Dusted Jelly babies are a type of soft confectionery that look like little babies in a variety of colours and they are a Wangi Lolly Shop favourite
Jelly Babies were launched by Bassett’s in 1918 in Sheffield as “Peace Babies” to mark the end of World War I. Production was suspended during World War II due to wartime shortages and the fact that the name had largely become ironic. In 1953 the product was relaunched as “Jelly Babies”.
Jelly Babies manufactured in the United Kingdom tend to be dusted in starch which is left over from the manufacturing process where it is used to aid release from the mould. Jelly Babies of Australian manufacture generally lack this coating.
A popular science class experiment is to put them in a strong oxidising agent and see the resulting spectacular reaction. The experiment is commonly referred to as “Screaming jelly babies”.
I can’t say I’ve actually performed this experiment on an unsuspecting Dusted Jelly Baby!
No point wasting a perfectly good lolly…..
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