Mass hysteria online after one mum dared to suggest that black jelly beans need to be a thing of the past.

A recent online petition asking if we should get rid of the black jelly bean received thousands of responses.

“Does anyone actually like the black jelly beans? They’re licorice flavoured and are revolting! Maybe we need to start a petition to get rid of them (or is it only me????)”

The response was VERY split down the middle with pretty much a 50:50 result from nearly 10,000 votes.

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Comments included:

“I love the black ones even though they flavour isn’t quite the same these days”

“Nothing wrong with black ones.”

“My fave!”

“Love them all, but black the best.”

“Black is my favourite , long live the black jelly bean.”

“I love black jellybeans. You can give em to me if you don’t want em”

“Contrary to popular belief, the black & also the red ones are so popular they even come in individual packs now. This is the brand my Doctor recommends for Diabetics.”

“I really enjoy the black jelly beans, the black ones for me.”

“I pick all the black ones out and then eat them. Yummy.”

Petition to ban them for the sake of the children

One online petition launched a few years ago did actually call for the ban of black jelly beans.

The petition by american John Hicks stated; “Today, I stand against black licorice jelly beans. With every hand full of jelly beans I want a better tasting future for generations to come. I want to make a difference in this world. I want people to enjoy jelly beans without having to worry about picking out the black licorice jelly beans. Please support me and my idea in making this world a better place for everyone. Children, teens, adults, elders. THIS IS OUR TIME. THIS OUR CHANCE TO STOP THE BLACK LICORICE JELLY BEANS ONCE AND FOR ALL. ”

Health danger

Something important all you black jelly bean lovers need to be aware of is that too much licorice can lead to serious hypertension, (aka high blood pressure).

Doctors reported that a 51-year old man was hospitalized for both high blood pressure and low potassium levels.

He’d been having stomach pains for three days, and vomiting and experiencing diarrhea on the previous day before he sought medical help.

Turns out he’d recently begun snacking on a bag of black jelly beans every day — and continued to do so in the hospital. When doctors became aware of his 50-black-jelly-beans-a-day habit, they cut him off from the treat — and his hypertension disappeared, and potassium levels stabilized.

Black licorice contains glycyrrhizin, which has been shown to cause high blood pressure and low potassium levels. These conditions can lead to dangerous heart arrhythmias, fluid retention and congestive heart failure.

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  • i like them all but red is my favourite!


  • Black Jelly Beans are my very favourite jelly bean. I usually buy just a bag of black ones but when the grandchildren are around, it’s a mixed bag but they know Grandma just loves the black ones and just hands then over or do some fair trading.
    Stop picking on the Black Jelly Beans, everybody has a favourite colour that enters their mouth first.
    Mine is the best one known as a Black Jelly Bean. YUMMO.


  • What is wrong with black jelly beans..they are the best


  • I don’t buy jelly beans. But I don’t think the black ones should go. I don’t like licorice, but I don’t think black jelly beans taste like licorice. I eat all colours


  • We never eat the black ones, we have to chuck them


  • I like the black jelly beans. If a certain person doesn’t like them and finds them revolting, fine, don’t eat them.


  • BACK. OFF. THE. BLACK. JELLY. BEANS. If you don’t like them, don’t eat them. But how dare anyone suggest they be removed. Let’s pick on the blue ones. They’re foul. Let’s get rid of all of them. How does that sound?


  • I’m not a fan of the black jelly beans, but absolutely love the red ones! Yum.
    Didn’t know the health affects of the black ones tho….interesting & will b telling my friends who only eat the black ones. (Tho none eat 50 a day! That’s a bit extreme!!)


  • Mass hysteria indeed! I love a good black jelly bean but not 50 of them!


  • Yuck I hate black jelly beans! Interesting health effects.


  • What a bunch of nonsense ! There are other foods that causes a far higher risk like health processed foods, sugar, junk and wrong fats. You would have to eat black jellies and liquorice in such huge amounts for it to pose a health risk that it’s highly unlikely.


  • Interesting that the research shows hypertension can be caused by eating too many black jelly beans and licorice. Might make a few people think twice about it.


  • I love black jelly beans but my favorite are the white ones


  • I LOVE black jelly beans but I also love Licorice. Of course I eat them as a treat. There is absolutely no need to ban them, moderation is the key and if you over indulge well, you get what you asked for!


  • I know an elderly lady who ate too many “strawberries and cream” lollies. She had uncontrollable vomiting. She was taken to hospital to be rehydrated. They thought she was vomiting up blood . She kept trying to tell them about the lollies but they ignored her.
    We were taught as children -Unless you are allergic to a food, all things in moderation. Some can have limited amounts but suffer with the allergy. I know a guy who is slightly allergic to eggs and some nuts. Eggs he was recommend to limit himself to 2 per week. He doesn’t like nuts anyway so he doesn’t care about them….I wonder if there is any lollies that deplete iron from your body the same as some foods do, including some dairy products ( was shocked about dairy)


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