Enough Jelly Belly beans were eaten in the last year to circle the earth more than five times. True story. So it’s safe to say that Jelly Belly’s Bean Boozled beans are a big deal in the jelly bean world.
Why am I talking about jelly bean’s I hear you ask?
Well, because people compare our Prank Candles to the Jelly Belly Bean Boozled flavors all the time. For that reason, we wanted to give you a rundown on everything you ever needed to know about Bean Boozled. This article is going to cover:
- The Low Down on Jelly Belly jelly beans
- WTF is Bean Boozled?
- How do Jelly Belly create such weird flavors?
- What is the Bean Boozled challenge?
The Jelly Belly beans were first sold in 1976 from a food truck in California, although the company was founded in 1869 by Gustav Goelitz. And now there are enough beans eaten to go round the planet 5 times! The very first jelly bean flavors were:
- Very Cherry
- Root Beer
- Cream Soda
- Green Apple
And the current most popular flavor? Very cherry, which is actually my favorite too.
Not only are crap loads of beans eaten every year but also they were the first jelly beans to be eaten in space. President Ronald Regan sent them on the 1983 flight of the space shuttle Challenger and Jelly Belly now produce 100 different gourmet flavours of jelly bean, including the infamous Bean Boozled flavors.
So, here’s the lowdown on all the things you need to know about these prank jelly beans.
Wtf is Bean Boozled?
The Bean Boozled beans have followed on from the Bertie Bott’s Harry Potter beans.
Who knew how much people love strange and disgusting flavored beans?
The best thing about them? They’re completely camoflagued, they need to be tasted to be discovered. Each Bean Boozled bean has a twin flavor, one of the jelly belly ‘nice’ flavours.
These beans fully embrace the joy of pranking as they mix the huge popularity of Jelly Belly jelly beans (there are 50 official flavours of jelly bean) with our love for pranking people, all the damn time!
The trickster jelly beans originated in 2008 and the first edition of flavors consisted of:
- Skunk Spray
- Rotten Egg
- Ear Wax
- Baby Wipes
- Pencil Shavings
- Moldy Cheese
- Black Pepper
The second edition came around in 2009 with the addition of canned dog food and centipede, ear wax and black pepper got dropped and the flavor vomit was renamed ‘barf’.
Four years later (2013) came the third edition, adding stinky socks and lawn clippings to the mix. These flavors replaced pencil shavings and centipede. This is when the game changed for Bean Boozled as YouTubers began jumping on the bandwagon by uploading challenge videos to their channels.
2016 sees the fourth edition come into fruition with dead fish (strawberry banana smoothie) and spoiled milk (coconut). Baby wipes and skunk were dropped for these two flavours.
How Do They Do It?
So how do Jelly Belly create such weird and wonderful prank flavors? Jelly Belly’s spokesperson, Jana Sanders Perry, has said that the company is “nothing if not committed to making flavors as true to life as possible”. So it’s safe to say these joke beans are an experience for all the senses.
First step, smell. Your ability to smell plays a pretty big role in tasting food. Whenever you get the flu or a stuffy nose nothing tastes as good, right?
Well, the bean boozled beans really play on this. The jelly bean elves really went to town on testing this one out by playing with the actual smells of their flavors in a gas chromatograph. This machine works by turning the target object (spoiled milk, rotten eggs, lawn clippings etc) into vapors and figuring out their chemical makeup.
Once they’ve got the chemical makeup, they turn it into flavor markers and develop it from there. In fact, when creating the stinky socks flavored bean the process included:
- Aging an actual sock in a plastic bag for a couple of weeks
- Putting the sock in the chromatograph
- Generating data of the socks’ ‘flavor’ makeup
- Creating the flavor from this data
Imagine having that glorious job!
Once they’ve figured out the flavors, how do they know it works in bean form?
The beans then go through tasting trials and once feedback is given on each bean the necessary adjustments are made.
Although, as happened with the Bertie Bott’s ‘puke’ bean, the flavors can be created in a different way. In this case, ‘puke’ was made by mistake in an attempt to make a pizza flavor. The pizza flavor was continuously rejected by taste testers as the cheese flavor wasn’t palatable enough and worked better as vomit!
What’s in the 4th Edition?
Here’s what the palette looks like on the 4th edition of these crazy jelly beans:
- Barf or Peach
- Booger or Juicy Pear
- Canned Dog Food or Chocolate Pudding
- Dead Fish or Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Lawn Clippings or Lime
- Moldy Cheese or Caramel Corn
- Rotten Egg or Buttered Popcorn
- Spoiled Milk or Coconut
- Stinky Socks or Tutti-Frutti
- Toothpaste or Berry Blue
The collection contains 10 colors of beans with 20 flavors. 10 nice beans and 10 more interesting flavored beans.
The Bean Boozled Challenge
YouTube food challenges are nothing new. Think the cinnamon challenge, the ghost pepper challenge, or the milk challenge. But how do you play the Bean Boozled challenge, where did it come from, and why is it so popular?
The Bean Boozled challenge is a game you can play with anyone, as long as you have the beans. You can pretty much play this game however you want, but the most popular way to do it is in the style of an edible russian roulette.
You can play with a point system, so for each good flavour you get score yourself 1 point and for every bad flavor you take away a point. It’s a great excuse to sit down with friends and family and see who gets lucky, and who really doesn’t.
The real fun comes with the little game wheel you get with a box of the beans. The premise is simple. When it’s your turn you spin, whatever space the arrow lands on, you have to eat a bean of that color.
Why is it So Popular?
The same reason any food challenge becomes popular. They provide huge social value, particularly because these beans come from creating a real version of fantasy beans (the Bertie Bott’s beans).
The game is adaptable as literally anyone can play it and we all get enjoyment from watching people be made extremely uncomfortable, in a completely harmless way.
This kind of challenge proves how easily satisfied we are with simple games and pranks we can play on one another. And it’s not like you’re simply pranking another person, you’re totally immersed in the game yourself too.
Have You Bean Boozled?
You can literally play this game anywhere and with anyone. All you need is a little imagination and an unsuspecting companion. It’s fun to play and even more fun to experience the true horror and disgust on other people’s faces.
So, go! Buy some beans, find a friend and let the taste experience begin.