When I decided to write a Jelly Belly Bean Boozled blog post for Tastebox I don't think I quite knew what I was getting into, the tagline for this fun game is "Dare to Compare!" the problem is I don't think I did dare! For those reading this and wondering how bad it can be or is it actually fun, read on and I will give you my honest opinion.
One question remaining for me; do YOU dare to compare?
How do you play?
This is a really easy game to play, get together with some good friends, the weedier the better for the laughter factor. Place the box in the centre of the table, take out the spinner and you are ready to roll. It is worth noting that there are certain essentials added by me but very much required to aid game play and increase survival chances;
A disposable cup for each player - Trust me, when you are unlucky with your bean selection you will be really grateful.
A drink for each player - Preferably of the alcoholic variety for a lively game, if not water will suffice to wash away those "unlucky" flavours.
A strong stomach and a good sense of humour - This really is essential, when we were playing even those who usually are of a good constitution struggled to stay composed.
Once you have all the above essentials to hand then game play can commence, each player takes it in turns to spin the spinner, whichever jelly bean they land on is the one that they select to taste. Sounds simple right? Well it is a simple concept, but the real fun starts when you realise that for each colour of bean it can be one of two flavours, one delicious and one truly revolting! The beans look identical and smell the same, in truth you have no way of knowing which flavour you have got until you have sunk your teeth in, it really is a game of luck but this is where the plastic cups and the drinks come in handy.
Stinky Socks or Tutti - Fruitii
Lawn Clippings or Lime
Rotten Egg or Buttered Popcorn
Toothpaste or Berry Blue
Vomit or Peach
Dog Food or Chocolate Pudding
Booger or Juicy Pear
Baby Wipes or Coconut.
The flavours are really quite realistic, the yummy flavours are really nice, especially the peach and the chocolate pudding varieties. On the flip side though the bad luck flavours really are just that; bad luck, as they are truly revolting. The worst for me were stinky socks and vomit flavours, these very quickly made their way into the plastic cup!
Is It Fun?
This really is a fun game, watching people getting more and more nervous is hilarious and with a little alcohol by our side we were in tears (from laughing not crying!). I am particularly squeamish and quickly found that biting the bean in half before putting the whole thing in my mouth helped me actually survive without throwing up, there was a fair amount of gagging to be seen!
I can see this being amazing for a hen party, a stag do or an evening in with friends, I felt much more nervous than I expected but of course this all adds to the fun.
So, after hearing about my experience of playing with food (in this case jelly beans), do you dare?
This post was written by Becky Whittaker for online speciality grocery store Taste Box.
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