the box and remove them from the bag inside. The optimal eating experience would come from eating these from a separate container . . . not a blender!


Pineapple Pear Smoothie is a good Jelly Belly jelly bean. These beans have a surprisingly strong bouquet. The scent is strongly of pineapple and there is a milky underscent to it, making it distinct in its aroma from the regular pineapple or pina colada flavored Jelly Bellys.

Pineapple Pear is one of the more imaginative flavors Jelly Belly has concocted. Tasting almost immediately like straight out pineapples, the Pineapple Pear Smoothie embodies pear and the milk flavor only after the bean lingers on the tongue. Rather astonishingly, the flavors of milk and pear compliment one another and while both are subtle flavors, neither one overwhelms the other. In fact, the tang of the pineapple blends into the more subtle pear and milk flavor quite well. Jelly Belly gets the three flavors very true, making this an incredible flavor, especially considering the flavor endures over many beans.


Again, these are jelly beans, so one has to recall that they are based on something that is not exactly nutritiously rich. They 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! Outside the bee's wax, they are pretty universally Vegan compliant because they do not have any actual milk in them. They have only one percent of the daily sodium with 20 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, it's just polite to the beans that way!). I've never had Pineapple Pear Smoothie Jelly Bellys stain anything.


Pineapple Pear Smoothie Jelly Bellys are strong and easy to recommend bullking up on because they have the same citrus and milk flavor bean after bean after bean. For a flavor designed to taste like a lighter beverage, this is an extraordinary likeness, even if the flavor comes mostly through the aftertaste.

For other Jelly Belly flavors reviewed by me, please check out:
Candy Corn (limited edition!)
Very Cherry Jelly Bean Dips
Fruit Punch Sport Beans


For other food and drink reviews, including a ton more Jelly Belly reviews, please be sure to visit my index page for a complete listing by clicking here!

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

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