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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 ...

www.candyfavorites.com/shop/jelly-bean-history.php

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.

news.jellybelly.com/origin-of-the-jelly-bean-or-why-are-they-called-beans

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

Nov 2, 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.candywarehouse.com/resources/the-history-of-the-jelly-bean

Jelly beans are another historical mystery—no one is really sure when or how they were invented. We do know that it has seen many different forms. Turkish ...

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

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 ...

www.thehistorykids.net/archives/jellybeans.htm

The jelly bean was created in the 1800s and is believed to be descended from the jelly-like starch and sugar recipes of a very old Middle-Eastern candy called ...

fillyourplate.org/blog/twenty-fun-facts-about-jelly-beans

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 ...