When I think of Easter, I think of jelly beans. It could be the shape, it could be the colors, but mostly it is because they are primarily sold at Easter time. I had heard of pectin jelly beans before, but I didn't think they were "premium beans" because of that ingredient. I guess I didn't really understand what pectin added to the jelly bean. I did a search and found that Candyblog had reviewed this and, like always, Cybele's review filled in my missing knowledge on this type of candy.
I also went to Wikipedia to read more about pectin. I learned that pectin is mainly extracted from citrus fruits. It is primarily used as a gelling agent in jams and jellies. Cybele pointed out that most jelly beans we consume are thickened with corn starch. I think her guess on why is right on track...it is probably cheaper than pectin. (Just like it is cheaper than sugar, so it is used in most sodas in the U.S.) So, how did it taste? Well, the difference between normal jelly beans and pectin jelly beans is like night and day to me. Most jelly beans I've tried are slightly hard to chew, the melt is gritty and they stick to your teeth. These pectin jelly beans have a soft chew, they didn't stick to my teeth, they had an amazing smooth melt and best of all, they had a consistency of jam or jelly after chewing for a few seconds.
The flavors in this bag included strawberry, orange, pineapple, grape, lemon and cherry. I didn't find any of the lime flavored beans Cybele found in the larger Russell Stover package. The flavors we had were all fantastic and I liked each and every one of them. I also like the size of these jelly beans. They were very large and had nice vibrant colors. They were easily four times larger than a Jelly Belly brand jelly bean. As I mentioned above, the best part about these beans was the consistency, chew and very smooth sugary melt. I can't explain how good (and different) these tasted, you really need to try them yourself. The finish on these, when it turned into a jam-like substance, made me continue to reach for more and more of them. The only downside is that I picked up a rather small 1.5oz bag because I wasn't sure how they'd taste. I see that Jelly Belly makes a pectin bean and now I'm eager to try that one too.
Taste: 4/5 Really Liked It
Calorie Counter: 21 pieces = 1 serving = 150 calories, 0g fat, 37g sugars
Price: $.99 purchased at Walgreen's
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