UPDATE! – I Will Never Be Able To Eat Jelly Belly Candy With Any Kind of Joy Ever Again

Update – David Klein, the subject of this documentary, is back, and on his feet.

His new confection? Jellybeans infused with CBD oil. CBD oil is derived from cannabis, but it doesn’t get you high. It has other properties that may be beneficial.

ht/ FDR in Hell


I’m a big fan of documentaries, particularly ones where I really have no interest whatsoever in what the documentary is about.

King of Kong- A Fistful of Quarters is a prime example of what I’m talking about. I never played the game, don’t care about the game, yet I was riveted by the documentary.

Here are a few others that I’ve stumbled upon and enjoyed for no good reason.

The Story of Anvil. –This is about a failed heavy metal band that managed not to be swept along in the heavy metal craze of the 80s, even though all of the peers struck it big.

Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. – This is a film that starts out as a profile of a state execution device developer and veers off into his holocaust denialism.

Capturing the Friedmans – This is another documentary that started out as one thing, and ended up another. The filmmakers set out to do a documentary about NYC party clowns for hire and switched gears when they realized one of the clowns was the son of a man that was at the center of one of the biggest child sexual abuse cases in New York history.

Paul Williams: Still Alive – Trailer One of the best docs you’ll see if you care little about the subject.

Cowsills: A family Band – Extra Footage Only Another great documentary about a subject I doubt anyone cares too deeply about

Here’s the Jelly Belly documentary-

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CANDYMAN tells the amazing true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jellybeans. These colorful beans became a pop culture phenomenon, revolutionized the candy industry and were personally endorsed by Ronald Reagan. However, David’s eccentric personality and peculiar sense of business led him to leave Jelly Belly just as it was about to explode and grow into a billion dollar enterprise. Is there room for eccentric genius in the modern corporate world? The film tells how Klein may have lost his beans, but kept his soul.

Yeah, nice spin.

This is about how a guy was screwed out of his hard-earned business by soulless, shitty people.

37 Comments on UPDATE! – I Will Never Be Able To Eat Jelly Belly Candy With Any Kind of Joy Ever Again

  1. Watch the one about Burt’s Bees. Can’t remember the name of it, but it is another fascinating doc on an obscure subject.

  2. ‘used to creep me out as a kid’
    Yep, me too! Went from the Smothers Brothers to Smokey and the Bandit. Thought he died. Showed up in Goliath with Billy Bob decades later and I enjoyed it a lot.
    Thanks for these, MWGA, made Wednesday great again!

  3. Jethro, There’s a particular Craftsman socket wrench/ratchet that is basically a clone of an older style Snap-Off model. I have a few of them and they’re by far my favorite style of socket wrench. I heard some time ago that Snap-Off sued Sears and that’s why they were discontinued.

    Fast forward to today. For years I’ve bought tools as if they’re the last one I will ever buy. So I spend a few extra dollars on quality over quantity. However, I’ve recently started to build a 2nd tool set. You can now buy high-tooth-count (78 or 96?) socket wrenches from Harbor Fright that rival Snap-Off tools, they even come with a lifetime no questions asked warranty.

  4. The Jelly Belly Factory is fairly close to where I live, the tours really rock;


    There is a 6 x 9 feet mural of Reagan in the lobby, made entirely of jelly beans. You can buy bellyflops (irregular beans some stuck together) at cost, also in the lobby.

    Candy companies know most of their customers are loyal to the brand, that’s why the bars get smaller every year, like what Hershey is now doing with Resses;



  5. Kind of like what Obama, the Swimmer, Piglosi, and Hillery did to health care, now aided and abetted by companies like Cigna, bastards all of them.

  6. Licorice is my thing.

    Obscure documentaries sound like fun. The last one I watched was about the Zodiac killer. Not terribly obscure, but pretty riveting.

  7. Being in business is a contact sport. No matter how smart you think you are, how talented, how inventive, there’s someone that’s going to try a steal your shit. It’s nothing personal, it’s just business. Actually it’s just commerce. Could David Klein have taken this company to where it is today? No. That corp employs 800 plus people, treats them very well, and has 190 million in revenue a year. David Klein was a weak sister. I do believe the corp should throw him a couple mil bone.

  8. AA

    Go getcha a bottle of Drambuie and sip a bit over ice. Taste just like black licorice. It also makes you the smartest person on the planet.

  9. I used to stop buy their plant and buy their “belly flops”. The color or flavor would be wrong but they were still tasteful.

  10. AA, if you go get a bottle of Drambuie it might be the biggest mistake you could make tonight. Because of Brad I’ve given Drambuie a couple chances. I think I’m cured of that thought. I can only imagine what a Drambuie hangover would be like.

  11. Joe6

    e tu brute?
    Got the package today. You might want to make that a side business. I have about 30 people I could send you way now. They’re awesome.

  12. Brad, I gave a couple to a couple guys at a gas station a week or two ago. Yesterday a buddy of mine sent me a picture of one of the guys driving down the highway proudly displaying his Trump sign. It’s funny, with the snow we’ve had and all the salt and sand that’s on the roads the vehicles are filthy. And this guy still had a dirty truck, except for his Trump sign, sparkling clean.

  13. I’m glad I breezed past your thread-head and watched the Klein documentary innocently. Having missed the spoiler alert, I got hooked on the film 30 minutes into it and couldn’t stop watching.

    Dave launched the JB business and was lifted out of it before it killed him. Quality of life is all that matters.

  14. I got some CBD oil for MY pain and it did’t do squat for me, but I kept it and got the bright idea to put it on my dog’s food. Our old Dalmatian has bladder cancer and was given less than a year to live. That was almost a year ago and when meal time rolls around you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with her!

    She shows no sign of slowing down and if she didn’t urinate like a 90 year old man with an enlarged prostate, you’d never know there was anything wrong with her. She also takes PIROXICAM which I think has a lot to do with her well being, but I do know the CBD had made her life much better.

  15. From what I have read, CBD oil can make a difference. I’m not going to pretend I know what I’m talking about, but as a result of what I have read I’m taking it for a couple reasons. Is it working, beats me. I’m having some hellacious dreams, and they are not nightmares, so I’m not complaining yet.

  16. deja-thread: a documentary about threads that pop up like zombies one month after you’ve read them. then forgotten you did. they reappear triggering your sanity. ends with screams of “fresh threads!”

    4 stars, would watch, again, and again.

  17. Borderline on the CBD thingy.
    The anti-depressant BS, you name it, I’ve been there for ‘chronic pain’.
    Love it when no clinical proof is presented just a ‘statement’ saying ‘we are not quite sure’ why anti-depressant aid with chronic pain.
    If in doubt, twist a joint and suck it up!
    If for vascular reasons, go for the CBD with some THC content.
    Found it the only way to ‘distract’ 24/7 chronic nerve damage,,,
    Walk a mile in my shoes,
    ‘Cause I can’t’

  18. @No Blushes
    If you don’t mind, what brand? The reviews I’ve read state some are better than others, and some are a scam. Thanks

  19. Anon, the base Hemp oil sold local/online is crap, no matters the state.
    The best non-psychoactive legally prescriptive I found was Marinol. 90 day prescription, 10mg 2X a day was $896.00. Worked great, ‘cept for the cost.
    I remember getting high as a teen, was always paranoid, just wanted the same distraction now without the perinonal. Trying to now to find the proper balance which is held between CBD and THC.
    I’m always around hope this helps, going down this road,,

  20. I like Jelly beans ……. I planted some in the garden but Jill says theere not really beans.
    HA! She’ll be sprized wehn I got a hole crop of em!

  21. I’ve watched “Dr. Death”. About a pathetic wretch in way over his head who ultimately allowed himself to be used by a vile Holocaust denier.


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