Jelly Belly Identification and Flavor Guide

Jelly Belly jelly beans are universally popular, but how do you tell the different colors apart what do they taste like? This Jelly Belly identification guide describes 49 Jelly Bellies along with what each tastes like. Let's get started!

How To Identify Jelly Belly Jelly Beans by Color and What They Taste Like:


There are only three Jelly Bellies in the white group.

A&W Cream Soda is a transparent white and actually tastes like cream soda... which is good or bad depending on if you like cream soda.

Coconut is a pure, opaque white which tastes more like toasted coconut than plain coconut. The flavor is pure, obvious and strong.

French Vanilla is a grey-white opaque jelly bean with tiny black specks. Some won't have any specks but they can be differentiated from the coconut by their darker color. The flavor is vanilla, but is very artificial.


The yellows are the second largest group. When this is the case, two samples were photographed showing the range of colorations.

Buttered Popcorn is a very pale opaque yellow over layed with darker yellow blotches. Like many Jelly Bellies with two colors, many of these will have very little or no darker markings. It tastes like it's popcorn with too much artificial butter flavoring.

Pina Colada is a light yellow translucent (half way between transparent and opaque) jelly bean with notes of coconut and milk.

Lemon Drop is light transparent yellow splashed with white. It tastes harshly lemony, but if you like a strong punch of lemon you might enjoy this one. This is one of the rarer flavors.

Crushed Pineapple is the palest transparent yellow with a flavor that hints pineapple but struck me as mostly lemon.

Sunkist Lemon is a transparent medium yellow with a solid lemon kick.

Top Banana is an opaque yellow that's dark enough to almost look brown. It has brown blotches and has a strong, artificial banana flavor.




Caramel Corn is very pale orange with darker orange blotches. It tastes almost identical to Buttered Popcorn. I've tried it many times and have yet to taste caramel.

Sunkist Tangerine is a pale, transparent orange that hints are tangerine but has an overriding chemical note that covers it up.

Cantaloupe is less transparent and slightly whiter than the tangerine. The cantaloupe flavor is obvious and strongly aromatic.

Sunkist Orange is pure, transparent orange that hints at orange but mainly has an undefined citrusy flavor. Not bad, though. (These three oranges are very difficult to differentiate.)

Orange Sherbet is an opaque orange that tastes like a mixture of orange and milk.

Pink Grapefruit looks like a light orange jelly bean that's been frosted with a very pale yellow. It tastes like it's trying to taste like cantaloupe, but doesn't quite get there.

Peach jelly beans are dark orange splashed with red. The ripe peach flavor is strong, pure and absolutely delicious. Sometimes I think it leans a little more toward a nectarine, but either way it's great. Unfortunately it's one of the rarer flavors. This is my overall favorite.



Strawberry Cheesecake is a light opaque pink with red spots. I taste the strawberry first and get just a hint of cheesecake toward the very end. It has a chemical aromatic effect that I didn't care for.

Bubble Gum is a medium opaque pink that tastes like bubble gum. It's okay but not one of my favorites.

Cotton Candy is translucent medium pink and tastes more citrusy than the pure sugary sweetness of real cotton candy.

Tutti Fruitti is a medium dark opaque pink splashed with red, yellow, blue and green. I taste a mild fruity flavor mixed with cinnamon.

Strawberry Daiquiri Is an unattractive pink-orange with hints of slightly darker pink spots. I get a hint of strawberry mixed with an unpleasant artificial chemical note.



Sizzling Cinnamon is translucent red splashed with orange. It tastes of intensely hot cinnamon. I consider this the worst tasting Jelly Belly.

Very Cherry is almost identical to the pure transparent red cinnamon making them impossible to differentiate. Placing all the pure reds on a piece of pink construction paper emphasizes the color differences enough to tell that the cinnamon is the lightest, very cherry next and sour cherry the darkest. But, the differences are so small that complete separation is impossible. It's a pity because while the cinnamon tastes like too-strong cinnamon and isn't very good, the very cherry has a pure cherry flavor that's quite nice.

Cinnamon Please see above comment.

Sour Cherry is a very slightly darker translucent red than very cherry and tastes much tarter.

Red Apple is a bright opaque red and has a strong apple flavor.

Strawberry Jam is translucent red with internal black spots and occasionally white exterior splashes. It tastes like the artificial strawberry jam packets in cheaper restaurants.

Pomegranate is dark transparent red with internal black spots. It has an odd, undefinable taste that's hard to describe. Unique, but not one of my favorites.

Raspberry is the darkest transparent red with no spots or splashes of color. It can be tricky to differentiate from pomegranates that don't have spots. Raspberry Jelly Belly jelly beans aren't overly sweet and have an honest raspberry flavor.



Mango has a light yellow transparent bean with pure green splotches. It has a strong mango flavor many may enjoy. It's one of the rarer Jelly Belly jelly beans. Sorting through six pounds of beans only turned up 20 of them.

Pear is a drab pale, translucent bean with small dark green flecks. Like the mango, it has a strong, honest pear flavor.

Lemon Lime is a very light transparent yellow green that has a great lemon lime kick. You'll think you're drinking Sprite soda! I like this one a lot.

Lime is medium transparent green with a lime-like flavor, but it won't make you smile like the brighter tasting Lemon Lime Jelly Belly.

Kiwi is opaque green. Like many of the opaques, it's slightly two-toned. The three flat areas are slightly darker than the ridges. It hints at kiwi but there's an odd chemical taste that sours it for me.

Margarita Jelly Bellys are dark transparent red splashed with darker green, though many won't have any spots. It has a hard-to-describe, mildly citrusy flavor that was slightly off-putting to me. Approach with caution.

Green Apple is transparent blue-green that has the barest hint of apple flavor. Not one I'd recommend.

Watermelon looks like an opaque brown Jelly Belly that has been lightly sprayed with dark green. It tastes like green watermelon that's had sugar added to balance it's tartness. I don't like it but admit it's interesting enough that many might enjoy it.




Berry Blue is an attractive transparent light blue that has a very bright, fruity flavor. I'm not sure if it tastes like berries but I like it.

Blueberry is a dark blue opaque Jelly Belly with a hint of blueberry flavor. I rate this as one of the better flavors.

Mixed Berry Smoothie is violet with dark purple blotches. It has a well balanced blend of sweetness and berry tartness. Very good.

Island Punch is a slightly darker opaque violet than the mixed berry smoothie jelly bean. It has a mild but pleasant punch-like flavor that's very nice.

Plum Now we're talking! This delicious dark blue jelly bean covered with splashes of white has an absolutely delicious plum flavor that's so good I rate it as a close second to Peach.



Toasted Marshmallow is opaque beige with brown splotches. It honestly tastes like toasted marshmallow, which is good or bad depending on whether or not you like toasted marshmallow.

A&W Root Beer is a transparent brown jelly bean with a deliciously clean root beer flavor. The problem is that it's identical to Cappuccino jelly beans that are missing their white blotches. It can be a shock to be expecting to taste root beer and suddenly discover you're chewing on coffee.

Dr. Pepper is a reddish-brown or maroon bean with a realistic Dr. Pepper taste.

Cappuccino is transparent brown with white blotches. It tastes very strongly of coffee. Many beans won't have any blotches.

Chocolate Pudding is a medium opaque brown with a chocolate pudding flavor that strikes me as being too artificial.

Wild Blackberry is an almost black opaque Jelly Belly with just a hint of purple. It can be hard to differentiate from the pure black licorice bean. I find that it has a delightful blackberry flavor that keeps me reaching for just one more. The problem is that like many of the best flavors it's one of the rarest. I found two dozen out of six pounds of 49-flavor Jelly Belly assorted beans.

Licorice is an opaque, jet black bean with a pure licorice flavor. If you enjoy licorice, you'll like this jelly bean.


Sorting and collecting Jelly Belly jelly beans is a pleasant pastime that enables people to discover and enjoy all of the Jelly Belly flavors.


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