A Sneak Peek on Gummy Bear's History

Aug 28, 2015 03:00 PM EDT | By abbie uychiat

Gummy Bear lovers are in for a treat as their favorite confection's history is revealed.  The Daily Meal dished out the colorful gummy candy's history.  Gummy Bears originated in Germany as early as the 1920's. It was created by Hans Riegel, a confectioner from Bonn who started the candy company Haribo, 2 year prior to the gummy bear's existence.  Rigel once named the famous gummy bear Gummibären, then a larger version was created, which is then called Tanzbären [dancing bears].

The creation of the gummy bears were inspired by the bears that was trained which Rigel has seen over numerous European festivals and street markets all though out the years.  Gummy bears were successes ever since it started. They stayed a hit even during the Weimar Germany's hyperinflation period, simply because they remain cheap and affordable all throughout the years.

The company [ Haribo] then reshaped the bears, making them smaller and re naming them Gold Bears. As of today, Haribo is one of the major companies that are popular for gummy bear production.

As for today, it is impossible to walk inside a candy shop without seeing these colorful gummy treats. Gummy bear are now created with various sizes from the small ones, up to gummy bears as big as dolls. The most loved gummy candies are solely made by making a mixture of sugar, glucose syrup, starch, flavoring, food coloring, citric acid and gelatin. Just like most candies, a gummy bear however does not contain any nutritional value. It's basically just sweet chewy empty calories.

Gummy bears up to this date are most loved by the consumer's worldwide. The gummy candies now has various sizes and comes in different shapes.  Gummy candies that are now shaped like hamburgers, cars, worms and even gummy babies were all inspired by the famous gummy bears.

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