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Friday, 12 April 2013

Jelly Babies

Being a huge fan of Classic Doctor Who, I always wanted to try Jelly Babies. The problem was that - as far as I knew - they were only sold in the UK. It's been years now, and I finally came across some that were being sold at a Bulk Barn in Winnipeg. I was so excited that I could hardly wait until I got paid so that I could buy a bag.

I don't even like candy, generally. But I do like Doctor Who, and fandom can drive a person to do many things.


I finally got myself a bag today (only one because I didn't know if I would like them) and brought them home for a private unveiling. And then I became confused by the state of this popular British candy.


I had never actually seen a Jelly Baby close up. They feel really strange, and they are covered in some sort of powder which I read online was icing sugar.


I tentatively tried one, and was delightfully surprised by the texture - I didn't even know that it was possible for sweets to have a texture like these do. I kept eating them for the texture, and they taste was alright as well - but they are so sweet. Apparently they all have names, and also play instruments. They are strange in every sense - at least I think so. My favorites are the black ones, but there were only two in my package.


It's no wonder the Doctor is so fond of these - although did anybody else notice that when he offers a Jelly Baby in Image of the Fendahl that it is another candy entirely offered to the skull - I think a liquorice allsort? In the Sun Makers as well, to Cordo. I was so confused when I first saw it, but I suppose that could have been the point - a distraction to buy a second more of time. Cordo was human, so he would be more likely than a non-human to know what a Jelly Baby actually was.


(This post also exists at my personal blog.)

7 comments:

  1. Have you tried Jammy Dodgers yet???

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    1. I haven't, but I think they had those too! They had a whole British section.

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  2. Do it! BTW, the purple/black ones are the nastiest jelly babies - orange and yellow for the win ;)

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  3. Learn something new everyday. I just thought a Jelly Baby was the British version of our Jelly Beans.

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  5. Great blog. Yes, Jelly Babies are always covered in powder, it's starch, a low tech but effective preservative from when they were invented in 1864 and called "unwanted babies". Catchy name.
    Perhaps they're a favourite of the Doctor's because they were first mass produced as "Peace Babies" to celebrate the end of WWI?

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  6. Great blog. Yes, Jelly Babies are always covered in powder, it's starch, a low tech but effective preservative from when they were invented in 1864 and called "unwanted babies". Catchy name.
    Perhaps they're a favourite of the Doctor's because they were first mass produced as "Peace Babies" to celebrate the end of WWI?

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