P is for Picking

P is for Picking

No, not as in picking your nose. Although, that could be a possibility for next year.

P words are plentiful and I could have chosen quite a few to write a post about.  Even with so many choices, I decided to delve into a very deep topic: Picking the detestable Jelly Belly flavors out of the Jelly Belly container. I know, this topic is a lot deeper than my other posts, but I think it’s time somebody addressed this very important issue.

I have developed a highly effective process of picking and I will share it with you. Keep in mind, the Jelly Bellies I hate may not be the same ones you hate.  Simply substitute the flavors you detest.

1. Find a work space with good lighting and plenty of room to work.


The amount of work space you need will depend on the number of Jelly Bellies flavors you wish to extract.
I only pick out two flavors– Buttered Popcorn & Caramel Corn–  so I don’t need a lot of space. 

 2. Prepare the work space with your essential supplies.


For my purposes, I used two small Mason jars, one large Mason jar, and one medium-sized jar (not shown).

 3)  With clean hands, take out a few Jelly Bellies at a time. Inspect the Jelly Bellies closely, picking out the flavors you don’t like. Put the flavors you want to keep in the large jar and the ones you don’t in the smaller jars.


I like to separate the rejected flavors so I can give them to friends who happen to like the flavors.
Remember:  For every flavor you don’t like, there is someone out there who does.

4) Once you have cleared the container of undesirable flavors, pour them slowly back into the original container, inspecting them closely for any rejects you may have overlooked.


I happened to find two sneaky Buttered Popcorn Bellies during the pour-back process.
Whew! That was close!!

I hope you found this picking tutorial helpful– especially since Easter is less than two days away. It’s my hope you will be able to have a disgusting-free Jelly Belly experience!




8 thoughts on “P is for Picking

  1. Great tutorial! I loved it! My best Jelly-Belly memory is how my mother brought me some at the hospital after I gave birth to my first child. Is it any wonder he is a Jelly-Belly lover too?! Personally, my favorite jellybeans are the black, licorice flavored ones. I’ve been known to buy bags of nothing but black jellybeans at Easter. My family thinks I’m completely weird, but I love them. Happy Easter and enjoy the Jelly-Bellies!

    • I like the black ones too. 🙂 That’s funny… after both of my kiddos were born, I ate Jelly Bellies almost every time I nursed. I figured it would balance out the calories burned from nursing. Plus, it kept me occupied while being stuck on the couch. Both of my boys love them… hmm… 😉

  2. As soon as I saw the jellybean jar, I thought you were going to count them and as us to guess how many jellybeans there are in the jar. Whew! Thank goodness it wasn’t that! I love how purposeful an approach you took with choosing the beans you like. I think I’ll need to do something like this whenever I get a box of Smarties. I’ve always loved the red ones last!

    • Smarties are yummy! We get those whenever we go to Canada, or when my sister comes home to visit (from Canada).

  3. Love it! I don’t do this, but I know my husband must. When I finally pull out the jar there’s only orange and black ones left. What, what?

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