There are 2 uniquely special days this month -
April 6 is National Twinkies Day!
April 22 is National Jelly Bean Day!
How much do you know about these tasty (though nutritionally empty) treats?
Test your snack savvy - Play Twinkie and Jelly Bean Trivia!
For every answer you get right, treat yourself to a jelly bean (or two)!
(Answers appear when you hover over the jelly bean by each question... but NO FAIR PEEKING!
Answers are also given at the end of the questions, in case someone ate all the jelly beans!)
1. Twinkies snack cakes were invented in 1930 by James Dewar, manager of the Continental Baking Company in Chicago, when he envisioned the product
A) as a way of using the company's thousands of shortcake pans
B) as a way to use up the over-stocked yellow cake mix he mistakenly ordered
C) competing with Lady Fingers, popular cakes produced by another bakery at the time
D) as a way to get kids to eat bananas
2. Twinkies were originally called
A) Banana Creams
B) Little Shortcake Fingers
C) Banana Puffs
D) Twinkle Toes
3. Twinkies have a shelf life of
A) seven years
B) fifty years
D) 25 days
4. Twinkies originally sold two for a nickel and had banana-creme filling. The filling was changed to vanilla crème because
A) there was a banana shortage during World War II
B) too many children were developing allergies to bananas
C) vanilla flavoring was much cheaper than bananas
D) a public opinion poll indicated most people disliked the banana crème flavor
5. In 1999, the White House Millennium Council selected the Twinkie as one of the items to be preserved in the Nation's Millennium Time Capsule, representing
A) America’s choice of snack food
B) an object of enduring American symbolism
C) the Continental Baking Company
D) the American Dental Society
6. Mayor Daley officially proclaimed April 2000 as "Twinkies Turns 70 Month" in Chicago. To celebrate the milestone, Hostess® constructs the world's largest
A) Twinkie display
C) Twinkie sundae
D) Twinkie birthday cake
7. When was Twinkie the Kid introduced?
8. In the commercials, how did Twinkie the Kid reward the children who helped him conquer evils such as stampedes and cattle rustlers?
A) He gave them Twinkies
9. Which city consumes more Twinkies per capita than any other?
10. A group of Rice University students conducted experiments on Twinkies, posting the results of their "T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project"
A) in the New York Times
B) in Time Magazine
C) in Haiku
D) in the Chicago Tribune
11. What superhero celebrated his 50th birthday with a Twinkie birthday cake?
12. Lewis Browning, a retired milkman in Shelbyville, Indiana, is the undisputed He earned his name by king.
A) eating a Twinkie every day since 1941
B) winning a local all-you-can-eat Twinkie contest for the past 10 years
C) being elected Grand Marshall of the Twinkie Parade in 2004
D) writing 27 songs about Twinkies
13. Twinkies’ darkest moment may have been when it was misreported that Dan White, who fatally shot the mayor and a city supervisor in San Francisco, claimed that he was thrust into temporary insanity when
A) the city supervisor stole his Twinkies from his lunchbox at work
B) the mayor ridiculed him in front of co-workers because he liked Twinkies
C) he ate too many Twinkies
14. Since 1976, there have been two types of jellybeans, gourmet and traditional. What is the difference between “gourmet jelly beans” (like Jelly Belly) and traditional jelly beans?
A) Gourmet jelly beans take 21 days to make, while traditional jelly beans take only 3 days
B) Gourmet jelly beans tend to be softer and smaller than traditional jelly beans
C) Gourmet jelly beans are flavored in both the shell and the middle; traditional jelly beans typically contain flavor only in the shell
D) Both A) and B)
E) Both B) and C)
15. On October 15, 1999, the world’s largest jar of jelly beans was unveiled. It weighed
A) 6,050 pounds
B) 2,379 pounds
C) 583 pounds
D) 1875 pounds
16. When was the first jelly bean made?
17. When were Jelly Belly jelly beans invented?
18. What made Jelly Belly jelly beans “special”?
A) They were the first jelly beans to be sold in single flavors and to come with a menu of flavors.
B) They were smaller than regular jelly beans
C) They were made using sugar substitute
D) They melted in your mouth, not in your hands
19. How many jelly beans can the Jelly Belly Candy Company produce per hour?
A) 307 thousand
B) 1.25 million
C) 152 thousand
D) 783 thousand
20. In the song, Peter Cottontail brought jelly beans for
A) Sister Sue
C) Your Mommy
D) Your Tummy
21. How many jelly belly jelly beans are eaten in a year?
A) Enough to fill the New Years’ Ball in Times Square in New York
B) Enough to reach from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate bridge
C) Enough to circle the earth more than five times
D) Enough to outline the continental United States
22. Where did the name “Jelly Belly” come from?
A) The name was inspired by the rhyme with Leadbelly, a 1920s blues singer
B) The name came from a cartoon of the same name
C) The name derived from the jelly product in the belly of the candy
D) The name is found in a child’s rhyme, “you’ve got jelly on your belly and bacon on your apron”
the most popular flavor of Jelly Belly jelly beans?
B) Tutti Frutti
C) Dr. Pepper
D) Very Cherry
24. Why was
Blueberry flavor Jelly Belly created?
B) So that red, white, and blue jelly beans could be served at President Ronald Reagan's inaugural party
C) As competition for Groovy Grape
D) It was requested by school children during a contest.
25. What is Jelly Belly Art?
A) Pictures drawn on abdomens using jelly
B) Large artworks created entirely from a selection of Jelly Belly jelly beans
C) A child’s activity/game produced by Hasbro
D) A special, plain white jelly bean packaged with several packets of food dye, to allow kids to color their own jelly beans
26. Have Jelly Belly jelly beans ever been into Space?
A) Yes, Russian cosmonauts carried them to Mir
B) No, the lack of gravity alters the composition and makes them too hard to chew
C) Yes, Belly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when President Reagan sent them on the 1983 flight of the space shuttle Challenger
D) No, only official NASA food packets are allowed on board space vehicles
there any recipes using Jelly Belly flavors?
B) Yes, Jelly Belly regularly seeks such input from fans
C) Yes, in fact, Jelly Belly published their first cookbook in 2003
D) No, they are for munching only
28. Each year, U.S. manufacturers produce more than ______________ jelly beans for Easter
A) 3 million
B) 16 billion
C) 375 million
D) 2 billion
1. A) as a way of using the company's thousands of shortcake pans – These pans were otherwise employed only during the strawberry season It has been said that Dewar ate 2 Twinkies a day until he died in 1985.
2. B) Little Shortcake Fingers - they were later renamed Twinkie Fingers, after a billboard advertising the Twinkle Toe Shoe, and finally "Twinkies."
3. D) 25 days – Although many say that Twinkies will stay fresh almost forever. (In fact, many bomb shelters in the 1960s were supposedly furnished with stockpiles of Hostess Twinkies.) The secret to Twinkies' longevity is their lack of dairy ingredients — because dairy products are not part of the formula, spoil much more slowly than other bakery items.
4. A) there was a banana shortage during World War II - In 1999, Hostess reintroduced that classic, banana-creme filled Twinkie for a limited time. Five renowned Chicago chefs compete in "Twinkies Go Bananas!" Dessert Duel.
5. B) an object of enduring American symbolism
6. D) Twinkie birthday cake – it stood 25 feet tall, 16 feet in diameter and contained 20,000 Twinkies. You could hear the cavities forming. The world’s largest Twinkie was created for Twinkies’ 50th birthday - it weighed over a ton and was the equivalent of 32,300 regular Twinkies. It took 5 days and 100 hours to bake.
7. B) 1971 - He introduced the snack to a new generation of children. Today, Hostess produces more than 500 million Twinkies a year, almost enough for each American to eat two Twinkies a year.
8. A) He gave them Twinkies
9. B) Chicago
10. C) in Haiku – it’s true! You can read these result online (For non-haiku reports, see www.twinkiesproject.com) By the way, T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. stands for Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations.
11. D) Superman – in 1988
12. A) eating a Twinkie every day since 1941 – When he first discovered his love for Twinkies, Lewis Browning began treating himself to a Twinkie a day, every day. In 2000, Browning, 84, said that he had eaten more than 30,000 Twinkies . Of his habitual Twinkie consumption Browning says, "Nobody likes Twinkies like I do! I've eaten about a ton and a half of them." As a milk delivery man, Browning had to get up early, drive about 25 miles to pick up his milk and then drive 25 more miles. Because he didn't have time to eat breakfast, he would grab some sort of Hostess product: cupcakes, Twinkies, whatever. "But what I found in the old trucks, they didn't have power steering, and I had to keep both hands on the wheel," Browning said. "Now, the cupcakes on hot days, I'd end up with icing all over my face; but the was a nice, neat snack I could eat while driving." For those wondering about the obvious, Browning is 5 feet 11 inches, weighs 185 pounds, worked seven days a week until he was 80 and says he is "fit as a fiddle." Interstate provides Browning an endless supply of Twinkies, and the dairy down the street from his home provides free milk.
13. C) he ate too many Twinkies - The jury convicted him of manslaughter instead of premeditated murder. "Twinkie defense" is now a widespread and commonly-recognized term, and is based on something that never happened. News reporters erroneously reported that Twinkies and other junk food was the cause of White's depression rather than an indicator of his depression – see http://www.snopes.com/legal/twinkie.htm
14. E) Both B) and C)
15. A) 6,050 pounds
16. D) 1880’s - It was created by an unknown American candy maker. An 1861 advertisement recommended sending jelly beans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War. The first actual advertisement for jelly beans was supposedly published in the Chicago Daily News on July 5, 1905
17. D) 1976 - The original eight flavors of Jelly Belly beans introduced in 1976 were Very Cherry, Root Beer, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Lemon, Licorice and Grape.
18. A) They were the first jelly beans to be sold in single flavors and to come with a menu of flavors.
- That's 347 beans per second! However, it takes 7 to 21 days to make a single
Jelly Belly jelly bean.
21. C) Enough to circle the earth more than five times - Now that’s a lot!!!! Almost 15 billion jelly beans are sold during the Easter season.
22. A) The name was inspired by the rhyme with Leadbelly, a 1920s blues singer
23. D) Very Cherry remained the most popular flavour of Jelly Belly jelly beans for two decades until 1998, when Buttered Popcorn moved into first place. In 2003 Very Cherry moved back into top position by a mere 8 million beans.
24. B) So that red, white, and blue jelly beans could be served at President Ronald Reagan's inaugural party - Over three tons of Jelly Belly jelly beans were consumed during the inaugural festivities in 1981. President Reagan made the gourmet Jelly Bellys a staple in the Oval Office and on Air Force One - A holder was designed for the plane so the jar of Jelly Belly jelly beans would not spill during turbulence.
25. B) Large artworks created entirely from a selection of Jelly Belly jelly beans – including a portrait of President Ronald Reagan made from 10,000 Jelly Belly jelly beans, which hangs in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
26. C) Belly beans were the first jelly beans in outer space when President Reagan sent them on the 1983 flight of the space shuttle Challenger
27. A) Yes, but Jelly Belly cannot solicit recipe ideas from outside the company - any ideas or suggestions people send in become the property of Jelly Belly Candy Company. Jelly Belly has several fun recipes.
28. B) 16 billion - that's enough to completely fill a plastic Easter egg 89 feet high and 60 feet wide (about the height of a nine-story office building).