Easter Bunny Alert! Caffeine in Jelly Beans


Nutrition Data Exposed- Processed Foods- The Jelly Bean

Today’s profiled processed food in “Nutrition Data Exposed” are the multi-colored, Easter time favorite candy……The Jelly Bean.

A few days ago I made my weekly trip to Costco with my kids to buy groceries for the week. My three year old Max was sitting in the shopping cart singing songs, hoping that they were giving out some yummy food samples. My two year old little girl Sophie was holding my hand with eager delight hoping that the “play house” was still there that has been displayed for the last two weeks.

“What are they mommy, my daughter asked. They are pretty.”

If it isn't bad enough that these jelly beans have high fructose corn syrup, every color under the rainbow of food dyes, car wax, and numerous chemicals..... but CAFFEINE?

Then all of a sudden, Sophie released my hand and ran up toward this HUGE display of brightly colored jelly beans. It felt like this sugared rainbow display drew Sophie to it as if there was as a secret spell around each and every glowing colored jelly bean.

“There is a PINK ONE” Sophie said.” Being a 2 year old little girl, the color pink means EVERYTHING!  Perhaps marketing companies know this about little girls which is why they added several variations of pink to the jelly beans.

As the magical brightly colored jelly beans drew my kids in like magnets, (probably backed by millions of dollars of research of how to attract kids,…….one mommy against millions of dollars of marketing,…………………I told my little ones that they were a type of candy called a jelly bean.

I explained to my kids  that jelly beans were a type of candy that was really sweet, it may taste good for a moment, but it is loaded with all types chemicals and artificial colors and it isn’t good to help their bodies grow strong and feel good. Not everything that tastes good at the moment is something you should eat I explained to my little ones.

Little kids as young as 2 and 3  listen to information like this, absorb it and really understand. It really is amazing!

Jelly Bean Ingredient List

I about fell over when I was reading the ingredient list of the Jelly Beans. If it is not bad enough to eat a jelly bean candy that has 63 ingredients in it, notice that the last ingredient on this list of jelly bean ingredients is caffeine. Not to mention that coffee is also listed as ingredient #58.

With coffee and caffeine being listed in the ingredients, is that DOUBLE the caffeine, or is the caffeine labeled twice so for the sole purpose of lowering it’s ranking on the ingredient list.?

The 63rd ingredient listed on these jelly beans is CAFFEINE!

List of Ingredients:

#1. Sugar

#2. Corn Syrup

#3-50 Chemicals and a little tiny bit of fruit concentrate…..etc Malic Acid, Phosphoric acid, Ascorbic Acid…….Lots of acid type ingredients

#50-60: Artificial Flavors and Artificial Food Dye Colors including: Red 40 Lake, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red 40, Blue 1

#58. Coffee? (Is that coffee flavoring, or did they also put coffee in the jellybeans?)

#59 Beeswax– Did you know that Beeswax is used in shoe and furniture polish? Yummy…eat up!

#61. Carnauba Wax– Did you know this wax is used to provide a shiny finish on car wax and in many cosmetics?

#63. Caffeine– I certainly do not want to feed  my 2 and 3 year old kids eating any of the ingredients in jelly beans, let alone caffeine!

If sugar, corn syrup, every food dye under the rainbow and car wax isn't bad enough..........CAFFEINE TOO!

The Easter Bunny May Want To Reconsider Giving Candy That Has 63 Ingredients In It Including Caffeine

Can you imagine baking something at home that requires 63 ingredients! Imagine shopping for all those ingredients and then mixing them all together. At your 63rd ingredients….AHHHHH finally my cookies are done.  No one would ever bake anything if it required 63 ingredients to make something!

With Easter approaching and jelly beans being a popular candy for the Easter Bunny to fill Easter baskets with, I hope the Easter Bunny  first reads the food label of ingredients before adding them.

Not to mention that  if you don’t want your kids bouncing off the walls from the sugar, the corn syrup, or the food dyes, then don’t give them jelly beans that also have caffeine in them!
I am not sure if all jelly beans have this, but I sure found a huge display of jelly beans that did.

I don’t think the Easter Bunny would want to give our kids chemicals and caffeine, do you?

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  1. Monica says:

    I can't be 100% sure (and I'm not defending jelly beans as health food) but I think that you might have misconstrued the situation. I believe that the list of 63 ingredients covers all the flavors of jelly beans–and that no one jelly bean contains all these ingredients! The lime flavored ones contain the lime juice concentrate, the pineapple ones contain the pineapple juice, and the coffee flavored ones contain coffee and caffeine. Actually, I'm pretty impressed that most of the flavors appear to be from natural fruit juices and purees! And I think keeping the caffeine away from the kids would be as simple as "editing" the coffee flavored ones, which they probably don't like anyway!

  2. livinghealthy1 says:

    Hello Monica,

    Thank you for your great points.

    I think we can both agree that every jelly bean in the container may or may not contain caffeine and/or every flavor on the list. Perhaps only the coffee flavored jelly bean, the Cappuccino jelly bean and the chocolate flavored jelly beans have caffeine in them. Who knows for sure?

    Regardless of how many jelly beans contain caffeine, I don’t think it is reasonable to expect moms to sift through a massive Costco size of jelly beans, sorting through hundreds of multi-colored candies to determine which ones have caffeine and which ones don’t. I also wouldn’t want to bank on kids not liking certain jelly bean flavors that happen to have caffeine in them.

    In addition, what concerns me about having 63 ingredients in any product, is it makes it much easier to deceive the consumer. With this jelly bean example, the ingredients list all types of fruit purees and fruit concentrates making it seem healthier than it is. You will notice before the fruit concentrates are listed it says……. “contains LESS than 2% of the following”…..Peach Puree Concentrate….etc.

    Since ingredients are listed by quantity in the food, the main food content in these jelly beans are:

    1. Sugar.
    2. Corn syrup (sugar)
    3. Food starch

    Thanks for your response!

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  4. ypperin says:

    Monica, noticing that caffeine is almost last on the list shows how small the amount of it is used.