I know, I know, more jellybeans (I just reviewed the Starburst Sour Jellybeans), but can you blame me? When you find the right jellybean, it’s the perfect combination of crunch and chew and sugary goodness! So, when Candy Addict’s very own Brian professed that Nerds Bumpy Jellybeans are his favorite Easter candy this year, I knew I had to try them. First, if Brian says they are good, then the probability that this is true is extremely high. Second, I am a fan of Nerds, especially of Nerds rope, because you get that crunchy and chewy dual bang with the rope. Do you see where I am headed?
I won’t keep you in suspense – these Nerds Bumpy Jellybeans are keepers. They are kooky and bizarre and incredibly tasty! There are five flavors. The flavors aren’t listed on the packaging, but you can guess that they are the usual suspects: red (strawberry), yellow (lemon), orange (you guessed it, orange), green (watermelon), and purple (grape). As indicated by the descriptive title, these beans sport bumpy exteriors, which makes them a little odd looking and even a tad ugly, but who cares! They rock! The hard candy shell is crunchy but won’t break your teeth. The interior is chewy but smooth, and there’s a perfect balance between crunch and chew.
Here is a breakdown of each of the five flavors:
Red: This one is strawberry, though it’s a little hard to tell. It definitely does not have that sickly sweet artificial strawberry flavor, which is a bonus. The flavor is strong, however, and lingers (in a good way).
Yellow: Lemon! This one is a bit sour, which I appreciate, since I love sour candies. It isn’t terribly sour, though, and really, if the packaging indicated these were supposed to be sour jellybeans, I would be upset, because they aren’t sour enough to define themselves that way.
Orange: What other flavor could the orange bean be but orange? Mmmm, this one has a nice, slightly sour orange flavor that reminds me of an orange soda, like orange Crush. I really like how these jellybean flavors are unique and distinctive.
Green: This is watermelon flavor, but just barely. In fact, all of us at Candy Addict debated whether it was lime, watermelon, or green apple and we had to email Wonka to find out. Even though the watermelon flavor is subdued, it’s still quite tasty.
Purple: Grape! Nice, strong, sour grape flavor. Like the orange, I am reminded of soda – grape Crush! Again, not cloyingly sweet, which means I can eat more without making myself sick. I think the grape is my favorite flavor, though I must confess I usually toss a bunch in my mouth at the same time.
I wholeheartedly recommend Nerds Bumpy Jellybeans, especially if you are already a Nerds fan. In fact, I like them so much I’m going to give them a CandyAddict.com Awesomely Addictive Candy Award! I found these mixed in with the Easter candy, but wouldn’t it be great if they were offered all year?
UPDATE: An email from Wonka tells us that these are offered year round as Giant Chewy NERDS!
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