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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Hundreds of years of history make the jelly bean one intriguing candy. Below is a brief timeline featuring one of America's favorite confe...

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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 ...