How Jelly Beans Are Made

The jelly bean is a semi-soft candy, shaped like a bean and generally fruit flavored. Long considered a traditional Easter candy, jelly beans are also produced in seasonal colors for other holidays such as Halloween and Independence Day.

Basic jelly beans (sometimes also called “pectin beans” because their gel-like centers are flavored with fruit pectin) come in nine colors—red, black, white, green, yellow, brown, orange, pink, and purple.

Typically, the bean has the same flavor and color in both the candy center and the sugar shell.
See how Jelly Belly Beans are created, and the history behind the beloved candy.