International Business Times on the introduction of a beer-flavored jelly bean:
Jelly Belly says customers have requested a beer-flavored bean for decades. The Draft Beer bean took three years to develop.
“The effervescent and crisp flavor is packed in a golden jelly bean with an iridescent finish,” Jelly Belly says to describe the Draft Beer jelly bean. The flavor is said to be clean with notes of wheat and a touch of sweetness, with a bread-like aroma.
The taste of the candy is said to resemble a German Hefeweizen ale. I am not really into Hefeweizen’s but I will most definitely give these a try. On no planet will I turn down an opportunity to try a beer-flavored candy.
Unfortunately Americans don’t like nice things. The introduction of this new beer-flavored candy has some idiotic and neurotic parents freaking out:
The new flavor has unexpectedly polarized candy lovers. Thousands are thrilled by the new flavor, but a number of people are outraged by it, saying it will encourage kids to try alcohol and could even trigger a relapse for recovering alcoholics.
“I am so angry and disappointed about this decision,” Facebook user Mindy Chemaki wrote on the company’s Facebook page. “I have been a big fan of Jelly Belly since I was 13. And now you have developed a flavor that that may encourage minors (like I was 20+ years ago or my own children today) to develop a substance abuse problem. Just as bad, have you though about recovering alcoholics who are harmed by such an influence?”
Amy Mehalko added, “It’s just so wrong to have this flavor. Very disappointed. Why not just make a cigarette flavor while your at it.”
Several people said they would be boycotting the brand for introducing the new flavor, which is formally called “Draft Beer.”
Can people in the U.S. get any more stupid about something absolutely benign? Flavor is not the same as affect, with the latter being the primary reason people smoke cigarettes or drink until intoxicated.
As if the flavor of a jelly bean will cause recovering alcoholics to have relapses while the hundreds of varieties of beers on-sale at stores everywhere has no affect whatsoever.
When are people in the U.S. going to grow up and start acting like responsible adults?