Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Gourmet Jelly Beans

Spring! It's springing!!! Yay!

trader joe's gourmet jelly beans review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
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.

trader joe's gourmet jelly beans review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
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.

trader joe's gourmet jelly beans review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
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 review : part of a weekly review series of tj's desserts and treats
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. 



6 comments:

  1. Found your blog through your posts on the Pioneer Woman blog. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes and cookie decorating tips soon. Thanks for the link to the Bailey's dessert. That looks amazing. Totally with you on the People vs. OJ. Riveting indeed.

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  2. I must have jelly beans once during each Easter season. And each year I stand looking at the options, wondering which brand to buy. I always eat the colors I like and toss the bag since nobody in my family likes them. I'll try these this year! In fact, you two make me want to drive to Trader Joe's right now for a bag. They look so pretty.

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  3. These look good! Thanks for the review

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  4. The color of these is pretty! I am not a fan but feel it necessary to get one bag a year at Easter time to appease the family.

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  5. I just picked up a bag of these last Friday. I'm almost afraid to open them in case they taste so good I have to eat them all by myself.

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