You know it's going to be a great day at your food writing gig when the video crew asks you to eat some jelly beans on camera. However, I quickly discovered that all jelly beans are not created equal.
In this episode of Unboxed, Rudy and I paid homage to former President Ronald Reagan, who apparently had quite an affinity for Jelly Belly Jelly Beans. In fact, more than 3 tons of Jelly Belly's were sent to the White House for Reagan's inauguration party in 1981.
The object of Jelly Belly's BeanBoozled game is to basically humiliate yourself, while trying really hard not to vomit all over everything.
I don't care what political affiliation you represent, no one should have to endure treatment like this, nor should anyone want to eat jelly beans that mimic flavors of dead fish, moldy cheese or toothpaste.
Rudy did a really good job explaining the rules:
"Okay, so let's say there's two white ones, one tastes like something horrible, and one tastes awesome."
Going into this challenge, I had no idea what I was about to get into. There is nothing that can prepare you for the scent and flavor of dead fish slowly oozing out of a chewy candy shell. Nothing.
There's also a little flimsy spinner, which you use to determine your foul-tasting fate. Our first spin landed on toothpaste, which wasn't that bad, but immediately afterward made me think if I should actually be eating toothpaste.
As this challenge progressed, the more and more nauseous I became. Look at the difference between before and during this challenge.
It didn't take much to push me over the edge. Anyone that knows me personally, is pretty aware that I don't really like fish, and the second jelly bean we ate was dead fish.
Although I didn't ingest the awful tasting candies, the aftertaste was enough to keep me sick to my stomach the rest of the afternoon.
However, after completing this challenge, I plan on buying some of these jelly beans, not telling anyone about their foul nature and leaving them in a highly trafficked common area, where I can watch people helplessly shove a few in their mouth.
You've been warned.