As soon as the holidays were over, it seemed we had a week of normalcy and then the next holiday is upon us: Valentine's Day. While not a huge holiday for some folk, there is a growing number of seasonal items related to this day that are making their way back on shelves.
If you are a fan of Trader Joe's Xs and Os Gummies, Trader Joe's Mini Heart Cookies, or even Trader Joe's Lemon Cookie candle, they have made their way back onto shelves this year. But as always be warned, anything seasonal or limited run has the risk of not being seen again.
However, Trader Joe's Jelly Bean Hearts do make a solid addition to the growing line of Valentine's Day items.
Now I'm pretty sure I've seen a misshapen jelly bean or two in my life. I'm pretty sure someone said, "look it looks like a heart." Someone probably thought about that and decided to market them as Valentine's Day candy.
But what comes out of this little bag is a good-tasting Jelly Bean. If you are familiar with the somewhat seasonal variety of jelly beans that Trader Joe's puts out around Easter time, then you are familiar with the quality.
If you've ever had bad cheap jelly beans then you know it ends up pretty flavorless and waxy. Both the Easter-themed beans and these are quite fruity despite the vagueness of fruit mentioned in the ingredients.
While the ingredients mention pineapple, orange, and apple I was tasting anything but those flavors. For me, it seems the three flavors are something closer to black currant (red with black spots), cranberry (red), coconut (white), and strawberry (pink).
Like any bag of jelly beans, I wasn't wild about the coconut ones as they reminded me of what suntan lotion probably tastes like.
Now speaking of the ingredients there does not seem to be any gelatin present, but there is beeswax listed which would not make this a vegan-friendly item.
However, for $0.99 this is inexpensive, affordable, and they taste pretty well made. So if you like them buy a few because this is probably a really limited run.
Otherwise, you'll be stuck waiting for Easter with the next batch of jelly beans which are far more diverse in flavors.
Would I buy this again? Yes, for me Trader Joe's Jelly Bean Hearts is worthy of a repurchase.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The bag of Trader Joe's Jelly Bean Hearts:
Calories and ingredients
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Trader Joe's Jelly Bean Hearts
Product Name: Trader Joe's Jelly Bean Hearts
Product Description: Trader Joe's now sells seasonal jelly beans just in time for Valentine's Day.
Trader Joe's Jelly Bean Hearts are a new addition to a growing line of seasonal Valentine's Day items hitting shelves.
- Inexpensive at $0.99
- Have good flavor
- Don't taste like cheap jelly beans