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Gummy Bears – Where Did They Come From?

Ever wonder where Gummy Bears came from and who had the idea for this popular candy?
 
Well, Gummy Bears, as we know them, started in 1920 by Hans Riegel in Bonn, Germany.
 
Hans wanted his own sweets company and started with hard candies.
 
A couple of years later he produced a soft, gelatin-based, fruit-flavored candy in the shape of dancing bears.
 
Bears were a popular diversion at festivals in Europe at that time.
 
The name of the company, Haribo, is the first two letters of his own first and last names and hometown.
 
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“Gummy candies descend from Turkish delight and even Japanese rice candy,” says candy historian Beth Kimmerle, author of Candy: A Sweet History. “But both of those are typically made with rice or corn starch versus gelatin.”
 
An American version of the these Bears was started in 1981.
 
There has been a decades-long debate over which is superior: German or American Gummy Bears!
 
What do you think?
 
Do you crave Bears every so often? 
 
Do you know how many different colors are used in these Bears?
 
Well, find out more about who and where and then head to the candy store for a fix!
 
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