If you know me, you know that sometimes I can be somewhat of a jelly bean fanatic. I don’t know when it first started, but I do know the candy store next to the college campus didn’t help at all. I frequented that store, as well as other candy shops in the subsequent cities I lived in, searching for a wall of those clear plastic containers filled with individual jelly bean flavors.
A few months ago, I got a jelly bean lover’s dream gift – a jelly bean machine. Since receiving it, I almost feel like my joy of jelly beans has possibly grown. Not just because of those delightful beans, but because the fun of getting the beans from this coin operated machine just makes it so much more fun.
That being said, here are my top 6 reasons for why everyone should have a jelly bean machine!
1. You’ll feel like a kid again.
Do you remember passing those glass containers with red tops filled with candy when you’re a kid? You probably always wanted something but rarely (if ever) got to enjoy coin-dispensed candy. Well now you can get that same thrill without having to leave the house.
2. It will help you save money.
If you leave the coin operation feature on, this bean machine almost acts like a piggy bank, happily storing the coins you insert to release the beans.
3. You’ll get your candy fix whenever you want.
Sometimes you might just have that itch for something sweet. Now you can have jelly beans on demand.
4. But not too much candy…
My machine spits out between 5-6 beans per coin. You are really aware when you’re going back for seconds since you have to hunt down another penny. It just might make you stop at those 5 beans. This will also help your jelly bean stash last longer.
5. And it won’t got bad if you don’t eat it right away.
Jelly beans have a great shelf life – up to 2 years for some beans (and some say jelly beans never expire.) While the beans might get a little harder, I’ve eaten beans that were several months old and didn’t suffer any ill consequences (and I enjoyed every last bean.)
6. It is a cool and colorful decoration for your home.
With it’s glass globe and bright red coloring, this machine will catch everyone’s eye when the come to visit. It will make your house that much cooler just for having one.
If you’d like to give a Jelly Bean Machine a new home, you can find them in some candy stores or online. If you just want to “dabble” in Jelly Bean Machine ownership, Amazon is selling the Jelly Belly Mini Bean Machine for just $18.93. The one I have (and the one pictured) is the 10 inch Jelly Belly Bean Machine, which is on sale for $30.00.
Jelly Belly Flavor Tip:
Forget those pre-packaged mixes. Find a store that sells beans by the flavor and stock-up on your favorites. If you’re looking for a good place to start, here’s a list of my favorite Jelly Belly flavors.
Disclaimer: No compensation was given for this review/giveaway. I received this Jelly Belly Machine and all the beans held inside as a birthday present. All opinions are my own.