Do You Know What the Nation’s Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavor Is? There’s New Taste at the Top!

Considering how fast Easter is approaching, I felt that this infographic and list was a perfect fit for all of you jellybean lovers out there.
I was provided this very fun (!!) and insightful infographic on the most popular jellybean flavors. Guess what! There is a shake-up in this list!

This piece is from and it was written by Clair Robins

Using the jelly bean sales data from the last 10 years and SurveyMonkey and Facebook polls of over 12,000 candy customers and followers, we ranked the most loved jelly bean flavors in all 50 states and the 32 most popular flavors nationally. We weighted sales and survey data at 90/10 respectively, and favored recent sales data over older data. Here are our results.

National Ranking
We ranked the top 30 jelly bean flavors rankings across the country based on over 12,000 votes and over a decade of jelly bean sales data.

There is a new king in town this year. Last year, Black Licorice was the top Jelly Bean, but it has been unseated!

Source: 10+ years bulk candy sales data from

#1 Buttered Popcorn
Yes, it’s polarizing. But it’s also America’s number one favorite jelly bean flavor. Thousands of people love this smooth, salty and savory jelly bean the best, while others scrunch up their noses when it’s mentioned. Some even write nasty comments about it in their survey form… 🙂 But when the results were tallied, more people loved buttered popcorn flavor than any other.

Here is the rest of the list of flavors. There are many states that liked popcorn flavor and there were flavors that had duplicate votes as well!

#2 Black Licorice
Black licorice was one of the original Jelly Belly jelly bean flavors back in the 1970s and reigned supreme as the #1 favorite …until this year. It’s a classic.

#3 Cinnamon
Some like it sweet, some like it spicy. According to over 12,000 Americans and data, cinnamon is now the country’s 3rd favorite jelly bean, up 2 whole spots over last year. That’s a big jump!

Have you noticed that none of the top 3 are sweet or fruity flavors? That surprised me.

#4 Watermelon
Refreshing watermelon jelly beans are irrefutably delicious. That’s why we’re not surprised this classic jelly bean flavor is the fourth most popular in America.

#5 Cherry
Cherry jelly bean, you’re still doing pretty well for yourself as far as popularity goes. Jelly Belly actually reports that cherry was the jelly bean of choice for over 20 years until buttered popcorn usurped its throne. However, cherry made a bit of a comeback in 2003 and outshone buttered popcorn once again. According to the American people who shop at our online candy store and those took our survey, it looks like for now cherry is in buttered popcorn’s shadow yet again. Better luck next year, cherry!

#6 Pear / Juicy Pear
This light, sweet, and delicate flavor has proven itself to be a crowd fave. If you haven’t given juicy pear jelly beans a chance, grow a pear and try some!

#7 Orange
Orange you glad the candy industry invented orange flavored jelly beans? We sure are! And so are the thousands of people who voted orange flavored jelly beans as their all-time favorite.

#8 Green Apple
People can’t get enough of the sour pucker of green apple jelly beans. These tiny beans explode with juicy apple flavor in ways people never tire of.

Ok we’re really making up for the lack of fruity flavors in the top 3 now!

#9 Toasted Marshmallow
Americans want to know if they can have s’more toasted marshmallow jelly beans. That’s because they love them tremendously! This ninth favorite jelly bean tastes wonderful when mixed with chocolate jelly beans or when it’s eaten by itself.

#10 Coconut
If you like piña coladas, then you’ll adore coconut jelly beans. These creamy and sweet treats have people going nuts over them.

#11 Strawberry
Strawberry fields forever might be the anthem of those who voted strawberry jelly beans as their favorite flavor. Try them and see if they make you sing this tune too!

#12 Cotton Candy
Cotton candy seems like a wild card. However, everyone has to let out their inner child in one way or another. Maybe that’s why cotton candy jelly beans are America’s 12th favorite.

#13 Blueberry
We’re not sure about every brand of jelly bean, but we do know blueberry jelly beans were created by Jelly Belly for Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981. The president was a huge fan of these tiny beans and kept them in the White House throughout his Presidency.

#14 Bubblegum
Love bubblegum flavored jelly beans? So do hundreds of other Americans. You can’t chew these tiny beans for long, but they are full of a long-lasting fruity flavor that true bubblegum addicts adore.

#15 Root Beer
Rooting for root beer? If you voted for this flavor, you helped make root beer jelly beans the nation’s 15th most popular! To blow your mind next time you eat some, mix in vanilla jelly beans for a root beer float effect.

#16 Peach
Everything is peachy keen for peach flavored jelly beans. People love its subtle fruitiness and juicy burst of flavor.

#17 Coffee
Caffeine-aholics don’t just stop at a cup of Joe; they dive into coffee flavored jelly beans too! This 17th favorite jelly bean flavor in the country won’t keep you awake, but it will keep you coming back for more.

#18 Grape
People who love grape jelly beans say, “they’re grape!” You will too if you try these purple, yummy jelly beans.

#19 Lemon
Pucker up! Hundreds of people have a penchant for lemon jelly beans—and taste buds of steel to handle their tartness.

#20 Red Apple
Those who love apple flavor without the punch go for red apple jelly beans. These bright red jellies might look like cherry or cinnamon, but their distinct flavor makes it obvious once you take a bite.

#21 Chocolate
Chocaholics agree that chocolate flavored jelly beans are just as good as a bar—maybe even better!

#22 Banana
Instead of peeling a banana, skip the fuss by trying banana jelly beans. Although these yellow candies don’t have potassium, they do have lots of authentic banana flavor.

#23 Lime
Lime is sublime to many jelly bean fans. This tart jelly bean doesn’t disappoint with its burst of citrus.

#24 Sour Jelly Beans
Those who gobble up cherry, lime, green apple, and lemon candies, sour candy straws and Sour Patch Kids go crazy for the sour variety. These jelly beans have all the fruity flavor with added pucker power. Sour

#25 Tutti Frutti
It’s hard to put into words what tutti frutti tastes like. It’s kind of like fruit punch, sort of similar to sherbet, and has a hint of bubblegum in there. Maybe the fans who voted for tutti frutti jelly beans have solved this enigma?

#26 Maple
Love maple? Avoid the sticky stuff by opting for maple jelly beans instead!

#27 Vanilla
Vanilla is anything but boring. This sweet, warm flavor never goes out of style, mixes with practically any other flavor, and has proven to be America’s 27th favorite jelly bean!

#28 Cream Soda
Vanilla and cream soda are pretty darn close taste-wise. In fact, in a blind taste test only the most sophisticated palates might be able to distinguish between the two. Given that fact, it’s no surprise that these two flavors are neck-and-neck, coming in 27th and 28th in America’s favorite jelly bean flavor ranking.

#29 Raspberry
Whoever heard of a snozzberry? Not many people. But lots have heard of raspberries and specifically, raspberry flavored jelly beans! These crowd favorite beans are America’s 29th most popular.

#30 Pomegranate
Pomegranate is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and more. We wish the same could be said for the jelly bean variety. However, these little beans possess all of the delicious pomegranate flavor people crave.

I don’t know about you but I LOVE popcorn flavored jelly beans. I also have quirky favorites like champagne, coffee, maple but I also like sour fruit and regular fruity flavors like pineapple, coconut, raspberry, pomegranate, toasted marshmallow, cherry and citrus flavors. That’s just me. I like to mix it up (and I have been known to pop a couple of coconut and pineapple jellybeans into my mouth at a time for that pina colada flavor!!

There is more to this piece. Clair Robins also have a list of the 50 US states and what top 3 jellybean flavors were for each state.
You might want to pop on over to the website HERE to see the rest of the very interesting piece that Clair Robins wrote!

Stevie Wilson,




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