I seem to have unintentionally made candy my focus recently.
This time my victim is a bag of Jelly Belly’s new Chocolate Dips in Very Cherry. Although they are also made in mint, orange, and coconut, orange was the only other flavor for sale where I went. Incidentally, the orange bag was the first I saw, and given that I dislike orange and chocolate pairings but wanted to try out the jelly bean and chocolate pairing, I spent a split second trying to decide if I should go ahead and get it, anyway. Thankfully, the cherry flavor greeted me next, rescuing me from having to resort to orange in order to give the product line a try.
I really picked up these Chocolate Dips with curiosity, not making previous assumptions about what they would be like. They’re the sort of thing you ought to approach casually, right? Especially when you factor in the description from the back:
“Jelly Belly beans take a dip in rich, dark chocolate to bring you a tidal wave of deliciousness. Gourmet jelly beans meet up with chocolate. Wow.”
Wow is the word alright: surf speech paired with “gourmet” can either mean a successful combination of the two sides or just plain randomness. Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t read this until after tasting.
Because the fact is I’m growing rather fond of these chocolate-covered cherry jelly beans. I hardly know what constitutes a gourmet jelly bean since I’ve barely ever tasted any not made by Jelly Belly. But I am coming to see that there is perhaps a reason why they are so dominant; I detect a great deal of balance. The chocolate is at just the precise thickness to make its presence distinctly, yet not overbearingly, known. Despite having chocolate and jelly beans paired up, I don’t feel like I’m eating too much sweet stuff. That may also be due to the nice, tiny size of the beans that I never took the time to appreciate before. And in case anyone needed to ask, no, the jelly beans do not taste like real cherries, and, no, the chocolate is not gourmet even if the jelly beans may be. But I find that, in this case, I really don’t care. It isn’t as if there are negative flavors.
My only complaint is that I wish the chocolate had the familiar white Jelly Belly stamp on it: it would complete the look so much more. Not that the stamp would slow me down eating these or anything like that.