Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Jelly Beans!!

ABC Wednesdasy
March 15th, 2017

The letter is J for the fabulous Jelly Bean

Love them...

It is generally thought that the Jelly Bean first surfaced when a Boston confectioner, William Schrafft urged people to send jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War.

That would be about the time my Loyalist ancestors came to Canada
but I doubt if they brought the Jelly Bean with them.

Today most historians believe that the jelly bean was first linked with the celebration of Easter sometime in the 1930'.  

Who hasn't made a little nest of green confetti paper
to hold these sweet delicacies which they are going
to hide in the garden under the pretext that the Easter Bunny 
left them there for the children in the house?

The Jelly Bean comes in a myriad of colours and flavours.

Even the Harry Potter series is available on the market...
including flavours such as earwax, dirt, and pepper, -
we would hope these are only names, and the actual flavours 
are delicious and fruit based.
But who knows????

The Jelly Bean has also slang connotations.

In the electronics industry a "jelly bean" component is one which is widely
available, used generically in many applications, and has no very unusual
characteristics  (Mr. Google told me this...)

In the United States in the 1910s and 1920s a "Jellybean"
was a young man who dressed stylishly to attract women,
but had little else to recommend him!
Mr. Google told me this, too.......

Jimmie Dupre, Sam Rosen and Joe Verges wrote a song 
"Jelly Bean He's a Curbstone Cutie)
published by Universal Music Publishers
in the 1920s
and made popular in the 1940s by Phil Harris.

F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner's both wrote about such a character,
a dandy, or a fop....

more Js here at ABC Wednesday
(but none so delicious)
with thanks to all who maintain this great meme.

Enjoy your Jelly Beans!


Leslie: said...

Oh gosh! Every once in a while, I do enjoy some jelly beans, even the black ones! lol

abcw team

Melody Steenkamp said...

Well... then I wish you lots of wonderful taste by eating them but maybe with a little care for you health/teeth ;-)

Have a nice ABC-day / -week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post for J and in time for Easter ~ lovely and delicious looking photo ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is so funny about the Harry Potter flavors. I can just imagine the after-school conversations: 'Trade you two earwaxes for a butterbeer'.... I remember trading them and of course finding and later s making those Easter nests for our kids ... but our flavors were considerably tamer.

Photo Cache said...

I have yet to find my favorite flavor of jelly beans.


Joy said...

I've stored that 1920s meaning away in my head, what a fun song.

Trubes said...

Oh how I love Jelly Beans,
Now I'm 71years of age and still
have good teeth I may treat my self to some,
I know I deserve some, might get some pear
drops too!
See what you've startesd Hildred,,, yum yum !
Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Roger Owen Green said...

LOVE that song! I vaguely remember Phil Harris.
Our Pres Reagan was a big fan of jellybeans