Jelly beans are a sugared candy with a harder shell and softer interior, coming in 50 official fruity flavours. Jelly beans have been around since 1861, although suggested to be the early precursor of Turkish Delight, which could mean the basic foundations of the jelly bean are much older. Jelly beans were used as small presents for the soldiers fighting the American Civil War when confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send the sweets as a token of the country’s appreciation of those fighting on the front line.
We’ve loved jelly beans for decades and seen them featured in blockbuster movies such as Babe: Pig in the City and more recently as the icon and logo for Android systems. At Retro Sweets, the purchasing options are endless; bags, boxes, bouquets, jars and vintage wicker hampers mean they can be presented appropriately for all occasions.