Saturday, February 12, 2011

The New “The Lady or The Tiger?”

Why is it so much better that the name Jelly Belly can refer to either the brand of fancy jellybeans or the horrific disease pseudomyxoma peritonea, in which a tumor causes excess mucus production that swells the abdomen and compresses and endangers the various torso vital structures?

Remember, when you hear “Jelly Belly,” think delicious multiflavored candies. Or cancerous, fatal abdominal swelling. Your pick.


  1. I'm going to try and delete the pseudomyxoma peritonea from my memory. I love love the Jelly Beans too much.

  2. I pick the name of a gerbil I had once. So there.

  3. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Drew..cute article....this is David Klein the guy who created the Jelly Belly in 1976. The name was inspired when I heard the name Lead Belly while watching Sanford and Son. A documentary on my life is now available Candyman:the David Klein story. This tells how I used my last 800.00 to create the Jelly Belly jelly beans and how I was forced to sell my creation in 1980 to the contract manufacturer that was making the product for me. david klein