Thursday, December 02, 2010

Alphabe Thursday - "J" is for Jelly Belly - December 2, 2010

Alphabe Thursday - "J" is for Jelly Belly" - December 2, 2010

If I'm going to be quite honest,
And really tell the truth,
I often succumb to the dictates,
Of a demanding, rude sweet tooth.

I've learned to have sweets handy,
To fulfill my sugar need,
And the fastest thing is candy,
Which I ingest with speed.

I've tried most all confections,
Afar and close to home,
And for the most supreme of all,
I hardly had to roam!

Thanks to the Goelitz Brothers,
Who came a hundred years ago,
Bidding farewell to Germany,
We  have the Jelly Belly that we know!

Jelly candies are quite ancient,
Going back to biblical days,
But the true jelly bean we know,
We can claim as an American craze.

Young Herm Goelitz came along,
And changed the 1960 candy scene,
In their Oakland store, they debuted,
A very special jelly bean!

With flavors cooked right in the center,
And shells of such delight,
These Jelly Belly beans,
Became hits - overnight.

Jelly Bellies became essential,
As Ronald Reagen wrote to say,
For important meetings at the mansion,
They would start the day.

In 1976, Goelitz began the use,
Of natural flavorings to create,
The finest Jelly Bellies ever,
That you could put upon your plate.

The Oval Office had Jelly Bellies,
They were snacks on Air Force One,
They also went to outer space,
For even astronauts need some fun.

There are now fifty flavors,
I think it would really be a ball,
If Santa would leave beneath my tree,
The sampler that has them all!!!

Copyright (c) Carmen Henesy

December 2, 2010All rights reserved

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  1. Jelly Bellies in space, whodathunkit? LOL
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Cute! Great J post.

  3. Great job on the Jelly Belly poem!


  4. Great job. And I love the pear flavored Jelly Bellys. So good.

  5. The pear flavored ones are wonderful. I don't like jelly beans as a rule, but Jelly Bellys are in a whole nother category...

  6. How fun - clever Jelly Belly poem...well done!

  7. I have to divide my jelly beans into colors and eat only one color at a time. Do you think that's o.k.?

  8. Hi there...cute poem...real cute....In 1976 with my last 800.00 I created the Jelly Belly jelly beans. A documentary on my life Candyman: the Davide Klein story will air on the Documentary channel at 8:00 pm on December 25. If you love candy as much as I do this is a must see.....thank you David Klein

  9. Great poem for J post, Carmen..I love jelly beans.

  10. wonderful poem Carmen ... jelly belly's are yummy, especially the popcorn flavoured ones!

  11. Now I want some jelly bellies! I hope I can find some tomorrow. I didn't know that they originated in Oakland. Yay, Oakland. Great poem, Carmen.

  12. I hope Santa brings you lots of jellies for Christmas, I sure have seen boxes of them out for sale this year! I never would have guessed Jellies were in the white house during such important events. LOL! Great poem!

  13. Carmen. What a wonderfully, delicious post.

    I love the way you write. This made me smile!

    Thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday.

    You are always such a joy.