Photo: Visitors to Jelly Belly factory (home to the world’s first beer flavored Jelly Bean) have a blast during free tours that include samples of the latest flavors. “Chocolate and Wine Experience” features select wines from Suisun Valley wineries, hand-made confections from the Jelly Belly Chocolate Shoppe and Chocolate Confections from the Makers of Jelly Belly.
While legislators wildly push for taxes on sugary sodas and candy, if trends showcased at last week’s Candy Convention in Rancho Mirage continue, they’ll be taking on the nuts. Candy manufacturers are working to remove the “unhealthy” stigma with more & more sweets featuring almonds, honey, fruits and even probiotics.
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Essential fiber may be found in Fiber One Fruit Flavored Snacks
Chocolate flavonoids can guard against diabetes, inflammation
Almonds may help combat diabetes
Cinnamon lowers blood glucose
Blue Monkey’s Coconut Chips (Burlingame, Calif.) contain no sugar, come in wasabi and ginger flavors
Jelly Belly beans are vegetarian and free of gelatin, gluten, fat and dairy.
Sconza Candy Company (sconzacandy.com) of Oakdale produces gourmet snacks such as roasted almonds covered in white chocolate and key lime