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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

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54 Responses to “Candy Review: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (just the gross ones)”

  1. 1
    realthirtysomething says:

    I agree with the person who wrote about tasting the vomit-flavored Bertie Bott’s bean. The flavor is definitely authentic. The thing I’ve always wondered about the Bertie Bott’s beans is, how do the folks at the Jelly Belly company figure out the flavor recipe for each bean? For instance, whose boogers do they taste in order to determine that they’ve gotten the booger flavor just right? Whose earwax is used as the “gold standard” by which the company evaluates its earwax-flavored beans? I always have to laugh when I envision a panel of taste-testing experts sitting there in a Jelly Belly testing lab, sampling the prospective Bertie Bott’s beans and saying things like, “Hmmm. This just doesn’t taste enough like a real booger,” or “The earwax flavor isn’t quite bitter enough.”

    RESPONSE: Good point! :)
    –The Candy Addict

  2. 2
    Blogging Harry Potter says:

    Bertie Bott’s new flavors

    The Candy Addict blog has the scoop on the new Bertie Bott’s flavors: Rotten Egg and Bacon. Yum!
    UPDATE: Brian at the Candy Addict blog now has a full review!

  3. 3
    GummiBear says:

    So which one was the absolute worst??

    RESPONSE: Either Rotten Egg or Sardine. Both were BAD.

  4. 4
    cybele says:

    I went to the Jelly Belly factory on Friday and tasted quite a few things. Not all of the Bertie Botts and I actually liked Soap, Black Pepper and Grass (I even bought a mix of them!).

    They also have a regular new Jelly Belly flavor – “roasted garlic” … again, I did not try it.

  5. 5
    Virginia Belle says:

    I too have tried these. I couldn’t resist since jelly bellys are on my top 3 favorite candies list. The earwax one was the worst, IMHO but the sardine was a close second. It is absolutely rank-nasty.

    am loving this site! can’t wait to finish reading all the archives!

  6. 6
    Squirrelinabox says:

    Fantastic review! Thanks for the comment in my blog linking to it… should help some of my readers pick out the best to prank people with. For those not sure what I’m talking about, I put up a prank using this candy here . The candy has so many opportunities for having fun with people!

  7. 7
    Victoria says:

    i had dinner last night and i swallowed something that tasted like earwax
    it was turnip!
    just an idea:
    extract the flavour from turnips to make earwax flavoured beans

  8. 8
    Razor says:

    We played Jelly-Belly Roulette last night, and I thought I would die by the time it was over. Naturally, the regular flavors were really good, so I will concentrate on the “special” flavors in the box.

    My rankings (top to bottom):

    Soap (like lemony baby shampoo), Grass (like clover), Black Pepper (like pepper jelly), Bacon (like a smoked, sweet jelly bean), Earthworm (like wet dirt smells), DIrt (stronger than Earthworm), Booger (bland and salty and WARM—gross!), Vomit (like a sweet burp, after you’ve drunk some liquor and there’s a hint of bile in it), Rotten Egg (rank and like boiled egg white)

    and the winner… SARDINE (tastes like the smoked skin from a piece of trout or really fishy fish).

  9. 9
    Dreggin says:

    When these first came out a friend of mine tricked me by handing me a handful (I am a fan of Jelly-Bellys). This became a popular trick among my friends and family. I tried all flavors and I can say with definite certainty that the original vomit jelly-bean was the worst by far. The next year they re-released them and they have the new flavors listed above, I bought some to give to my friends who originally played this joke on me a year before and it seemed to all of us that vomit was significantly toned down. I was able to actually swallow it, the previous one I had to spit out and I recall washing my mouth out with water for a while. Oh yeah… these beans make great practical jokes.

    RESPONSE: Yes – definitely. They are a ton of fun!

  10. 10
    Kathrine says:

    Just wondering, and sorry if this is a stupid question, but can you actually get sick by these?

    RESPONSE: Sick as in vomit? Yes. I have heard stories.

  11. 11
    Emma & Jessica says:

    We tried the Harry Potter JellyBeans and this is our comments.
    Favorite : grape jelly and popcorn. Least was vomit and Black Pepper, (we almost vomitted ourselves, we had to spit it out) Earthworm was not as bad as we thought! After eatting the Cinnamon (very hot!) we had to chug pop down as a chaser.

  12. 12
    Christina says:

    me and my brothers bought the sampler packs cause we were dying to try them out once we read your article. my mother tried dirt, i tried earwax and vomit, one of my brothers tried bacon, and my other brother tired rottten egg. my mother hated the dirt, my brother w/ the bacon said it wasnt unbearable but it did taste nasty, the earwax wasnt so bad and i was able to eat it as for the vomit i chewed it for a while but i had to spit it out. my brother who tried the rotten egg was the worst off though, he barely bit a dent into the bean before he snapped his head and spit it out as well as give a good few dry heaves. he had to run to brush his teeth as well as gargle the last bit of listerine we had. the next day my oldest brother dared me $20 to try the rotten egg and bite it in half. i took the bet and headed to the toilet to get ready, after some minutes of fear i bit into it hard and i think that Hell has just been given a flavor. i had to squeeze a large blob of toothpaste directly into my mouth for that. i have never tasted anything so horrible in my life and playing a joke on someone w/ that bean is just unethical. it was fun but man, i have no idea what chemicals these ppl put into that one to make such a taste

  13. 13
    Caleb says:

    Hey Brian! Big fan, I tried some of these, but the worst, by far, was vomit.
    It’s true what they say, and I hurled up my lunch after trying this puke-inducing “candy” (and I use the term lightly!)

  14. 14
    BJ says:

    Can you buy these flavors individually???

  15. 15
    celine says:

    Hi, I really would love to try these very unimaginable flavors. So does anyone know where to buy them. Or do I have by them online.

  16. 16
    BP says:

    The cable TV show called “unwrapped” did a story on Jelly Belly including Bertie Bott’s. They said that most of flavors for these Jelly Beans were “failed” flavors they had tried before. For example, the vomit flavor was their attempt at creating a Peporoni Pizza flavor. They took that flavor, added some acidic touchs and voila – they have their new flavor. I don’t know the source for the others and some were created new for Bertie Botts.

  17. 17
    Ally says:

    Oh god, my girlfriend bought a box of these SPECIFICALLY for me to try. Because I’ll try, like, anything. Just to say I have.

    I actually kept all of mine down (one of the rules). The Rotten Egg was HORRID. I’d rather eat 20 Vomit beans than another Rotten Egg.

    I didn’t get a Bacon. But, on the ones you tried, Earthworm and Dirt tasted ALOT alike. And I liken the Gress flavor to what the color green would taste like.

    I was tasting that Rotten Egg for a WEEK afterwards. D:

  18. 18
    Candy Addict » Candy Review: Bacon Mints (yes, Bacon Mints) says:

    [...] I am amazed at how often bacon and candy cross paths. Candy Addict has done articles on chocolate-covered bacon, gummi bacon, and bacon jellybeans. Now we can add Bacon Mints to the list. When I was offered some Bacon Mints to review, I immediately said “hell, yes!” but wondered what they would taste like. [...]

  19. 19
    HArmony says:

    I gave the rotten egg one to 4 people in my school and 4 of them puked it up :(. I recommend not to try that one.

  20. 20 Blog » Blog Archive » Soda and Pork and Everything Worms: That’s What Gross Is Made Of says:

    [...] Now I’m not saying I’m going to try out for any fanatical Fear-Factor-like shows or take on extra scary edibles like fish guts or live monkey brain or whatever, but I feel like I can handle many things. I’m fairly open to trying new and even odd things. Okay, well, I couldn’t bring myself to try booger-flavored jelly beans even when the president of Jelly Belly mailed me some after I did an interview with him for a story. I just couldn’t. [...]

  21. 21
    Right Wing Nut House » SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS says:

    [...] Logan arrives at Martha’s bungalow and tries to shake Aaron’s hand as if he didn’t try to have him killed last year. Aaron is having none of it and escorts Logan into the house with a look on his face as if he had been given a vomit flavored Bertie Bott Jelly Bean. [...]

  22. 22
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  23. 23
    Samantha says:

    I’m doing a science project @ school w/ my friend… We are doing a taste test… and i was wondering…

    wat was the WORST Bertie Bott’s flavor you have chewed/eaten…??? thnx ppls!

  24. 24
    KiKi says:

    Having had to eat a real eathworm when I was 5 (they shouldn’t tell a KiKi she was to small to be brave enough…. *grrrrr*) I know the only way I m anaged to survive this stunt was…. I swallowed that thing unchewed…

    I am so sure I don’t want to try Earthworm flavoered Jelly beans *yuck*

    I have to admit… I am too chicken to even go out and try to get a hold of those….

    hugs, KiKi from Germany (where you don’t always get the candy you have in the States… and boy, am I glad this time lol)

  25. 25
    Tricie says:

    I got a pack! My mom bought me but, she only bought me ONE(?!?!?!?!?!?Grrslightly) box! Can u beleive it???!??!
    Luckily my godmother lives in AMerica so she can try to get it!!!! Hooray and Unhooray! I still get my Beans!

  26. 26
    3c says:

    My mom bought my pack in this dutch village called Solvang in California. TRy googleing it! I am so excited to try some of them! I wonder what soap will taste like? I am not trying vomit OR rotten egg. Well maybe………. dunno

  27. 27
    Bin says:

    I got a box of these for my nephew. I’d been seeing them in the bookstore for a few years and I assumed they were normal flavors with joke names, but I got suspicious and looked it up (and found this review. THANK YOU.) So my boyfriend and I tried them instead. And… apparently to the type of colorblindness my boyfriend has, rotten egg looks just like buttered popcorn. I think he chewed it once before he ran for the trash can. I got lucky and managed to end up with soap, grass, and black pepper without looking at the box, none of which were too bad. My boyfriend claims that booger was “ok,” but I didn’t try it. At this point we chickened out and discreetly left them at a friend’s house :D

    PS: Celine – I got my pack at Borders. I’ve seen them at Barnes & Noble, too. You can probably try any chain bookstore in the US that sells stuff like this.

  28. 28
    Sebbe123 says:

    I live in Finland and i’d like to know how to buy theese through the internet

  29. 29
    Tyren says:

    ewwwwwwwwwww u got a lot of heart 2 eat that

  30. 30
    bin says:

    of cause there a differant flaver thats why ther cald every flavered beans

  31. 31
    joe says:

    they are gross i almost puked!!!

  32. 32
    Marusa says:



  33. 33
    Sara says:

    Theres no hp shop in sweden:(that sucks,i rly want those;_;

  34. 34
    Kat says:

    I have to agree with the person who said the vomit flavored jelly bean was toned down. Being a huge Harry Potter fan, and candy fan, not surprisingly, my brother bought me a bag soon after it came out. The vomit one was so bad, that i brushed my teeth two or three times and was still nauseous the next day, and the flavor stayed with me for at least a day. I didn’t touch the bag again for another two weeks.

    Last summer,I tried the beans again for the first time since that instance. Not only could i swallow the vomit one, it hardly bothered me.

  35. 35
    bronte says:

    I got a pack of these for my birthday and they were probaly the worst thing I have ever tried!

  36. 36
    Capn Sparrow says:

    I think the Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans are one of the top coolest things EVER! i have been wanting to get a bag (or box) of them cuz i haven’t had 1 for…about 4 or 4 1/2 years, but i an fin them anywhere….where the hell do i find them?

  37. 37
    Lala says:

    I want to try these I used to love then when I was 10.
    My little brother liked the booger flavored ones.

  38. 38
    Hannah F. says:

    I think the soap is the absolute worst (no, I have not tried vomit. You’d have to pay me).

    My friend Kristen’s husband likes to mix these beans in with their candy bowl in the living room. Mwahahaha.

  39. 39
    Jayla says:

    those flavors are dispicible and grotesqe……any one who trues then is even grosser than the flavors

  40. 40
    Bridget says:

    I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, so I really wanted to try some of these. I thought they were just regular flavors with weird names, so I tried the grass flavor (thinking it would be green apple or something). I was wrong. o_o
    They taste AWFUL. They’re really fun to try with friends and stuff, but they’re nastyyy. xD

  41. 41
    Kvn11 says:

    I absolutely HATE rotten egg, but to be earthworm really didn’t taste bad(dont ask me why) and soap at first i thought it was mint(since i was eating random flavors)

  42. 42
    Karla says:

    i tried it. and it was gross

  43. 43
    skalert says:

    cool ive heard of them in harry potter but where can muggles get some?

  44. 44
    Tonio says:

    Are these still possible to get for a poor muggle? :D

  45. 45
    Andy says:

    They are still available, but they’re no longer by Jelly Belly. I hear they’re a bit lower quality than they used to be due to this.

    Jelly Belly does seem to have made a replacement, though. They call it BeanBoozled, and it seems to have been turned into a bit of a game.

    UPDATE: This NOT true. They are still being made by Jelly Belly as of July 2011. I got the info straight from Jelly Belly.

  46. 46
    Emmie says:

    Do you know if there is a HP shop in Oklahoma? Because I really want to try these things. Also Chocolate Frogs.

  47. 47
    Someone says:

    The online-site Jelly Belly only ship to the USA, am I right?

  48. 48
    Tongue says:

    ear wax doesn’t taste like ear wax
    nether does grass nor booger.

    actual ear wax is bitter with a tint of honey,
    actual booger is salty and slimy(tasteless)
    actual grass is kinda bland with (they should have diluted the flavor.)
    actual blood tastes like iron(I’ve had nose bleeds.)

    the rest were fairly acurate except the sardine which tastes old and uncooked.

  49. 49
    mememeandi says:

    my persona favorite is the titi fruiti ( end up stealing them from the box before i let everyone try them! X D )

  50. 50
    Find Escorts says:

    I really love candies.. I really want to try them my self. I think these were so much fun to try.

  51. 51
    Callum says:

    Does anyone know where a muggle can get a packet in london and how much are they

  52. 52
    Christian says:

    I really want to try these but seeing what people are saying i am kinda scared but also seems like it would be fun.

  53. 53
    Christian says:

    I would really like to try these. Seeing what other people have said I am afraid to taste a few. But I’m sure they can’t be that bad,RIGHT.

  54. 54
    jazz says:

    My co-worker had these. We tried the vomit ones, not sure if I had an extra potent batch or not.
    But this one brought me back to the good old days singing I will never drink again. Out it came and somehow the taste came back for an encore on my way home a few hours
    later :(

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