Looking back at the Easter candy season that has just passed, I have to say that the only thing we really found ourselves drawn to were jelly beans. No Cadbury creme eggs were ingested. Not a single Reeses Peanut Butter Egg. But the basement is host to a pile of jelly beans still to be enjoyed.
Taking a look back there was a clear winner and a clear loser. Both are from Brachs. Worst up first.
These sounded really good, especially looking at the flavors included.
These sounded so good I bought two bags, flavor untasted. It was a bag and a half too many. I’m not sure why they call them Tiny Jelly Beans, either. they’re not. They’re not the giant ones that were the standard 20 years ago (not as big as the jumbos you can get now), but they’re not Jelly Belly tiny.
While there was a hint of each of the fruits mentioned, in reality these were just really REALLY floral tasting. Not even creamy, just flowery. Eating a small handful was just too much. To get through these two bags I actually had to dump them into a container and mix them with better jelly beans to ‘cut’ them. Even that wasn’t great because it emphasized how much better the others were and how weak these tasted. Especially next to our winners.
These are just fantastic. We’ve gotten Brachs Orchard Fruit jelly beans before and I cannot recommend them strongly enough. If you prefer the tiny, many many flavored options akin to Jelly Bellys, that’s fine. But we adore these more traditional jelly beans. The flavors, except for apple, are pretty standard. The apple isn’t sour apple or green apple or any nonsense like that, they’re a nice juicy red apple flavor. With ‘orchard’ in their name they reminded me of the Orchard Skittles. None of these flavors, like the Skittles, are sour. They’re all juicy, flavorful, sweet enough. That ‘made with real fruit juice’ claim doesn’t ring hollow at all. I highly recommend giving these a try next year if that profile sounds good to you.
I didn’t see these everywhere though. In the past I think we only saw them in Hannaford. I do believe I saw them elsewhere this year, but they’re hardly ubiquitous. Hannaford had them again, so give them a try. Delicious.