Going belly up
A childish adventure
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2012 13:09
I went venturing into the crazy bustle on campus an hour before class this last Friday afternoon in hopes of the Memorial Union possessing my favorite Peace Tea and a tasty snack to get my hands on. After dodging some pedestrians who were texting while walking and walls of people, I made it alive to the Union’s general store next to the bookstore. Much to my surprise and sheer delight, there was a Raspberry Peace Tea sat on the cooler shelf beckoning my purchase.
My mission for a fantastic drink was accomplished with a grin and anxious taste buds. Now, to find a snack that would occupy my stomach for at least 50 more minutes of my afternoon of classes. Something healthy? Nah. Something salty? Maybe another day. Wandering around the store like a lost armadillo, a blue package caught my eyes and it read, “Jelly Belly: Kids Favorite Mix.” I had NO idea the Jelly Belly Candy Co. had such a mix!
Being affordable for my current money situation - gotta love being a college kid - I grabbed the blue package off the shelf and briefly read the flavors. Cotton Candy, Strawberry Jam, Blueberry, Bubblegum, Candy Apple and so many more; how could I refuse?! With the Peace Tea and Jelly Bellies in my hands, I rushed to the cashier to make my purchases of the day.
Strutting out of the store, I felt as though I hit a gold mine of goodness. Finding a spot in the grass on campus I sat down and ripped open the bag of jellybeans. Fresh and fruity smells lingered beneath my nostrils as I popped open the tab of my Raspberry Peace Tea, and began to enjsoy my day even more than I already was.
You wouldn’t think that there would be such a different in a regular bag of Jelly Bellys and the kids mix. Boy oh boy there’s a bit of a difference. As kids, if you can still remember the joy we found in the little things; we liked the best flavors! The regular Jelly Belly bag has some flavors that people aren’t fans of like Chili Mango, Licorice, Sizzling Cinnamon, Buttered Popcorn and others. But, like the original mix, the Kids Mix has flavors like Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, Strawberry Jam, Watermelon, Tutti-Frutti and you barely have to pick any jellybeans out with dislike!
If you have yet to spoil yourself with a bag of Jelly Belly: Kids Favorites, you haven’t let your taste buds go belly up! The regular Jelly Bellys have more variety but you might end up with a mound of jellybeans you don’t like very much. But, if you get the Kids Mix, I guarantee you will eat the entire bag and want more of those childhood memory beans. Now, go frolic to buy the wonderful, lighthearted blue bag for .99 cents. You won’t be disappointed.
Suzy is a junior majoring in Journalism.