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Watch tonight! Candyman, a movie about David Klein, the inventor of the Jelly Belly jellybean!

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Candyman: The David Klein Story

You know, it’s my job to think about candy and candy news. Thanksgiving weekend is not traditionally a candy holiday, but what a perfect weekend this is for candy. It must be the time of year coupled with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, that got me thinking about Bertie Bott’s Jelly Beans and our review of them. Trying those awful beans with my brother reminded me of being a kid and daring each other into eating and doing stupid things. We once talked about trying out for Fear Factor but realized pretty quickly we’d both be done in by the gross foods. It’s funny what brings a family together – bonding over candy. I think that’s what makes candy so appealing to so many people.

A great example of this is Candyman: The David Klein Story showing 11/27/2010 on the Documentary channel at 8 PM, EST and PST. If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of David Klein, until now. In fact, though he invented the Jelly Belly jellybean, he isn’t even mentioned by name on Jelly Belly’s website under company history; he is referred to only as “a Los Angeles candy distributor”.
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Candy Review: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (just the gross ones)

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Bertie Botts Jelly Belly Package

A few days after writing my original post on the new Bacon and Rotten Egg flavors of Bertie Bott’s (from Harry Potter) Jelly Belly jellybeans, my wife bought a pack for me to try. I have tried Jelly Belly jellybeans before, but I had never tried the Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Turns out I was in for a treat (and I use the term loosely). Jelly Belly describes the pack as

A 1.6 oz. box of beans featuring 20 different flavors. Joining the Bertie Bott’s lineup are two new flavors: Rotten Egg (yuck!) and Bacon. Also included are milder flavors such as Green Apple, Grape Jelly, and Blueberry. Note: Boxes are randomly assorted and may not contain every flavor.

For this review, I’m only going to cover the “gross” flavors, if you have had Jelly Belly jellybeans before, you know what the good ones taste like.

Bacon This truly did taste like bacon… just sweeter, and a bit gross. This was edible though not tasty.
Black Pepper Black Pepper This too tasted just like its flavor – just like black pepper you would sprinkle on your food – only sweeter. In fact, the ingredient list includes black pepper.
Booger Booger I was expecting this to be thoroughly gross but instead it was rather tasteless as far as jellybeans go. I actually kept this one down and didn’t think this was too bad (but it wasn’t good). I’m not sure what that says about me.
Dirt Dirt This one too tasted a lot like dirt. How I know what dirt tastes like, I’m not sure. This one too was edible, but not at all tasty. I did manage to keep it down.
Earthworm I really wasn’t sure what this one would taste like, not ever having tried to eat an earthworm. I wasn’t surprised though when I had to spit it out after only a few chews. Wow – that was bad.
Earwax Earwax Here’s another that I really had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be bad though. I was right. I gave it a couple chews and out it came. No way was I eating that one.
Grass Grass I didn’t actually get to try this one. There was only one in the box and my sister-in-law wanted to try it so I let her. She said it did taste a lot like grass and she was able to keep it in and not spit it out.
Rotten Egg
Rotten Egg One of the worst smells you can think of, rotten egg is a smell everyone knows and hates. I was expecting this one to be bad, really bad. It was. I think I chewed it once or twice and I had to spit it out. It’s amazing the flavors they can “create”. Wow – I needed some water to get that taste out of my mouth.
Sardine Sardine As I’ve said before, I don’t really like seafood, so I expected this one to be a spitter-outter and I was right. It was awful. It’s uncanny how much it tasted like seafood. YUCK.
Soap Unfortunately(?), since the boxes are random and you are not guaranteed to get all flavors, I didn’t get any soap-flavored beans in my pack. It’s a shame too, I could have used some soap to wash out the other tastes.
Vomit Vomit This was the one I was really dreading. I had read on the web somewhere about someone trying this and not being able to get the taste out of their mouth for two days. I fully expected to have to spit this one out, and it was bad, but not so bad I had to spit it out. It did taste like vomit (I can’t believe I’m writing that), it just wasn’t overwhelming enough to make me sick. I guess that’s a good thing.

These were sooo much fun to try. I tried a few one night with my four year old daughter and we had such a good time trying them. The others I tried with my family and my in-laws the night before Thansgiving and it was so much fun. I encourage you to get a box of these for your kid(s) and try them yourself too. Have fun with your kids and with some candy!

UPDATE: More gross flavors: sausage and pickle