A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 17, 2017
Jelly Bean

The origin of the “jelly bean” (a small bean-shaped sugar candy) is unknown. “Jelly beans” was cited in the Dallas (TX) Morning News on November 21, 1885, and in the Fort Worth (TX) Daily Gazette on December 4, 1885.

Frank Capera, of Capera & Brothers confectionery in Fort Worth, possibly made the first jelly beans.


Wikipedia: Jelly bean
Jelly beans are small bean-shaped sugar candies with soft candy shells and thick gel interiors. The confection comes in a wide variety of colors and flavors, and is primarily made of sugar.

History
It is generally thought that jelly beans first surfaced in 1861, when Boston confectioner William Schrafft urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War. It was not until July 5, 1905, that jelly beans were mentioned in the Chicago Daily News.

21 November 1885, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “The General Local Market,” pg. 7, col. 2:
CANDIES—(...) jelly beans, 90c, ...

Chronicling America
4 December 1885, Fort Worth (TX) Daily Gazette, pg. 3, col. 2:
OVER THE BLUFF.
AND THE CITY OF FORT WORTH WILL HAVE A DAMAGE SUIT ON HAND.
(...)
There were candies from Capera & Bro., ...
(...)
But the candy—ask the small boy who was on hand about that candy. Chocolate, caramels, jelly beans, lemon, sassafras and peppermint stick, taffy, French confections were mingled as they never were before, with here and there a sprinkling of glass from the pulverized vases.

3 March 1886, Montgomery (AL) Advertiser, pg. 7, col. 3 ad:
WANTED—All the little girls and boys in Montgomery to come to my stand to buy your chewing gum, candy (kisses, jelly beans) ...

6 May 1886, Lane County Herald (Dighton, KS), pg. 9, col. 1:
CANDIES.—A few varieties of the candy to be found at Bloodgoods: (...) lemon drops, jelly beans, hand made chocolate creams, ...

9 December 1886, Decatur (IL) Weekly Republican, pg. 4, col. 5 ad:
CHRISTMAS CANDIES
CONSISTING OF
(...)
Cream Pears, Cream Mice, Cream Babies,
Jelly Beans, and many other varieties.
(...)
PETER ULLRICH

14 December 1886, Newton (KS) Daily Republican, pg. 4, col. 3:
CHRISTMAS CANDIES.
Read the List and Buy What Pleases you.
(...)
... gold ring, jelly beans, pool balls, ...

8 December 1887, Brownstown (IN) Banner, pg. 5, col. 2:
You’ll find at Scott’s popular restaurant assorted toys, cream animals, sugar toys, chewing gum, candy crab apples, candy california apricots, candy jelly beans, Christmas mix, cocoa pudding, and candies of all descriptions.

17 December 1887, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, pg. 8, col. 1 ad:
Crawford’s Christmas Family box, 8 lbs., containing most delicious fruit dips, jelly rolls, burnt peanuts, marshmallows, chocolate creams, jelly beans, cocoanut balls, etc., etc., $1.

Chronicling America
10 February 1889, The Sun (New York, NY), pg. 15, col. 1 ad:
CONFECTIONER—Wanted on pan work, first-class man for jelly beans and other goods. GREEN & LACKWELL, 109 Duane st.

24 February 1889, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, pg. 1, col. 3 ad:
CANDY DEP’T.
(...)
Jelly Beans
(D. Crawford & Co.—ed.)

19 June 1891, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), “In and About Kentucky,” pg. 4, col. 6:
It is hardly possible that so old a hand at the bellows failed to learn during his stay in Peducah how to blow in his money for “jelly beans” and get a cigar thrown in with every half-dozen beans.

27 May 1907, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Mortuary Matter,” pg. 7, col. 3:
Fort Worth, Tex., May 26.—Frank Capera, 52 years of age, died at the city hospital this morning after a long illness. The body is being held pending the advices from out-of-town relatives.

Posted by Barry Popik
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