the jelly bean

The great-great jelly bean ancestor first appeared in the 1800s, but jelly candies of one kind or another have been around for thousands of years. “Turkish delight, ” a citrus, honey and rose water jell, has been putting smiles on kids’ faces since biblical times.

When the penny candy craze came along in America during the late 1800’s, candy makers began experimenting with sugar candies. The jelly candy inspired by Turkish delight was shaped into a bean and given a soft shell using a French process called “panning”. The first jelly bean was created by an American candy maker whose name has since been lost in time.

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