It turns out that Jelly Belly jelly beans are vegan. (Well, they use a little bee's wax to make them shine, but otherwise, they're without any animal product at all.)
This has presented me with something of an issue this week, which I'm not willing to say too much about. (Except, perhaps the purchase of the TWO POUND bag was an error in judgment.)
Anyway, I was
I HATE black licorice flavored jelly beans.
Usually, I go through the (incredibly modest) bag and pull out all of the black ones in advance so I don't accidentally eat one. I didn't do that this time, daunted, no doubt, by the sheer enormity of the task given such a large bag.
"GAH!" I said and ran to spit the black licorice one out.
"I don't know why they even MAKE these dang licorice ones, " I said to my daughter Katherine. "Nobody likes those. They should just leave them out. In fact, they should OUTLAW them!"
Katherine agreed. "Also, the white ones because they're gross. And these ones they say are mango, but really taste like Evil."
"And those root beer ones, those are really gross," I said.
I looked at her.
"Of course, there are probably other people who think we should outlaw the cinnamon ones or the orange ones or those cappuccino ones--imagine!--and then all we'd be left with is the cherry ones or something."
"Probably, it's a better idea to just let people choose the flavors they like and NOT CHOOSE the ones they don't like. Probably, the best idea is just to give people choices, rather than outlawing the ones we don't like just because WE don't like them. I don't AGREE with people who like the black licorice ones, but I can respect the idea that we're all different and we all get to make our own choices."
Deep thoughts from the candy aisle.