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169 s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Jelly Belly Candy Company History The Jelly Belly Candy Company is a family-owned business now in its sixth generation of candy making. The family traces its roots to Gustav Goelitz who opened a thriving confec- tionery business in Illinois in 1869, three years after emigrating from Germany. The Goelitz family introduced jellybean candy to all of America in the 1960s and the first eight flavors of Jelly Belly mini beans in 1976: root beer, green apple, licorice, cream soda, lemon, tangerine, cherry, and grape. So Many Flavors, So Many Colors Early on, Sue often snacked on Jelly Belly beans when working in her studio. While the temptation has waned, her favorite flavor remains — chili mango! The huge box arrived in one piece. "Is it a puppy, a giraffe, or a TV for my bedroom?" needled Noah who was banished into the house to ensure the portrait unveiled at his Bar Mitzvah would be a surprise. Susan and her husband carefully pried open the crate on their lawn under the watchful eye of curious neighbors. Noah's parents also had to rent a truck to transport the mosaic to his coming-of-age celebra- tion. The extraordinary effort was well worth it. Noah and his guests were mesmerized by the larger than life whimsical expression of the smiling 13-year-old. What started as Sue's one-of-a-kind gift to her daughter has grown into a commission business with a two-month lead time that Sue calls Jelly Bean Arts. Most often Sue creates portraits, but she also crafts other designs, including the Red Sox logo she made for a Children's Hospital of Boston charity auction this year. Next on her creative agenda, producing portraits of dogs, babies, and seniors; experimenting with three-dimensional designs; and testing new media, including other foods, crystals, and even pills and capsules. Sue received an email out of the blue with a request for a portrait made out of multiple fla- vored Cheetos. (Who knew Cheetos came in different sizes and colors?) For the time being, Sue finds peace and calm down in her basement studio surrounded by stacks of clear plastic containers filled with col- orful jellybeans. Crafting one-of-a-kind realistic expressions, Sue loses track of time and disconnects from the hubbub of a hectic life as a dentist at the Hirshberg Dental Group in Boston and Wellesley, triath- lete, mother of two teens, and wife of a busy doctor. What a sweet treat for all who have the chance to marvel at her creativity.

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