Coffee with Cream

Just as it seems coffee has been around forever, so it seems we have always known each other as friends. Coffee is welcomed at any occasion. It's the drink that delights kings and commoners alike, and it's the thing that brings us together across a table...or across many miles. So sit down and let me serve you a cup....

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I am a mother of 3 wonderful boys. I love coffee and coffee table books. My favorite coffee is fresh ground from Starbucks. I totally, completely without waiver support our troops. I have had the honor of knowing someone who has just returned home from the war. He is very near and dear to my heart and I love him for fighting for our freedom. I am a huge fan of the city of New York. I love the city and all it has to offer. I am originally from Middle Georgia, which makes me a Georgia Peach!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

History of Jelly Beans....

Like many candy products, the origin of Jelly Beans in not exactly known but many experts believe a derivative of this candy dates back to Biblical times. To clarify, an offshoot of the soft centered jelly bean was a confection referred to as Turkish Delight, which originated in Istanbul, Turkey. While it wasn't a jelly bean, it was a candy with a firm outer shell and a soft, chewy center. As per the soft round jelly bean, the candy is an offshoot of Confetti which we know as Jordan Almonds. This candy is manufactured using a process called panning which has its origins in 17th Century France. The operation is quite simple and has changed little over the centuries. In creating Jordan Almonds, raw nuts were put in a bowl filled with sugar and syrup and, literally, rocked until the almonds were coated. Initially, this was done by hand, however, today, this process is automated. As to when panning was applied to Jelly Beans remains open for speculation but experts feel that it occurred in the late 1800's as the earliest recorded advertisement was made by William Schraft in which he promoted sending these treats to Union Soldiers engaged in the Civil War. In the early 1900's, Jelly Beans became a staple penny candy item and were one, of not the, first confecitonary items to be sold by weight hence the claim that they were the first bulk candy. The peak season for Jelly Beans is Easter and it wasn't until the 1930's that they became part to the festive tradition. As the egg shape represents fertility and birth, the jelly bean serves as a perfect holiday metaphor. the fictional and beloved Easter Bunny is believed to deliver eggs as a sign of the coming of spring and spiritual rebirth. Jelly Beans continue to be an American favorite and approximately 14 billion were sold last year!! If you lined these end to end, they would circle the globe three times!!
Just a little Easter trivia for you...better late than never : ) I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!!! Cup of coffee?
With Love, Sherry