Have you ever wondered where Gummi Bears came from? Those chewy and brightly colored candies are a staple in the candy world. To think I never gave their origins a second thought! This really interesting article gives an excellent history of this tasty treat.
Gummi Bear (or GummibÃ¤r: “Rubber Bear”) originated from German candy maker, Mr. Hans Riegel, whose humble beginnings were running a “mom and pop” candy store (the beginnings of Haribo) with his wife selling hard candies. Soon the two noticed that gelatin candy became popular and seriously considered making their own. Being progressive thinkers for their time, Riegel and his wife decided that shaping the gelatin candy would be a great way to appeal to the children who bought their candy. Molds of a dancing bear were created and history was made! The Gummi Bear was born and the future and fortune of Haribo was secured. All was not without stuggle though as the company went through hard times: during WWII and when Riegel passed away for example.
Aside from the history of the candy you’ll also learn lots of interesting little bits of trivia. For instance, where the name “Haribo” comes from, that bears are the most popular form of Gummi candy, and that originally two Gummi Bears sold for a penny.
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