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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Brief (but Delicious!) History of Gummy Bears

If you are anything like me, you are probably in love with gummy bears. Gummy bears are perfect because they are small, easily accessible, and very tasting.

Origin - According to candy historian Beth Kimmerle, "Gummy candies descend from Turkish delight and even Japanese rice candy."

1909 - Wine gums originated in Great Britain and played a key role in shaping the recipe for gummy bears.

1920 - Hans Riegel of Bonn, Germany, started his own company, Haribo (the first two letters of each of his names)! Riegel's company did not start successfully. He improved the centuries-old formula of gummy candy to make the shape of a bear.

1945 - At this point, the Haribo company was so successful, it had over 400 employees. Han Riegel became ill and died. His sons, responsible for jumpstarting the business, had been imprisoned by Allied forces. The company shrank to 30 people.

1950 - Riegel's sons built the company back up again and had over 1,000 employees this time.

1960 - The company begins to mass market Gummibarchen (little gummy bears) to kids across Europe.

1975 - Haribo trademarked Goldbaren (playoff of "gold" and "cute").

1981 - The Jelly Belly factory creates their own gummy bears and Trolli launches Gummy Worms.

1982 - Haribo opens an American office in Baltimore.

Gummy bears have been loved and cherished by children around the world. Their success is incorporated into society and is now a part of American childhoods. It has inspired a YouTube hit and has inspired many television series. The references made to gummy bears in movies and songs are countless. Thank you, Hans Riegel, for making possibly the most delicious creation on the Earth! We are eternally grateful!

by Rebecca B., Homework Assistant

Link to Bon Appetit History of Gummy Bears

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