One thing I absolutely love about October and Halloween is, aside from candy, the fact that many candy companies use it as a reason to introduce new candies to the market. This was occurring quite frequently a few years ago, but recently this phenomena has been slowing down some. Thankfully, this year, Jelly Belly is releasing a new jelly bean just in time for Halloween: Jelly Belly Candy Corn jelly beans!
These were surprise samples from Jelly Belly. I say that because I never hear beforehand when they arrive at my doorstep. They just…show up. I want to remind my readers that free samples never taint my opinions of the candy in my reviews. If I like them, I"ll say so. Even bad free candy still tastes bad, and I’ll say so. I digress, back to these pretty little beans:
The beans use all the colors of normal candy corn, white, yellow and orange. The speckling is random and very pretty.
The flavor is almost candy corn. It read that way to me immediately upon my first sampling. It was only after trying some real candy corn side by side where I found minute flavor differences. But, the essence is definitely there. If you aren’t a fan of the texture or intense sweetness of candy corn, then the jelly bean version is for you. The texture is smooth and gummi and is no where near as sweet as the original kernels.
Now, in comparison, there’s Jelly Belly Candy Corn. Now, each brand has a slightly different version of candy corn, and Jelly Belly is no exception. Their candy corn is pristine, there’s not breaking or chopping of any of the corn kernels in the bag. The pieces are firm to the touch and extremely smooth. There’s more squat and are rounder than most candy corn varieties. The flavor and texture are all traditional candy corn. The sweet chew of the sugary fondant and the slight graininess, and the extremely sweet flavor with the hint of honey. Awesome, but I think Brach’s is still my favorite.
I recommend these jelly beans to anyone who likes candy corn. If you’re one of those folks who’s really on the fence with the stuff, perhaps give them a try. The slight twist in form might be the trick to make them a favorite in your candy repertoire.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Jelly Belly Website