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The earliest known reference to jelly beans is from Boston confectioner William Schraft in 1861, though they are thought to have evolved from the popular confection Turkish Delight.
The became a popular treat in the early 20th century, and their fame grew when president Ronald Reagan declared them his favorite treat.

Jelly bean - Wikipedia

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Jelly beans are small bean-shaped sugar candies with soft candy shells and thick gel interiors. The confection comes in a wide variety of colors and flavors, and is primarily made of sugar. Contents...

The History of Jelly Beans - Candy Favorites

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The earliest reference to jelly beans is associated with Boston candy maker William Schrafft who urged people to send his jelly beans to Union soldiers fighting ...

Origin of the Jelly Bean or, Why Are They Called Beans?

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Somehow the two processes made their way to America. The earliest known appearance of a jelly bean is a 1861 advertisement for William Schrafft of Boston  ...

Jelly Belly Fun Facts | Jelly Belly Candy Company

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The first jelly bean was created by an unknown American candy maker in the 1800s. An 1861 advertisement recommended sending jelly beans to soldiers ...

Company History | Jelly Belly Candy Company

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1869. Gustav Goelitz, 24, opens a candy business in Belleville, Illinois, and sets the family on its sweet destiny. That's him in front with his foot on the barrel. 1894.

A Bowl Full of Jelly Bean History | National Geographic | The Plate

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Mar 25, 2016 ... An army of jelly beans, marching towards your mouth. ... said to have invented a jelly-like candy flavored with rosewater and dusted with ...

Twenty Fun Facts about Jelly Beans - Fill Your Plate Blog

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Apr 5, 2011 ... Jelly Belly created a new flavor, Blueberry, specifically for the inauguration. ... Jelly Belly jelly beans became the first jelly beans in space when ...

National Jelly Bean Day - Jelly Bean History - Delish.com

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Apr 19, 2012 ... The earliest reference to this jelly-bean ancestor is from the 1800s, when a Boston candy maker named William Schrafft advertised his jelly ...

What's the History of Jelly Beans? - Food Reference - About.com

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Jelly beans have been a favorite candy for over a century, but have their roots in ... even created a special blueberry flavor jelly bean for President Reagan.