Ranking the Most Popular Jelly Beans on the Market, From Best to Worst
Attention all candy fans: if you haven't yet discovered that your favorite candies (i.e., Sour Patch Kids, Starburst, and Sweetarts) also come in jelly bean form, you're in for a sweet surprise. Since we've reviewed all the chocolate bunnies available at Target, we thought it only fair to do the same with fellow Easter-favorite jelly beans. With what should you fill those Easter eggs and baskets? Let this jelly bean ranking be your guide.
Just Born Jelly Beans
Wow, these jelly beans taste just like Mike and Ike. Sure, the flavors are artificial, but they brought our tasters back to childhood. The beans themselves are chewy and slowly dissolve on your palate. This is the bag to buy this season.
Jelly Belly Kids Mix
These beans are just plain classic, plus they have the best texture and most unique flavors.
Starburst Original Jellybeans
The flavors actually taste like true Starburst candy. While some tasters enjoyed the texture, others found it too gritty and expected it to be chewy like normal Starburst.
Starburst Jellybeans Sour
These beans are just slightly sour while retaining iconic Starburst flavors. Some tasters didn't love the grainy texture, but most praised these beans for having a better texture and flavor than Sour Patch Kids.
Sour Patch Jelly Beans
These beans are definitely not as sour as standard Sour Patch Kids, but they are less messy to eat and could be good for movie theater snacking. Most people complained that these beans just aren't sour enough. These don't have the jelly consistency of the original candy; however, the beans do have an addictive crunchiness.
Sweetarts Jelly Beans
The ratings for this bag of jelly beans swayed from "best ever" to "completely terrible." Those who love sour candies thought Wonka nailed the Sweetarts flavor in these jelly beans, while others thought the beans tasted chalky.
Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans
Fans of Jolly Rancher will appreciate the flavor of these beans plus the added bonus that they won't stick to the roof of your mouth like the hard candies. However, others thought the beans tasted and smelled artificial and had difficulty chewing the beans themselves.
Trader Joe's Gourmet Jelly Beans
There are a lot of reasons to love TJ's JBs — each bag has 18 fun flavors, which are naturally flavored and dyed from fruit and vegetable sources. The biggest complaint is the texture is a tiny bit too tough to chew.
Surf Sweets Organic Spring Mix Jelly Beans
Another bean that stays away from artificial flavors and colors, Surf Sweets looked promising. The beans themselves have a grainy texture — like sugar granules, which some enjoyed munching on. Flavor-wise, these are pretty darn tasty for being natural.
Starburst Crazy Beans
The fun of these beans is in the surprise color inside, and while some tasters enjoyed having two flavors in one, others found these beans just a little too crazy. The texture is on the sticky side, and the flavors don't really taste distinctly like Starburst.
Brach's Tiny Jelly Bird Eggs
Look, tasters agree that these beans are nothing special, but they do remind us of childhood and therefore earn a few points for nostalgia. This might be a basic Jelly Bean, but it's one that deserves a spot in at least one candy bowl this Easter.
Laffy Taffy Flavored Jelly Beans
Tasters found these beans to be chewy and sticky like Laffy Taffy, but they don't taste anything like the candy. One positive reviewer likened these to chewy vitamins, but sweeter.
Teenee Beanee Americana Medley Jelly Beans
The packaging of these looks so enticing, but the beans inside are blah. The flavors remind us of vitamins — not candy.