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April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day

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If you like, you can have it green on April 22 such as in lime or green apple or kiwi. It is the day to celebrate a candy whose origins are unknown but the jelly center is a descendent of a Mid-Eastern confection known as Turkish Delight that dates back to Biblical times.

You can enjoy the day by sitting down and tossing back a few Draft Beer Jelly Belly® jelly beans that were introduced at Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and ISM in Cologne, Germany. It is a Hefeweizen-inspired ale flavor (non-alcoholic) and took three years to develop.

In other celebrations, Jelly Belly artist-in-residence, Kristen Cumings, will create a portrait of a Giant Panda in honor of National Jelly Bean Day and Earth Day at the Jelly Belly Visitor Center in California. Cumings will work on the portrait and sign autographs with visitors on Tuesday, April 22nd from 9 am. to 5 pm.

Cumings uses a mosaic technique to create the jelly bean portraits for this new series. Each work can use upwards of 10,000-14,000 Jelly Belly beans. Individual beans are placed by hand and applied to the large canvas

Fans who can't make it to the visitor center can join the celebration via Livestream. Watch the Giant Panda Portrait be made live by clicking the Livestream event through a "Panda Art Cam" link on JellyBelly.com and on Facebook.

If you have any extra jelly beans at home, you may want to get creative in a culinary way. There is a recipe for a white fudge called Jelly Bean Fudge at http://candy.about.com/od/fudgecandyrecipes/r/jellybeanfudge.htm. If you are adept with a candy thermometer, you can try jelly bean brittle. Finally, if you are a fan of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia', you will know that Charlie Kelly's favorite meal is Milk Steak With Jelly Beans.

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