Think all candy corn tastes the same? To be blunt, you're wrong. While all candy corn may be throat-searingly sweet (a positive or negative quality depending on who you ask) the variations in its flavor, texture, and appearance became abundantly clear after a blind tasting of three brands' takes on the seasonal treat. Curious as to whether Walgreens, Brach's, or Jelly Belly reigns supreme in the great candy corn taste-off? Keep reading to see how they're ranked, from worst to best.
- A very good reason for not eating Chinese tilapia.
- A very good reason for not eating Chinese tilapia. — Grub Street NY
- Must make: Eric Ripert's crab-stuffed zucchini flowers. — Food Republic
- Guy Fieri was the inspiration for a character in Bridesmaids. — Eater
- Forget branding: the USDA wants all American cows to be marked with numerical IDs. — Wall Street Journal
- Denmark has banned Marmite from the country. — Guardian
- Reviewing Duck Lunch, David Chang's new lunch concept. — Serious Eats
- Michelle Obama learns to pull a pint. — Bites on Today
- Jelly Belly has released a set of exotic-flavored, gold leaf-coated beans, yours for only $500. — Huffington Post Food
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The humble jelly bean's moment to shine is Easter. It's a staple in pastel-colored baskets across the nation! We're huge fans of Jelly Belly not only for their wide variety of flavors, but also for their delicious and authentic taste. In the words of Veruca Salt, "The strawberry tastes like real strawberries!" The brand has 50 iconic flavors from caramel corn to strawberry cheesecake, and each bean has a distinct color and look. How well can you identify them? Take the quiz to find out!
We're officially in the throes of Spring and have nothing but warmer weather to look forward to in the weeks ahead. Oh, that and a little April Fools' Day, Earth Day, and Easter fun! Add in a royal wedding, and there's lots to get excited about in the next 30 days. To check out what we can't stop coveting, keep reading.
It wouldn't be Easter this weekend without jelly beans, and jelly beans wouldn't be the prized candy they are today without Jelly Belly, the world's most famous candy bean. The candy producer is known for its natural flavorings and its countless varieties of extreme flavors, including buttered popcorn and chili mango. Since each flavor has a distinctive appearance, it can be really fun to try to decipher flavors based on a Jelly Belly's outward appearance. Want to give it a try? Take a stab at it with this quiz.
America's favorite jelly bean company, Jelly Belly, announced its newest flavor this morning. Fans voted the acai berry, a trendy energy fruit, as the latest addition to the 50 official, ever-changing flavors. The public was invited to submit ideas for new flavors in the Dream Bean Contest and five finalists — honey, sublime chili lime, Thai iced tea, mojito, and acai — were chosen. According to Rob Swaigen, marking director for the company, the decision was an easy one:
We received thousands of submissions for acai berry flavor — it's
clearly on many people's radar. The voting for the finalist flavors was
overwhelming in favor of acai. Honey came in a strong second place.
I'm curious to try the new jelly bean and wonder how close it will taste to the actual berry. Have you tried acai? Are you interested in tasting the new jelly bean?
George Clooney's always seemed like a sweetie to me. Maybe that's why it doesn't surprise me that the folks at Jelly Belly have created his likeness using over 10,000 jelly beans. — People
Who else remembers using Dr. Pepper lip balm? It's still around (a steal at just $1.60) and soon it will have much more company: The number of food-inspired beauty products is about to swell.
Lotta Luv is a company that creates cosmetics with a junk-food bent. It makes licensed lip balms inspired by foods that would make a dentist blush: Dairy Queen fudge sundaes, Pez, Twinkies, Snapple juice drinks, Twizzlers, Jelly Belly and at least another dozen sweet-tooth staples. WWD reports that a few new products are on the way. Cold Stone Creamery will have sliding-tin balms that will be sold at the ice cream shops nationwide, and a cute, vintagey Hershey's cocoa bath and body collection is in the works.
Okay, I can see the appeal of those items. But I'm scratching my head over a licensing agreement with McDonald's, with products due next year. I'm trying to figure out which McDo menu items could translate into cosmetic products. Most likely it'll be the chocolate shake and apple pie, but who knows? We could see McNugget lip balms or Filet O'Fish body polish. Personally, I don't know if I would trust Ronald to stock my beauty arsenal; that red lipstick never really did flatter him...
After I introduced you guys to the Jelly Belly Collection by Demeter Fragrance Library, the perfumer was sweet enough to send me some samples of the six scents ($20 for each 1-ounce bottle). Overall, I think Demeter did a great job on this collection, creating wacky scents that translate into surprisingly wearable perfumes.
But while I really loved three of the scents, I was just so-so on the other three, so I've split my review into halves. To read about the three I liked, click here, and to hear about the three I didn't love, read more
After I introduced you guys to the Jelly Belly Collection by Demeter Fragrance Library, the perfumer was sweet enough to send me some samples of the six scents, which I've been playing around with for a few weeks. Overall, I think Demeter did a great job on this collection. Each scent is designed to mimic a Jelly Belly flavor recipe, wherein several bean flavors are combined to make a new combination — e.g., blueberry plus buttered popcorn equals Blueberry Muffin.
Like most of the wacky fragrances Demeter is known for, the Jelly Belly fragrances translate into surprisingly wearable perfumes, even if they don't necessarily sound like they would. While I absolutely loved three of the scents — Blueberry Muffin, Mango Pineapple Salsa, and Fruit Salad ($20 for a 1-ounce bottle) — I was just so-so on the other three, so I've split my review into halves. To read part I, read more