- 1 Pound bag
- Mixed Flavors
Surprise #1: I didn’t care for the bacon. I love all things bacon, but this one just didn’t quite do it for me.
Surprises #2 & #3: The Chipotle and Thai Chili are indescribably delicious. They both had wonderful savory flavors. They had a little heat to them, but not painful at all. They were just simply delicious.
Surprise #4: The Habenero is also very flavorful. I tried one by itself at first, because I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. It had a good flavor and a nice kick. It wasn’t as extreme as I’d feared. Just be careful though, because jelly beans naturally stick to your teeth and gums. These beans are too hot to loiter in your mouth like that. You’re much better off chewing, swallowing, and then cleaning them out of your teeth. As far as the heat goes though, I ate a handful of five of these and they were pretty comfortable. I wouldn’t want to eat more than that, because that’s not a good way to enjoy them.
The Wasabi is also really good. I really like the taste of wasabi, so this was a great treat. It’s not too hot, just a good flavor. If it’s too extreme for you, then eat two or three and add another flavor like Himalayan Sea Salt.
I also love ginger, so this flavor was a great one for me too.
This assortment really surprised me. I expected these flavors to be too extreme to enjoy, almost to the point of being more of a gag gift. Not true. These are very tasty and they make a great snack. Just keep your hands off my Chipotle beans, because I called dibs on ’em.
For adults only!
I was fortunate to receive a sampler pack that included the all twenty different flavors currently available. However, I was most looking forward to the spicy hot ones that are included only in the Man Mix and they didn’t let me down: they are a treat.
The habanero beans have a clean, fresh habanero flavor, not a generic pepper taste, with the expected amount of heat and just a little fruitiness.
The chipotle jelly beans have a beautiful reddish color and that lingering smoky taste that is found only in chipotle peppers, with a moderate heat.
The Thai chili has a similar level of spiciness and a flavor true to the small whole chilies served as a condiment in Thai restaurants.
The unique wasabi flavor really develops as the jelly bean is chewed until your tongue is so happy it won’t sit still. If you like to munch on wasabi peas, try these.
Then there are three flavors included in the Man Mix that are also included in the David’s Signature Beyond Gourmet Jelly Beans Flavor Sampler.
The Himalayan sea salt jelly bean is instantly recognizable because of the distinctive mineral flavor. I was impressed that they are not unpleasantly salty. How did they do that? It must have been difficult to get this one right but I like the results. These are also good as a palate cleanser after some of the more intense flavors or with the pepper-flavored ones.
The bacon jelly bean reminds me more of cured country ham than bacon, with roughly equal notes of pork, salt, smoke, and sweet. I don’t eat much meat and at first I didn’t particularly care for their intensity, similar to ham base, but when I started combining them with half of a pepper- or wasabi-flavored bean, I enjoyed them much more and was very sorry when they were all gone. They are also good with half of a black cherry jelly bean.
The ginger ones have a very explosive flavor much like crystallized ginger but without the chewy fibers. These are also good in a triple combination with the bacon and wasabi flavors.
This is not just a novelty selection of candy with unique savory flavors, these are really great jelly beans. I am keeping my fingers crossed that David’s Signature Beyond Gourmet will come up with other distinctive flavors such as bhut jolokia and rocoto peppers, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, black peppercorn, dill pickle, crab spice, and curry!