I have a JSR168 portlet that uses portlet preferences to store a HTML

When I want to display this value in my JSP, I'm calling:

String breadcrumbText = (String)preferences.getValue
(MyPortlet.EDIT_DEFAULTS_KEY7, "");

<%=breadcrumbText %>

The value of breadcrumbText is: bold and underlined

And what I would like it to print out in my JSP as:
bold and underlined (where the text is bold and underlined)

If I create another String:

String htmlTest = "Bold and underlined";

Then output this as:

<%=htmlTest %>

Then the text is bold and underlined as expected.

Is there a way I can get my breadcrumbText String to be output in the
same was as htmlTest?