Today, Jack and I bring you a review of Trader Joe's Gourmet Jelly Beans. Eighteen flavors are in each bag...and the jelly beans are colored using fruits and vegetables.
Fun fact: these are made in Ireland! On the back of the bag, Trader Joe's says, "From a tiny little candy factory nestled in the Irish countryside, we present our assortment of Gourmet Jelly Beans." (My mom loved all things Irish and was very proud of our Irish heritage. I know that if she were here, she'd be buying all the bags for that reason alone.)
A 15-ounce bag costs $3.99.
A mom's (my) take: To be fair, I'm not a jelly bean fan. In my book, they're Easter basket filler. (Bring on the peanut butter eggs.) These are good, though....and pretty. I love the natural colors. Some flavors I liked more than others, but they were all quite flavorful. My favorites are lemon, lemon/lime, and tangerine...unlike typical jelly beans where my favorite flavor is "white." Warning, the liquorice (licorice?) ones are NOT dark black, but deep purple/red, so pay attention!
Overall rating: 4 of 5 stars
A teenager's (Jack's) take: I love these! Of course, I am a bit biased when it comes to jelly beans... I could each pretty much any kind. Especially these, though; they seem to have more of a kick in terms of flavor as opposed to the overused, artificial flavor one seems to find in many other jelly beans. The lemon, strawberry, and tangerine flavors were especially noticeable. Also, even though this has absolutely nothing to do with the flavor, it helps a lot to have a color key on the package... :)
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Trader Joe's Gourmet Jelly Beans: Easter bunny approved!
[note: We have no affiliation with Trader Joe's. I'm sure they have never read this blog and have no idea who we are. Hey, we like being incognito, although we never wear sunglasses indoors. ;)]
Read all of our Trader Joe's sweet treats and dessert reviews!
Here's what else we're loving this week:
- OK...who else is watching The People vs. OJ Simpson??? Obviously we know the outcome, but the back stories are riveting!
- In the "a girl can dream category"....shoes for spring and summer: these and these.
- Bunny cookies for Easter. Polka dot and double-decker.
- I'm thinking these Bailey's Cookies and Cream parfaits from Homemade Hooplah need to happen for St. Patrick's Day.