I’m certain I mentioned my mom several million times around Mother’s Day this year. I probably mentioned how awesome she is. I know, most people think their mom is awesome. But mine really is, even if she isn’t your mother.

 

My mom is cooler than your mom

 

That’s my mom. You know, the chick on the right. (I am in the middle and yes, something funny is going on with my eye. Sister on the left. She’s almost as funny as me. Almost.)

 

A little over a year ago, my mother lost her sister to cancer. It was a long and painful battle. About a month ago, she lost her mother. She used to speak to her sister and mother everyday, so now there is this sort of empty gap.

My mother, is quite possibly the last person to deserve this pain. She is constantly giving to others. If I asked her for the shirt off of her back she would give it to me because she places her children’s happiness above her own. I know that most people say they would, but she legitimately would give up anything to her children or loved ones if they were in need. She would do anything for her family. ANYTHING.

I decided to dedicate this post to my mom. She happens to be a lover of chocolate and Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. These chocolate covered jelly beans make a wonderful gift, party favor, a sweet treat on each of your guest’s place settings, or a fun project with the kids. In my case this was a project with other 20-somethings. Yup, no kids, but thankfully chocolate and jelly beans work for any age.

 

There are a plethora of uses for these chocolate covered beans. Don’t fret if you think the combination is too sweet. Some combinations were exceptional.

My mom couldn’t care less, so long as Jelly Bellies are involved.

 

All that you need are:

- Jelly Bellies

- milk, dark, or white chocolate

- toothpicks

-  something to stick the toothpicks in, such as styrofoam or an orange

 

 

Okay so this is so simple that if you comment about how this is too much work for you, then I suspect you have been wedged (stuck) into your loveseat for several years, watching infinite DVRed reruns of The Jerry Springer Show. Like one of those people who complains about having to turn an oven on to cook a premade frozen meal.

This is easy peasy. Or whatever.

Here is what you do:

-Pick out your beans.

Pick out a yummy combination of jelly beans

This is a mixture of pina colada and margarita Jelly Bellies. Not a conventional pick of jelly bean flavors to go with chocolate, but it actually worked out well.

 

I also tried dipping…

 very cherry + milk chocolate =

 

                      Chocolate covered cherries. I kid you not they tasted remarkably close.

 

 

orange sherbet + white chocolate=

 

Creamsicle. No need for the ice cream truck to come around the neighborhood.

Speaking of, since when does it cost over $3.00 for an ice cream bar from the ice cream man (or woman)?? I had to smack and push masses of little kids to get first in line when the ice cream truck pulled up to my street. Handed the ice cream man my dollar (or pennies that added up to a dollar, but really, who is keeping tabs anyway) only to have him give me the look of death. Damn you, inflation.

coconut  + dark chocolate =

 

Mounds bar. The combination did not occur until I actually bit in. Holy crap. I don’t even like Mounds or coconut all that much but these were good.

 

 

Some other Jelly Belly flavors that could also taste good dipped in chocolate:

cappuccino

 

toasted marshmallow.. like a s’more!

 

 

strawberry cheesecake… this would go very well with white chocolate.

 

French vanilla

 

raspberry

 

caramel corn

 

 

chocolate pudding.. with chocolate it would be double chocolate pudding, with white chocolate it might be like a black and white.

 

Or just visit a candy store and see what you can experiment with.

 

Once you have picked out your flavors:

 

-Stick a toothpick into the jelly bean. I know, mind boggling.

 

-Pick out a flavor of chocolate. Dark, milk, or white. I choose depending on the flavor of the jelly bean I am using.

 

-Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. If you melt in microwave, only heat it in 20 second spurts and stir the chocolate with a spoon until smooth.

 

-I let the chocolate cool for a few minutes. Then I dip the beans into the chocolate.

 

-Tap the toothpick against the side of the bowl to shake off excess chocolate

 

Then stick the toothpick into a piece of styrofoam or even a fruit, such as an orange.

Dip them and stick them to dry chocolate covered jelly beans

 

Wait for it to dry. This is so hard.

I dipped my margarita and pina colada jelly beans in both milk and white chocolate.

Margarita and Pina Colada chocolate covered jelly beans

You can put them into a canning jar (you know, the ones everyone uses in craft and food photos to make everything look “natural” and “pretty”) and give them as a gift. This would be wonderful for mother’s day. If you have kids this is something they can make as a gift for family members for the holidays.

Put them in a jar

You can make them into centerpieces or decoration for the bajillion kinds of parties in existence….Such as, a shower. Or a bachelorette party. Or one of those parties people have for Sex in the City movie premieres. Are they making more of those?

Martini chocolate covered jelly beans

See that little olive?

I used a toothpick and pink candy melts to dab on a little pink dot.

Use a toothpick to dab pink on the end olive

Then spear them with a toothpick.

Martini chocolate covered jelly beans

You could use shot glasses that look like mini martini glasses.

Chocolate covered jelly beans in mini martini glasses

Because the mini version of everything is always better than the original.

If you are aiming for something more suitable for children or a more general audience you can make something like this:

Chocolate covered jelly beans make a great sundae

Umm yes that is a sundae. I made the whipped cream portion by gluing together white jelly beans using melted white chocolate.

Use white chocolate to make them stick together

I made a base, then added smaller circles on top of each layer.

Use a paint brush or a toothpick to get rid of any excess white chocolate as it is drying.

Chocolate covered jelly beans make a great sundae 2

My mom is cool. She should get Jelly Bellies every day because she deserves it. You should be jealous.

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17 Responses to Chocolate Covered Jelly Beans

  1. This is such a fabulous idea (love both jelly beans & chocolate, too)! But most of all, you’re a dear for loving your mom so much. :-)

  2. Eftychia says:

    You all look beautiful!!!

  3. Barbara says:

    Jasmin, what a beautiful family picture! Love the jelly bean ideas…can’t wait to try them. So nice to hear that you cherish your mom…still miss mine so much.

  4. There you go with the freaky-awesome genius stuff again! :D

  5. These recipes are SO creative and fun!!!!
    I love the photos!
    Charlie
    13 year old food blogger
    http://www.charliebakes.blogspot.com

  6. josie says:

    Thank so much,Jasmin. I’m still munching on the jelly bellies
    leftover from your project. Only you come out with such ingenious ideas!

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  8. Miss K. says:

    I melted some ‘dove’ dark chocolate, but it stayed too soft, didn’t harden. Too messy to handle. Wrong dark?

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