Antedating of "Jelly Bean"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri May 21 02:00:30 UTC 2004

jelly bean (OED 1905, Popik Historical Dictionary of Food Terms 1896)

1894 _Chicago Daily Tribune_ 10 Nov. 5 (ProQuest)  In an alleged poisoning
at Hazleton, Ia., recently, it was found the children had eaten
voraciously of crab apples and drank a great deal of water before they
consumed the candy.  The blame for their illness was laid at the door of
some innocent jelly beans.

Fred Shapiro

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