HOW IS NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY RELATED TO CORN?

National Jelly Bean Day

Happy National Jelly Bean Day – April 22, 2014

I first became aware of this day when Emily was in 4-H and she and a friend were scheduled to give a presentation in April when they were 5th graders.  If  I remember correctly, Allie loved Jelly Beans and the girls came laughing to their mothers ( that silly -“We know our mothers won’t approve, but it’s worth a try!”laugh)  that they had a brilliant idea for a presentation.  Much to the girls’ dismay we said, “Great idea!”  So, they began researching, discovering all kinds of interesting facts about the confectionary delight!

The next time I was reminded of National Jelly Bean Day was Emily’s eighth grade year when I was her pre-algebra teacher.  Yes, any chance to have food in math class was worth a try!  Some of the activities included Guessing (estimating) the jelly beans in a jar, fraction activities, and studying the labels on various packages – calculating the calories, cost, and servings per bag.  Speaking of labels.  LOOK at one of the first things on the label!!

jelly%20beanI am excited to share that as corn growers we contribute a main ingredient in Jelly Beans – corn syrup!  Read more about corn syrup.

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Learn more about the process of making Jelly Beans.

 http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/jelly-belly-jelly-beans-0169926.html

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Happy National Jelly Bean Day!

Julie

 

 

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