Friday, December 2, 2011
A Mixed Bag Of Flavor Ends My Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Reviews (For Now): Apple Pie A La Mode!
Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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The Good: Wonderful flavors, Nothing bad in them
The Bad: Exceptionally erratic flavor balance.
The Basics: Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Bellys are good, but their flavor is too unpredictable to be considered a real winning flavor from Jelly Belly!
While there remain three flavors and one assortment of Jelly Belly jelly beans I have not yet reviewed, I will not be able to review them until my wife gifts me them for the upcoming holiday. So, unless there are new Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors hitting the market that I will be sent directly from the fine folks at Jelly Belly, this might well be my last Jelly Belly review until the end of the month. Unfortunately, we end on a bit of a downbeat with Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Belly jelly beans. This is a bean with an ambitious flavor design and an unfortunately problematic execution.
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 Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Seasonally Available Candy Cane, Beanboozled Assortment or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.
Who needs up to ten pounds of Apple Pie A La Mode flavored Jelly Bellys? Anyone who wants all of the joy of pie and ice cream without having to bake! Anyone who might like Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Belly jelly beans will likely find that buying by the ten pound case is the most economically and environmentally responsible.
Apple Pie A La Mode is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the Coldstone Ice Cream Assortment of Jelly Bellys which is reviewed here! 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 like Apple Pie A La Mode ice cream sundaes and they manage to replicate that flavor well, though very erratically.
Apple Pie A La Mode flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but they are least expensive by the ten pound box, which Jelly Belly finally sells them in outside the Coldstone Ice Cream Assortment. Apple Pie A La Mode flavored Jelly Bellys are easy to recognize. The Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Belly jelly beans are a white Jelly bean mottled with brown spots and streaks. They are distinctive within the Cold Stone Assortment, but they can be mistaken for the Caramel Corn Jelly Bellys, especially in low light.
Ease Of Preparation
These are jelly beans, not keeping baking pies, making ice cream and then combining them flawlessly! Preparing them is as easy as opening the bag in the box and popping one (or a handful) into your mouth. In the case of the ten pound box, one might want to put them in a candy dish of some form as opposed to risking spilling them each time one goes into the bag. Then again, these are easier to eat with your hands than either pie or ice cream, so why not eat them right out of the box?!
The Apple Pie A La Jelly Bellys have no smell to them. This made me very uneasy as they are supposed to have the flavors of French vanilla ice cream, cinnamon, graham cracker pie crust, apple pie filling and caramel. Cinnamon and apple pie filling, especially, are very aromatic foods, so the lack of those scents did not bode well.
Sadly, these Jelly Bellys live up only in part. Each bean has a very different flavor balance, so while one might taste just like apple pie, the next might taste like graham crackers. Ironically, the least prevalent flavor in these beans is the vanilla ice cream flavor. Every bite of these beans is a recognizable mix of cinnamon, graham cracker, apple pie flavor (the mix of apple and cinnamon that is distinct erupts into the nose when these beans are being chewed!), and caramel. The proportions of these flavors changes with each and every bean, but the beans are packed with flavor, which prevents this bean from being a total wash!
Again, these are jelly beans, so one has to recall that they are based on something that is not exactly nutritious. 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 to most Vegans because they contain no gelatin. Vegans who might take issue with these as being Vegan-compliant are the ones who have an issue with the use of bee's wax in the coating, so know your Vegan before buying! The Apple Pie A La Mode beans 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 and Apple Pie A La Mode is no exception. They remain freshest when they are kept in an airtight container (the bag in the box 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, just as you would before eating pie!). I've never had Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Bellys stain anything.
Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Bellys are good jelly beans, but they try to pack too many different flavors into a single bean. The result is an inconsistent flavor that dramatically differs bite by bite. In other words, these are not bad, but they are not all they should have been.
For other Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor reviews by me, please check out:
Our Strawberry Blonde
Cherry Passion Fruit Smoothie
Mint Mint Chocolate Chip
For other Jelly Belly reviews, please be sure to visit my index page for a complete listing by clicking here!
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Apple Pie A La Mode Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 10 lbs bulk
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