Merriam-Webster defines the jelly bean as "a sugar-glazed bean-shaped candy." Retailers see it as a profitable little goody that ain't just for April anymore. It seems the Easter Bunny -- in the form of imaginative candy manufacturers -- has taken his seasonal jelly bean trade and made it a year-round business. The current activity stems from a couple of major suppliers creating new jelly bean products, and the increasing presence of tiny and more flavorful gourmet beans in supermarkets. ...

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