Candyman: The David Klein Story

Candyman: The David Klein Story

By Costa Botes


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 Reagen. 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.
United States, New Zealand 76 minutes 2010 English
  • Hot Docs: Canadian International Documentary Festival 2010 (Toronto, Canada)
  • Omaha Film Festival 2010 (Omaha, United States)
  • Slamdance Film Festival 2010 (Park City, United States)
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  • 80.0/5 Stars.

Who knew..

by Brad on Apr 22nd, 2011
Who knew that inventing candy would be so difficult? Not me.. Weird Al (featured in the Doc) had a pretty good idea though. This is one of those docs you've never thought of, but happy it exists. A great and informative look into the life of David Klein, the creator of the world renowned Jelly Belly. Inspiring in some senses.
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