Colorful jelly beans are popping up in stores and co-workers' candy dishes. Before you grab a handful, know what you're getting.

The National Confectioners Association says that there are two types of jelly beans: gourmet and traditional.

Gourmet jelly beans tend to be softer and smaller than traditional jelly beans, says the group's website. Gourmet jelly beans are flavored in both the shell and the middle, while traditional beans usually have flavor only in the shell.

About 16 billion jelly beans made for Easter, according to