First, I used clear cups to hold it instead of mason jars. Since the kids were taking them home, I didn’t think it necessary to make it fancy. If I were doing this as gifts to neighbors as she suggests on the original post, I would most definitely splurge on mason jars. As it turns out, these clear cups held just the right amount.
I used Starburst jelly beans. I also bought black ones but it turns out that I didn’t need them. The purple ones in the bag were so dark that they passed for black easily. I used 4 bags for 9 cups with the orange ones left over. We used both dark red and the pink for the red layer. Or you could be smart and order a Starburst Jelly Beans – Original, 5 lbs from Amazon.