where’s the jelly?

is there really jelly in a jellybean?

let’s see…  wbdict says: a small candy made of jellied sugar, often shaped like a bean.

jellied sugar? okay.  I don’t know if Alton Brown has covered this or not.

Wikipedia has an interesting entry for them.  it includes the ingresdients area:

The basic ingredients of jelly beans include sugars, corn syrup, and food starch. Relatively minor amounts of lecithin (an emulsifier), anti-foaming agents, beeswax or carnauba wax, salt, and confectioner’s glaze are also added. The ingredients that give each bean its character are also relatively small in proportion and may vary depending on the flavor. These include natural and artificial flavors and colors, and, depending on the bean flavor, may include chocolate, coconut, fruit puree or juice, peanuts, vanilla, oils, cream, or freeze-dried egg, milk, or fruit powders.

Emulsified sugar, corn syrup, and starch, with assorted flavorings…

OK, and real jelly?

real jelly is made from real fruit.

The proper firmness of jelly and jam is achieved by mixing sugar and a thickener with fruit juice that has a high acid content, and then boiling the mixture. Pectin, a carbohydrate found in fruit, is the most commonly used thickener.  — WBO

would it be possible to create a jellybean that had actual jelly in the middle of the harder jellybean shell?

When I went to visit the lawyer the first time, he gave me a confection that was raspberry, where the center was semi-solid, maybe the consistency of the center of a gumdrop.  I keep looking for those things ever since then.  I can’t find them anywhere!