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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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Place of origin, United States. Creator, William Schrafft. Main ingredients, Sugar, corn syrup, starch · Cookbook: Jelly bean · Media: Jelly bean. Jelly beans are small bean-shaped sug...

The History of Jelly Beans - Candy Favorites

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by Jon Prince. Easter and year round, jelly beans are a classic American candy. The origin of the jelly bean is a bit of a mystery. Those in the know believe that ...

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 ...

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. ... The origin of Turkish Delight is a mystery, though a common story attributes it to Bekir ...

Twenty Fun Facts about Jelly Beans - Fill Your Plate Blog

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Apr 5, 2011 ... Jordan Almonds, which are the other possible origin of the modern day jelly bean are also made this way and were made popular in the 1600's ...

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 ...

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

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Apr 19, 2012 ... Their origin is a mystery. According to the Candy Favorites website, the original jelly bean is thought to have been a combination of the first jelly ...

Jellybean | Define Jellybean at Dictionary.com

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Jellybean definition, a small, bean-shaped, usually brightly colored candy with a hard sugar coating and a firm gelatinous filling. See more. ... Origin of jellybean