In a previous post, I touched base on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans. I discussed existing flavours, experiences, all in a quick review with a lovely photo. But, I think I’d like to explain Bertie Botts a little more in detail.
What are Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean?
The history in the Harry Potter series states that “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are the same as Muggle (non-magical folk) jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavour any given bean is without tasting it, although you can try and guess by the colour.
The inventor of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans was Bertie Bott, who created them in mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets from food, but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of “a risk with every mouthful!””*
A compilation of known flavours can be found on Mugglenet.
-*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.
How did we get Bertie Bott’s here in the ‘Muggle’ world?
“In the real world, Jelly Belly released jelly beans with selected flavours from the series. There are currently 25 flavours available. The Bertie Bott’s candies may have been inspired by Jelly Belly, which produces jellybeans in unexpected flavours like jalapeno and encourages consumers to eat different-flavoured jellybeans in combination to create different flavours.”* -*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.
Try, if you dare…
Today, you will have a harder time finding the interesting flavours from the times of Bertie Bott, but Jelly Belly does have lovely jelly beans with a very neat spectrum of flavours. Give them a try, they are delicious and very realistic!
In regards to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, I did try a few, rotten cheese, pencil shavings, black pepper… Very, um, different. It wasn’t very tasty and the point was proven, “a risk with every mouthful”!