You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who flat-out dislikes jelly beans. Not only are they small, sweet, and chewy, they come in so many flavors that they pretty much never get boring. And while the classic flavors of cherry, grape, lemon, and the rest are certainly enough to satisfy a craving (we’re still on the fence about licorice-flavored jelly beans ourselves), things have gotten rather interesting in recent years.
The jelly bean flavor boom was really sparked by Jelly Belly, which in 1976 introduced its initial eight flavors, which remain popular to this day: Very Cherry, Lemon, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Root Beer, Grape, and Licorice. And while there are a few oddballs in that group, things only got weirder from there. They’re now available in more than 50 flavors, including coconut, buttered popcorn, Tabasco, pomegranate, and 7-UP.
Just like the race to create the hottest hot sauce, there’s a race on to formulate the next outrageous jelly bean flavor. And they’re turning up in some interesting places. Even Brach’s, which is known for its classic lineup of larger-size jelly beans, has gone out of the box with "Chili Fiesta"-style jelly beans. And who can forget the day that Jelly Belly actually decided to release the wacky Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans of Harry Potter fame, in flavors including earwax, rotten egg, and earthworm? While those might have been somewhat of a publicity stunt, that doesn’t mean that they’re not commercially available.
Read on for our list of some of the craziest jelly beans that you can buy.