Gummi bars, also written gummy bears, are a soft and chewy candy made into the shape of a bear. Since their invention they have been one of the most popular types of candy in the world. Their popularity has also led to a number of other gummi candy shapes such as worms, frogs, sharks, fruit, body parts and many more. Most gummi bears are made out of sugar, glucose syrup, colors and flavors, starch, citric acid and gelatin, although other ingredients may be used in certain cases. These ingredients are mixed and heated, and this mixture is then poured into molds and allowed to cool. Let’s find out who invented these popular treats.
Who invented gummi bears?
The first gummi bear was invented in Germany by candy maker Hans Riegel Sr, who started the Haribo company in 1920. He began making hard candy, but soon noticed that gelatin candies were becoming very popular. Riegel and his wife decided that the best way to make their candy distinctive and appeal to children was to shape it into a bear. This led to the invention of the gummi bear, which came in 1922 when Riegel created the Dancing Bear. This candy became very popular with the local children and would later became the famous Gold-Bear that went on to become one of the most popular types of chewy candy in the world. The company expanded throughout Europe and the United States and in 1981 the first American made Haribo gummi candy entered the market. This type of candy is now made by many different manufacturers.
Did you know?
The common German names for the gummi bear is Gummibär, which means rubber bear, or Gummibärchen, which means little rubber bear.
Gummi worms are one of the most popular variants of the gummi bear and were first introduced in 1981 by German company Mederer GmbH under the brand Trolli.
Gummi candy should only be consumed in moderation because they may stick to the teeth and cause tooth decay. In an effort to fight this problem some manufacturers now use zylitol, a natural sugar that fights dental cavities, instead of sugar.