I've written before about a few collections from the Jelly Belly Jewel Collection, a new line of shimmering jewel-like jelly beans. They really do appear gem-like which makes them feel extra special, like treasures. In the past I tried the Draft Beer Beans, the fantastic Star Wars Mix, and the illustrious Frozen Mix. The allure is mostly in the aesthetics of the bean. I mean, there are delicious flavors, too, but what makes these stand out is their unique look. Recently I was lucky enough to be sent samples from Jelly Belly and had the chance to try more shimmering beans from the jewel line. The stand-out, by far, are the Jewel Ginger Ale beans. They're a champagne hue imbued with golden shimmer so it feels like you're scooping edible golden nuggets into your mouth. The taste is a nice mix of vanilla, spicy ginger, and effervescence. I have no idea what magic creates the "taste" of fizz. The ginger is lovely. The Grape Jewel beans, rich purple with a silver sheen, taste super grapey and juicy. Finally the Jewel Mix has a mix of fresh fruits that blend really nicely. Except the blue raspberry bean, an artificial flavor I just don't like. But the blueberry beans more than make up for it. I can't wait to see which new flavors and sparkling colors they come out with next!
* Special note: I received these samples from Jelly Belly Candy Company, the makers of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. Thanks, Jelly Belly! I love to sample your exciting flavors! Although I review the jelly beans above, I do not give numbered scores to free samples so as to avoid any possibility of unfair scoring.