Did You Know The Blueberry Jelly Belly Flavour Was Developed For President Ronald Reagan?

Ronald Reagan became Governor of California 1967. He decided thereafter he wanted to quit pipe-smoking and therefore took up eating jelly beans. No sooner than did jelly bellies hit the market, he switched to them.

Ronald Reagan Blueberry Jelly Belly

It was in 1981 when Reagan became the 40th President of the United States. For the inauguration festivities that were taking place, three and a half tons of jelly bellies were shipped to the White House.

In order to mark the event, the new blueberry jelly belly flavour was developed. This would mean that there would blue, red and white jelly bellies at the festivities, the colours of the US flag.

Today, the blueberry jelly belly is one of the favourite flavours of consumers. So if it weren’t for Ronald Reagan, there might not have been a blueberry jelly belly!

A portrait of Ronald Reagan, made from 10 000 jelly bellies hangs in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library!

So there you have it, you now know how a former US president was linked to a popular sweet.


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