Saturday, December 23, 2017

Utterly Generic: Jelly Belly Strawberry Iced Krispy Kreme Jelly Beans Flop!

The Good: Nothing bad in them
The Bad: Utterly generic flavor, Lack of sophisticated flavoring
The Basics: Strawberry Iced Jelly Bellys are a disappointing jelly bean that does not taste like much save sugar.

When Jelly Belly comes out with a new jelly bean flavor, I give it a try. Jelly Belly has earned my loyalty as a jelly bean enthusiast and I give all of their beans a fair shake. Despite my loyalty to the brand, they do not always hit with a flavor when they try ambitious new beans. The Strawberry Iced Krispy Kreme Doughnuts flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans are one such flop of a 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 the Mint Mint Chocolate Chip, The Snapple Assortment, Krispy Kreme Chocolate Sprinkle Doughnut or their signature flavor Buttered Popcorn.

Who needs up to ten pounds of Strawberry Iced flavored Jelly Bellys? Given the lack of inherent flavor and quality to these beans, even buying them in bulk seems like a bad idea to me. For those who ignore my evaluation of them, the ten pound case of Strawberry Iced Jelly Belly jelly beans is the most economically and environmentally responsible package.


Strawberry Iced is a flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans from the Krispy Kreme Assortment of Jelly Bellys! Jelly Belly Strawberry Iced 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 Strawberry Iced doughnuts and they completely fail to replicate anything that flavorful.

Strawberry Iced flavored Jelly Bellys are available in a wide array of quantities, but they are least expensive by the ten pound box. Strawberry Iced flavored Jelly Bellys are easy to recognize. The Strawberry Iced Jelly Belly jelly beans are a pearlescent bright pink jelly bean without any additional marks or coloring, save the "Jelly Belly" name painted on each bean.

Ease Of Preparation

These are jelly beans, not making a flavorful icing on one's own! 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.


The Strawberry Iced Jelly Bellys have almost no aroma to them. These beans are inscrutable on the scent front; they do not hint at any real flavor at all.

Sadly, the lack of an aroma foreshadows well the taste of the Strawberry Iced Jelly Belly jelly beans. There is a vague, almost fruity flavor in these jelly beans right before the overly sugary flavor hits. The Strawberry Iced Jelly Belly jelly beans taste like the remnants of a strawberry frosting. The flavor is sugary, but even the hint of fruit does not endure for much more than a few seconds.

The Jelly Belly Strawberry Iced jelly beans have a faint sweet aftertaste that does not endure very long in the mouth after the last of these beans are consumed. Like the primary flavor, the aftertaste is more generically sugary than it is at all distinct or flavorful.


These are jelly beans, so one has to recall that they are based on something that is not at all nutritious. The Jelly Belly Strawberry Iced jelly beans are not a legitimate source of nutrition. These are a dessert and are in no way an adequate substitute for a real meal. A serving is listed at twenty-seven beans, with each Jelly Belly jelly bean having approximately four calories. This means that in a single serving, there are 110 calories.

Jelly Belly Strawberry Iced 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 Strawberry Iced 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 almost two years and I have yet to run across a stale Jelly Belly and Strawberry Iced are 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; the package I picked up last week had an April 6, 2019 expiration date.

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 a doughnut). I've never had Strawberry Iced Jelly Bellys stain anything.


Strawberry Iced Jelly Bellys are generically sweet and almost as disappointing . . . as a Krispy Kreme doughnut!

For other Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor reviews by me, please check out:
Cinnamon Apple Filled
Egg Nog
Raspberry Dips


For other Jelly Belly reviews, please be sure to visit my Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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