Post # 1
Ok, this should really not be a problem. I imagine this is a last-minute type of item. It should go right up towards the end when I do the escort cards, right? Then again, you don’t want to wait too long because what if you run out of candy and need to buy more?
So here’s our sitch: I like chocolate candy, so I wanted to use M&Ms. FI likes fruit candy, so I had the great idea to mix in Jelly Bellys. This way we would both be represented. I already bought the jelly beans and used a handy dandy calculator for volume on their website. Problem is, I don’t really trust myself that I put in the bag dimensions correctly.
So, in your opinion, when is the earliest I can fill the favor bags to determine if ordering custom M&Ms is actually necessary? (I can do without, the JB flavors we picked are delish!!) I don’t eat jelly beans too often, but I know they keep pretty long–but what if they’re not in a sealed container? Does that make a difference?
Anyone a candy expert??
Post # 3
Ah, so none of you work for the candy industry, hmm?? You probably all work for the government like me. lol. j/k.
Really, anyone have ANY opinion? Also, has anyone noticed if the scent/flavor of the JB’s will be absorbed by the chocolate if stored together? I’ve noticed that happens with mints and chocolate. (ruins the chocolate, in my opinion).
Post # 4
I have no idea how long it would keep, but I know chocolate is quick to absorb odors, which is why you’re not supposed to keep it in the fridge! You don’t want your chocolate to taste like last night’s dinner. I would imagine the same would happen from keeping the chocolate and jelly beans together for too long. (Except it would taste like jelly beans, not dinner… lol)
Post # 5
i think you should check the expiration dates on the candy packages… usually like when you buy the big bag of mini snickers or something there is an expiration date (i think LOL)
Post # 6
Not that I would know anyone personally who would do this, you understand… No one who would eat Jelly Belly beans from Easter weekend that haven’t been in a sealed container at all since then… But if I did know such a person, who ate late at night while reading wedding websites, she might say that the beans were not at all stale. The texture and flavor was still very fresh. (And I do know what Jelly Bellys taste like stale, because as a kid I would horde them until they were rock hard, lol.)
So I think that you would be safe to bag the jellybeans in advance. I’m not sure about the flavor crossover, though.
Post # 7
@Tanglebird: Ha! Thanks (I’m a former child candy-horder myself… my Halloween candy would still be eaten… well, way longer than it should be.)
I’m thinking I might just buy a bag of m&ms and a small bag of jelly bellys and run an experiment for 2 weeks.
Post # 8
I know that old chocolate tends to fade to a whitish color. So if you do it too soon you may have the m&m’s turning white on you.
I love the m&m idea. This is what I am doing, except I am getting mine personalized 🙂