Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart; the more you eat the more you…
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There’s no arguing that Jelly Bellys are the best kind of bean. Founded in 1898 in Illinois, the Jelly Belly jelly bean is a tasty, colorful, and super fun confectionary item–and because it’s a “bean”, it’s technically healthy and part of a balanced lifestyle, right? Right.
Everybody loves Jelly Bellys. Personally, I've always been a huge fan of the Jelly Belly and its wildly creative flavors. How do they get so much taste into one little bean? This will remain a mystery to you and me for the rest of our lives. However, there are Jelly Bellys that we're not meant to like. Did you know that they made flavors so bad that there's a warning label on every box? Well, if you haven't already met, I’d like to introduce you to BeanBoozled beans by Jelly Belly.
Ever tasted boogers before? Would you like to? Well, you're in luck. In 2011, BeanBoozled Jelly Bellys were announced, featuring 8 colors and 16 flavors–8 delicious ones and 8 disgusting ones disguised as delicious ones. I'm not kidding. There are Peach and Barf, Tutti-Frutti and Stinky Socks, Lime and Lawn Clippings, and the list goes on. The game is simple—you pick a color and grab a bean. You have a 50/50 chance of picking a gross one, but there’s no way to tell until you try one! Don’t knock ‘em until you’ve tried ‘em, I guess?
Good luck, and let me know how it goes! Today, I'm putting the BeanBoozled box aside and discussing my top 10 and bottom 10 Jelly Belly flavors. Did your favorite make the list?
20 Juicy Pear – Top 10
Change my mind: Juicy Pear is the absolute best Jelly Belly flavor of all time. Unfortunately, you can’t. Juicy Pear has always and will always be my favorite Jelly Belly flavor. Nothing can compare to it. When I was younger, I used to buy Juicy Pear Jelly Bellys by the bag. The taste is so strong and spot-on; it’s juicy and oh so delicious. It’s truly one of the best candy iterations of pear. Jelly Belly authentically captured the tart, sweet flavor of the fruit while sparing you the juice running down your chin. If you haven’t tried Juicy Pear Jelly Bellys before, grow a pear, and try some today!
19 Chocolate Pudding – Bottom 10
Chocolate Pudding is my favorite pudding. So, when I first tried this flavor, I expected to immediately taste the chocolatey goodness that comes out of those plastic Jell-O cups (you know, the ones you put in kids’ lunch boxes). But I didn't. It just wasn’t the same. And I was very disappointed. But I’m okay now. I promise. I guess there’s just no better chocolate than real chocolate, but still, I truly believe this Jelly Belly could've been more chocolatey and more puddingy. I’m sorry—it’s just that when it comes to chocolate, I have very high standards.
18 Watermelon – Top 10
Next up, Watermelon. This two-colored-magical-candy creation is green on the outside, and pink on the inside. Just like—you guessed it—a watermelon. And not only does it look like a watermelon; it also smells and tastes like one. In a nutshell, it’s a warm sunny day captured in a tiny little jelly bean. It’s super refreshing and irrefutably sweet. It’s no surprise that this classic Watermelon jelly bean flavor is the fourth-most-popular Jelly Belly in America. But in my opinion, it’s the second-best Jelly Belly flavor (and that must count for something!). Go, Watermelon!
17 Buttered Popcorn – Bottom 10
Widely regarded as the worst Jelly Belly flavor (and I can’t disagree with that one), Buttered Popcorn sticks out to me like a sore thumb. You know... like when you’re there, minding your own business, eating some Jelly Bellys, when BAM! a Buttered Popcorn mixes in with your beans and ruins it for everyone? The flavor just doesn’t belong.
Okay, okay, okay... I guess some people actually like it (and I do like buttered popcorn in real life). In fact, it was named the official favorite Jelly Belly flavor from 1998 through 2003. But on my list, it wasn’t!
16 Berry Blue – Top 10
Berry Blue may be the third-best bean in my books, but for Ronald Reagan, he voted them number 1. The Berry Blue Jelly Belly is a blueberry jelly bean that was created for Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981–where over three tons of Jelly Belly beans were consumed. Ronald loved Jelly Bellys so much, he kept them in the White House throughout his entire Presidency. He’s also the reason why they were the first jelly beans in outer space after he had sent them on the 1983 Challenger mission as a sweet surprise for the astronauts. Now that’s out of this world!
15 Bubble Gum – Bottom 10
Isn’t it SO weird to swallow something that’s bubblegum flavored? It just isn’t right. The Bubble Gum Jelly Bellys always throw me off my game. They’re pink, and they taste like bubblegum, but you can’t chew them for long or blow bubbles with them, so really, they’re just another variation of pastel-colored disappointment beans. It’s extreme, but it’s true. If you want something that's pink, made of sugar, and tastes like bubblegum, why wouldn’t you just grab a stick of bubble gum? Am I right? I’ve definitely outgrown this flavor, and I absolutely believe you should, too.
14 Peach – Top 10
Everything’s peachy about my fourth-favorite Jelly Belly: Peach! These bright little beans do a great job of imitating the juiciness of a real peach. They have a huge burst of flavor and adorable spots all over them–seriously, they’re irresistible. Better yet, they don’t have a pit! You can totally tell that they’re made with real peach puree, too, giving them that wonderful citrus taste. What's not to love about these guys? You can even try eating Peach Jelly Bellys in combination with other summer flavors (like Pear, or Green Apple, etc.) and make a fruit salad! Yummy yummy.
13 Toasted Marshmallow – Bottom 10
Why does something that sounds so good have to taste so... not good? Maybe it’s because the best parts about real toasted marshmallows are that they’re warm, gooey, golden-brown and usually squished between two graham crackers and chocolate. What’s not to like? But the Toasted Marshmallow Jelly Belly is just trying to be something it’s not. It’s not warm, it’s not gooey, it’s not golden-brown, and it’s definitely not squished between two graham crackers and chocolate. So, what’s left, you ask? Practically nothing. You’re better off eating a raw, cold, sad marshmallow. I’ll take the campfire over this Jelly Belly any day!
12 Very Cherry – Top 10
Did somebody say "cherry"? "Very Cherry"? Oh right, that was me. Next up on my Top 10 Jelly Belly flavors list is Very Cherry, and I’m verrrrrry excited about it. Jelly Belly claims that Very Cherry has been their most popular flavor since 2003, and I can totally taste what all the hype is all about. It’s got that tangy, coat-your-mouth flavor that resembles a red popsicle on a hot summer day. Perfection. Finding a Very Cherry in a bowl of assorted Jelly Bellys is like finding a cherry in your fruit cup–the absolute sweetest surprise.
11 Licorice – Bottom 10
Okay, I seriously can never and will never understand the whole "thing" with black licorice. What’s up with it? Do people actually like it? Why does it taste like fennel? Do people actually like fennel? No offense to black licorice and fennel lovers—I still love you. And yes, you can eat my Licorice Jelly Bellys. Boy, does this flavor have some loyal fans, though... It was one of the original Jelly Belly jelly beans back in the 1970s and the favorite for many years. Even still, I’m going to pass on these beans for the time being. Actually, for all time. They’re all yours!
10 Lemon – Top 10
When life throws you lemons, you make Jelly Bellys! I truly believe these tiny yellow beans were made to brighten our every day. An original and longtime favorite of many, the Lemon Jelly Belly carries a blast of tart citrus in every bite. So pucker up and grab a handful of these sour little guys at your next trip to the candy store. I couldn’t leave them out of my Top 10 list if I tried. They’re one of the original Jelly Belly beans and are now a staple for many. Flavors like this one make writing this list easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
9 Sizzling Cinnamon – Bottom 10
Similar to Liquorice, this flavor is spicy, tingly, cinnamony, and absolutely doesn't belong in a bowl of Jelly Bellys. What did the sweet, fruity beans do to deserve being eaten among these fiery, mean beans? If you haven’t already gathered, the Sizzling Cinnamon Jelly Belly isn’t in my good books. Or any of my books for that matter. Tell me, is there anything worse than thinking you’re biting into a Very Cherry or Red Apple Jelly Belly, and then getting blasted with cinnamon when you’re least expecting it? It’s just cruel and ruins the entire Jelly Belly experience. Boycott Sizzling Cinnamon with me?
8 Mango – Top 10
Has anyone gone through the pain of correctly slicing up a mango? Nobody? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, mangos are delicious and one of my favorite tropical fruits, but are they worth the messy effort? Or does everyone else also spend over $5 at the grocery store buying them pre-sliced? Well, Jelly Belly came to the rescue when they introduced this stubborn fruit in bean form. With a mango’s subtle sweetness and big flavor, it’s one not often shared by friends. Or by me. Seriously, I don't share my Mango Jelly Bellys. They’re on this list for a reason.
7 Cotton Candy – Bottom 10
When you take the fluffiness out of cotton candy, what are you left with? A Cotton Candy Jelly Belly. While the taste isn’t too bad, it lacks everything it needs to be considered cotton candy. It does seem to bring out the little kid in me, which I don’t know is necessarily a good thing (because the little kid in me will eat the whole bag of Jelly Bellys without a question). After a few of these beans, though, the nostalgia wears off, and all you’re left with is a pink-flavored candy that you wouldn’t be able to identify from another pink-flavored candy if you tried.
6 Tutti-Frutti – Top 10
What exactly is a Tutti-Frutti? Is it a fruit? Is it a punch? A sherbert? A bubblegum? It’s hard to put into words what it even tastes like. But whatever it is, I love it. It’s also hands down my favorite-looking Jelly Belly, which is why out of over 100+ flavors (with the majority of them being fruit), this randomly named, speckled bean made it to my Top 10 List. Which is a pretty huge deal if you ask me. But I believe this Tutti-Frutti Jelly Belly needs to finally get the recognition it deserves. Tutti-Frutti lovers, unite!
5 Top Banana – Bottom 10
Okay, I give the Top Banana Jelly Belly props for actually including brown spots on these yellow beans, as everyone loves a bruised banana! Although I usually enjoy banana-flavored things, these Jelly Bellys just don’t do it for me. Maybe it’s the fact that there’s no peel to protect my hand while I eat them, maybe it’s because they aren’t loaded with potassium, or maybe it’s just because all the other Jelly Belly flavors are so good, it’s so hard to love them all! Whatever the reason may be, instead of eating the Top Banana Jelly Bellys, I’ll split.
4 Green Apple – Top 10
There’s nothing quite like the crunch of biting into a ripe green apple. Which is almost as good as biting into a fresh Green Apple Jelly Belly. Almost. This flavor is a favorite among kids and has a sweet yet sour kick–nice for those looking for a tart treat (and who don't have time to bake a pie). Green Apple is another flavor that'll make you pucker your lips and keep you coming back for more. And more. Seriously, people (including myself) can’t get enough of ‘em. They’re one of the first flavors to go in the bowl. So, you have to grab ‘em before they’re gone!
3 Pancakes & Maple Syrup – Bottom 10
Hold up here. I've always referred to pancakes as “the junk food hiding on the breakfast table.” But what we have here is breakfast food hiding in a junk food bag? My brain hurts. Mainly because I can’t believe people actually enjoy breakfast-flavored beans. No hard feelings, pancake lovers; I come in peace. I’m not a crazy fan of maple syrup, to begin with (I know, sue me), especially not in my candy jar, though I definitely prefer the mess-less Jelly Belly version to the sticky real deal. Either way, they won’t be making it onto my breakfast table anytime soon.
2 Pina Colada – Top 10
I like Pina Coladas. And getting caught in the rain. And eating Jelly Bellys. But most of all, I like eating Pina Colada Jelly Bellys and staying indoors. Pure paradise. Eating one is like taking a mini vacation, an escape to a sunny beach, sand in your toes and everything. If you like the delicious coconut-and-pineapple-flavored Pina Colada frozen drink, then you’re definitely a human being, and you’ll 100% like the Pina Colada Jelly Belly. That's a fact. Trust me, this tropical jelly bean is a hidden gem in a world full of different flavors. See you on the beach!
1 Cappuccino – Bottom 10
There's only one instance where I'll say “no” to a cup of joe, and that’s when it comes to Jelly Bellys. The Cappuccino Jelly Belly is coffee-flavored, bitter, and doesn't jive well with the other beans. Even though coffee is technically made from a bean, this jelly bean is nothing against the real thing. There’s no caffeine in the Jelly Belly, and it’s not warm; nor is it creamy—three things that cappuccinos are actually really good at. I’ll take one of those, please—hold the jelly beans.