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Jelly beans are actually covered in bug feces!!! The reason why the outer shell of a jelly bean is so shiny and hard is because it is covered in shellac! Now what is shellac you ask? Shellac is the excretions of an insect called Kerria Laca, found in Thailand. These excretions help this insect stick to trees! How is it then that jelly beans have shellac on them!? That's because companies scrape the feces off of the trees and make it into a liquid coating. Talk about yum!
Contributed by Heather Lupo
Jelly Belly has come up with a new jelly bean flavor: Draft Beer. Supposedly it tastes like a German Hefeweizen. I'm not a beer fan myself so it's not for me but I think it's amazing how many things they can make jelly beans taste like. Apparently it took about three years of tweaking to get this flavor right.
Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo