The Serious Eats Field Guide To Jelly Belly Identification

[Illustrations: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Photographs: Robyn Lee]

It's not too often that you need a formal Field Guide to tell foods apart. (A carrot and an orange may be roughly the same color, but we're betting you've never confused the two.) But Jelly Belly beans? There are only so many different shades those little guys can muster. Is there anything weirder than expecting cherry, and getting cinnamon? Looking for a tangerine and biting into cantaloupe?

We wanted to spare you that pain. So we set out to taste and identify all 50 flavors, plus investigate the extra Jelly Belly brands like Cocktail Classics, Chocolate Dipped, Cold Stone Ice Cream Parlor Mix, and all the rest.