Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spot On Flavor, The Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Belly Jelly Beans Are Wonderful!

The Good: Intriguing flavor, Nothing bad in them, Taste exactly like they are supposed to, Hold up in bulk.
The Bad: None!
The Basics: The Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Bellys taste exactly like what they are supposed to, making them a perfect bean.

As I consider the contents of the Jelly Belly Smoothie Assortment (here!) out of the context of the assortment, on their own in bulk, there have been very few surprises for me. Arguably the best surprise, though, came in the form of the Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans. This is a perfect Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor.

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 Birthday Cake Remix, the superlative, limited edition Candy Cane, Our Strawberry Blonde or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs up to ten pounds of Strawberry Banana Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys? Anyone who loves their smoothies, but having to mix up their own fruit combinations, will love the sweet freedom of Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans in bulk. Anyone who might like Strawberry Banana 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 still only have this flavor in the Assortment.


Strawberry Banana 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.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but they are most economical in the ten pound package. The ten pound package, if one can find it, is the most affordable way to get them with the least amount of waste.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie flavored Jelly Bellys are a little harder to recognize, especially within the Smoothie Assortment. The Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly beans are a bright orange color with little red spots. Outside the spots, it is virtually indistinguishable from the Mandarin Orange Mango beans in the assortment.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not separating fruit after they have been blended together, 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.


The Strawberry Banana Smoothie has almost no aroma, which is why it is almost astonishing that it has so much flavor to it. The scent is actually most analogous to that of vanilla, which prepared me for a Jelly Belly jelly bean that would be very mild.

The shell is very fruity and tastes like a slightly muted form of strawberry. While it would be easy to say that Jelly Belly just cut out the tart taste of strawberries for this flavor, they muted it and did not replace it with additional sweetness. The result, then, is a distinctly strawberry flavor that tastes like strawberry juice, fluid and flavorful.

The Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Belly jelly reach their full potential with the dry, distinct taste of banana. The sweet becomes dry and the taste is pure and true. Moreover, the two distinctly different tastes are embodied in each and every bean, making it a wonderful and true flavor experience.


Again, these are jelly beans, not the healthy fruit beverage upon which it is based! 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 denature. 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 Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Bellys stain anything.


Strawberry Banana Smoothie Jelly Bellys are absolutely delightful and true to the flavor they promise, making one of the surprise best beans!

For other Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor reviews by me, please check out:
Snapple Assortment
Chocolate Devotion Cold Stone Ice Cream Sundae
Mandarin Orange Mango Smoothie


For other Jelly Belly jelly bean 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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