The most common and popular jelly candy is, of course, the jelly bean. The earliest reference to jelly beans is associated with Boston candy maker William Schrafft who urged people to send his jelly beans to Union soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Jelly beans became a wide-spread American treat in the early 20th Century, sold with other penny candies, and in the 1930’s jelly beans became synonymous with Easter most likely due to its egg-like shape. Jelly candy comes in many other forms including the gum drop and jellied fruits.
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