jelly bean


Definition of jelly bean 

: a sugar-glazed bean-shaped candy

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Jamison also told us that Jelly Bellies were the first jelly beans in space. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New sights, smells and tastes at Jelly Belly Visitor Center make for a sweet experience," 30 Oct. 2017 What's not to love about a a free tour on a train that shows you how candy is made, free jelly beans and Jelly Belly-themed merchandise as far as the eye can see? Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Get your fill of all things jelly beans at the annual Jelly Belly Visitor Center carnival June 28-July 1," 25 June 2018 The Chicago Tribune Food & Dining team decided to deep-fry some Easter egg treats, like Cadbury Creme Eggs, jelly beans and colorful Peeps. Joseph Hernandez,, "We Fried It: Deep-fried Peeps, Spam musubi, Chicago hot dogs and more," 30 Mar. 2018 Non-traditional flavored jelly beans, such as Sour Patch Jelly Beans, usually have more sugar. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Your kid’s Easter basket likely packs over a month’s worth of sugar," 28 Mar. 2018 In Kentucky, black licorice jelly beans reign supreme among candy lovers, according to Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Can you guess Kentucky's favorite jelly bean flavor? It's a polarizing taste.," 22 Mar. 2018 Plus, there's all the regular Jelly Belly fun: the warehouse tour, free jelly bean samples and the new interactive games. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Light up your life with these three ways to welcome the holidays with your kids," 13 Nov. 2017 USA TODAY Sports With one weekend under the belts of the major league teams, navigating through who is hot and who is not becomes much like guessing just how many jelly beans are in a big apothecary jar. Lawr Michaels, USA TODAY, "Fantasy sizzlers and fizzlers: Hunter Strickland saves the day," 2 Apr. 2018 Hummingbird eggs are tiny, about the size of jelly beans! Southern Living, "Help the Hummingbirds, Be Sure to Do This When Gardening," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of jelly bean

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jelly bean was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of jelly bean

: a candy that is shaped like a bean and has a hard sugar shell with a soft center

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Kids Definition of jelly bean

: a chewy bean-shaped candy

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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