Soon after Ronald
Reagan became Governor of California in 1967, he began eating “pectin” jelly
beans made by Herman Goelitz Candy Company, in order to help him give up a pipe-smoking
habit. When Herman Goelitz’s Jelly Bellies first appeared on the market in
1976, Reagan quickly switched to them.
tons of Jelly Bellies were shipped to the White House for the 1981 Inaugural
festivities. Blueberry, one of the most popular current flavors, was developed
for President Reagan’s inauguration so that there would be red, white and blue
jelly beans at the festivities. A jar of Jelly
Bellies on the Cabinet table.
Reagan became President, his Jelly Bellies were supplied by Herman Roland, who
President Reagan’s favorite Jelly Belly flavor was licorice.
* From 1978 to 2001 Jelly
Bellies were jointly manufactured by two companies, based in northern