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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.

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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 ...

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A Brief History of Jelly Beans. 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.

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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 ...

www.thespruce.com/the-history-of-jelly-beans-1328767

Feb 11, 2016 ... 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.

theplate.nationalgeographic.com/2016/03/25/a-bowl-full-of-jelly-bean-history

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 ...

www.groovycandies.com/history-of-jelly-beans-fun-facts

Jelly Bean history and fun facts It wasn't until the 1930s that jelly beans became a part of Easter traditions. The egg-like shaped jelly beans became associated ...

www.swisscolony.com/blog/sweets/jelly-beans-history-tradition

Jul 13, 2016 ... Jelly beans have been around for many years, and Jelly Belly® jelly beans are by far the most popular. Here's all you need to know about jelly ...

www.delish.com/food/news/a38925/jelly-bean-history

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 ...

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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 ...