“You can tell a lot about a fella's character by his way of eating jelly beans.” — U.S. President Ronald Reagan
Today is National Jelly Bean Day — not-so-coincidentally taking place the day after Easter Sunday every year. What’s your favorite flavor? Very Cherry? Licorice? The controversial Buttered Popcorn? Jelly beans are a sweet treat with deeply American roots, first exploding in popularity after Boston confectioner William Schraft encouraged customers to send pounds of the bite-sized gooey candy to Union soldiers in the midst of the Civil War in 1861. More than 150 years later, jelly beans are not just an Easter basket staple but a universally beloved treat, and while some sweet-toothed folks just like to stick with their favorite flavors, nothing compares to reaching into a pile of randomly assorted jelly beans and seeing what fate brings to your taste buds. Yum!