Whether you like ’em tart and tangy, super sweet or even slightly spicy, there’s probably a jelly bean out there that you just can’t resist.
With National Jelly Bean Day (April 22) and Easter (April 1) on the horizon, CandyStore.com set out to rank America’s favorite flavors of the classic candy — and the results are pretty surprising.
Move over Black Licorice-Here comes Buttered popcorn!
The sweet and salty little bean climbed to the top of the list of 30 jelly bean flavors as a bestseller and it was also ranked as a favorite among 12,000 survey respondents. CandyStore.com also examined sales data from the last 10 years to come up with this year’s results.
In 2017 alone, 1.43 million pounds of buttered popcorn jelly beans and 1.31 million pounds of black licorice jelly beans were sold throughout the U.S, CandyStore.com spokeswoman Clair Robins told TODAY Food via email.
The buttered popcorn jelly bean outweighed other flavors “by a larger margin” in sales than in surveys, with black licorice close behind. “People are very emotional and feel strongly one way or the other about both of them,” Robins told TODAY Food.
Jelly bean enthusiasts throughout the country have shown just how divisive the top flavor is by taking to Twitter.