Today I've been in the foulest of moods. I got out of the wrong side of bed and (although I'm ashamed to admit it) anyone who's gotten on my nerves today has experienced "brusque Gemma".
When I have the moody blues I tend to crave sweet stuff, so I ditched my diet in order to try and alleviate my temper. A massive bag of Jelly Babies was purchased... and eaten within 20 minutes. I feel thoroughly sick, but slightly happier as the sugar rushes through my blood.
Whilst enjoying my rush I suddenly recalled a few interesting Vintage facts about these multicoloured sculptures of jelly goodness, so I shall tell you about them, 'casue I think they're rather good!
1) Bassett's launched "Peace Babies" in 1918 to mark the end of World War I. Production ceased during World War II due to shortages, but the little blighters returned in 1953 as "Jelly Babies".
2) Beatles fans began pelting the band with the sweets after Harrison made the mistake of mentioning in an interview that he loved Jelly Babies. The habit even spread to the United States where harder jelly beans were hurled instead. He allegedly wrote to a fan asking her to appeal to her friends and other fans to stop...
“Couldn’t you eat them yourself, besides it is dangerous. I was hit in the eye once with a boiled sweet, and it’s not funny!”
3)In Dr. Who, Jelly Babies were often mentioned in the early series and became an ongoing joke with the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) who would randomly offer the sweeties to unsuspecting people he encountered.
4) Different shapes and names to colours was introduced about 1989. Before this all colours of jelly baby were a uniform shape
5) In 1998 a line of sweets called Jellyatrics were launched to commemorate the Jelly Baby's 80th birthday
That is all... not the best post, but a nice little filler