Did you know that April 22, 2014, is National Jelly Bean Day? Oh my! Lately anytime you go into the grocery store you see tons of varieties of jelly beans. I did not know there was a national day. The jelly bean, just in case you don’t know, is a small bean-shaped candy that has a soft shell with a gel interior and comes in just about a thousand different flavors–well, not actually a thousand. Credit for the first jelly bean is usually given to Boston confectioner William Schrafft. He encouraged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the Civil War. Historians think the jelly bean was first linked with the celebration of Easter as early as the 1930s. Today we eat jelly beans to celebrate Easter as well as other holidays, but there are some of us who eat jelly beans any day of the week. And jelly beans can be used for more than eating. They are an excellent decorating tool as well as a craft tool. Personally, I love eating jelly beans. My favorite flavors are pineapple and watermelon. What’s your favorite flavor? Also, if you are looking for jelly bean books check out Danny’s Doodles: The Jelly Bean Experiment by David A. Adler and The Giant Jelly Bean Jar by Marcie Aboff.