April 22 – National Jelly Bean Day

Happens every year about 1 1/2 weeks after Easter. According to National Geographic jelly beans are the 3rd most popular Easter candy. Former President Ronald Reagan loved jelly beans – so much that the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, California, has multiple exhibits dedicated to him, including portraits made entirely of jelly beans. The story goes that Reagan switched to jelly beans after quitting smoking. The president reportedly had jars of jelly beans on his desk and at official meetings.

Here’s some fun ways to celebrate this day:

Bake with jelly beans. Add them to your favorite baked good recipes, like super easy jelly bean fudge.

Make Jelly Bean Popcorn with this jelly bean popcorn recipe.

Try this white chocolate jelly bean bark that looks as good as it is delicious.

Make a  jelly bean egg’s nest with these coconut lemon macaroons.

Jelly Bean Sugar Cookies are made by adding jelly beans into a simple sugar cookie recipe.

Use jelly beans in school lessons.

Don’t forget to incorporate jelly beans into your math or science lessons or use jelly beans to construct bridges or other designs for a STEM activity.

Today’s activity: We’ve given you lots of ideas. We’ve had lots of fun building structures with jelly beans and toothpicks. What activity would you like to do today?

Post a picture of what you’re doing to celebrate National Jelly Bean day here.