The Jelly Belly jelly bean was invented by David Klein. In 1976, Klein approached the Herman Goelitz Candy Company and asked them to produce a gourmet jelly bean for him which would be known as a Jelly Belly.
In 1980, the Goelitz Candy Company purchased Jelly Belly from Klein.
The Jelly Belly gained national exposure as it was a favorite treat of President Ronald Reagan.
The Goelitz Candy Company eventually changed their name to the Jelly Belly Candy Company.
Today, the company produces over 37 million pounds of candy each year.