April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day

Sunday, April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day! (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Sunday, April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day!

The treat became popular during the Civil War thanks to a Boston confectioner named William Schrafft. He encouraged people to send the sweet to Union soldiers.

In the '30s, the candy became an Easter staple because of its egg-like shape, but now they're a treat enjoyed all year round.

Some other fun facts about jelly beans:

  • Jelly beans used to be a popular Christmastime candy.
  • It can take anywhere from seven to 21 days to make jelly beans.
  • They were the first candy to be sold by weight instead of price.
  • Jelly beans used to be separated and sold by color.
  • The blueberry-flavored jelly bean was created for Ronald Reagan's inauguration. Jelly beans were his favorite candy.
  • Jelly beans have been to space (thanks to President Reagan).



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