1. It takes 7 to 21 days to make a jelly bean
Yep, you read that right. Concocting jelly beans requires many steps. First, liquid sugar and flavors are heated and mixed with starch and glucose. This is poured into bean-shaped starch molds and left to dry overnight. The next day, the starch is removed and the beans go through a steam bath and get sprayed with sugar. Next, they undergo what candy makers call “panning.” They’re put into a machine with a rotating drum, and while they spin, colors and flavors are added. Finally, grains of sugar are poured in—this sugar creates the bean’s hard shell. As a finishing touch, hot syrup and wax are applied to give shine. After all this shaking and making, the beans are thoroughly dried before they are packaged and shipped.
2. Although jelly beans were born in the America, their roots may lie far, far East—in Turkey
Jelly beans first appeared in the United States in the mid-to-late 19th century. Some historians believe they were inspired by Turkish delight—a chewy jelly and powdered sugar confection that was a popular treat from Turkey.