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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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It is generally thought that jelly beans first surfaced in 1861, when Boston confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send his jelly ...

The History of Jelly Beans - Candy Favorites

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This article is about various kinds of jelly beans and how they became one of the most popular candies in the world!

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

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The exact origins of the jelly bean are lost in time, and only a part of its history is known. Most experts believe the soft center is a descendant of a Mid Eastern ...

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

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Mar 25, 2016 ... No Easter basket is complete without a sprinkling of jelly beans—though, to be fair, these chewy little tidbits aren't America's top pick in ...

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.

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 candy making techniques that are thousands of years old. Learn about the ...

Twenty Fun Facts about Jelly Beans - Fill Your Plate Blog

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Apr 5, 2011 ... In preparation for National Jelly Bean Day which will be celebrated on April ... While no one really knows the origin of jelly beans, they may be a ...

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

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Apr 19, 2012 ... What do you love about jelly beans? Is it the candy-coated exterior? Or the soft, gummy inside of these bean-shaped candies? While the ...

The History Of Jelly Beans - Streetdirectory.com

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Jelly beans have some pretty interesting facts buried in their history. These are a favorite confection that have been around for quite some time, just over a ...