There is absolutely nothing “immature about a jellybean addiction.” Jelly beans are candy classics that have stood the test of time. With their classic flavors and winning combination of hard sugar shell and gooey interior, jelly beans have a certain, almost wholesome, quality that sets them apart from other candies. Choosing jelly beans over other, more commercialized candides, such milk duds, whoppers, gummi bears, or Mike ‘n’ Ikes, is, if any thing, a sign of mature good sense.
Perhaps, Spencer, your objection is not to jelly beans so much as it is to any candy at all as an immature snack of choice. This is an ignorant, but widely held view. Candy, you see, is not just for kids any more. The past decade has seen an explosion of complex and sophisticated candies targeted directly at the hearts, taste buds, and pretensions of grown up foodies. You can buy chocolates with dizzyingly high cocoa percentages, where the taste of chocolate is complimented by bacon, chilis, coffee nibs, lavendar, what have you. You can buy artisanal fruit gelees in flavors like Passion Fruit and Cassis. An addiction to, say, Recchiuti’s Fleur de Sel caramels, might signify a slightly immature pretentiousness about food, but there’s nothing immature about the candies themselves.
When it comes down to it, though, I’d be hard-pressed to name a candy more sophisticated, not to mention delicious, than the black licorice jelly bean.
Black licorice is a fundamentally grown up candy. Its sweetness isn’t in your face, and it’s combined with a tongue-tingling bite and a rich, almost umami flavor. And it’s in jelly beans, when your teeth crack through the hard sugar shell and sink into the chewy, slightly sticky jell, that black licorice achieves its perfection . Sure, recent years have brought us an explosion of fancier, more complicated, “artisinal” candies. But what makes the black licorice jelly bean so sublime is its classic simplicity. It’s the candy equivalent of Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. And there ain’t nothing immature about my addiction to it.
IFA Candy Girl