Gummi bears as we know them are a tasty treat that we often indulged in as children. Companies have come out with new versions of the original gummi bear that are sour, hot, chocolate, cinnamon, and even in the shape of a worm! In fact, the true history of the gummi bear is fascinating.
Invented by Hans Riegel in 1922, the Gummi Bear continues to be one of the most popular products of Germany. Hans Riegel, a candy maker from Bonn, fondly called his invention the 'dancing bear' and started a company called "Haribo" (acronym for Hans Riegel Bonn) to exclusively manufacture these bears. What originally began as a craze in Germany soon became a hot favorite among children from other countries as well. Finally, in 1980, production of these bears began in the United States. Before that, American children were acquainted with these bears only through their German classes in school.
The production of the American version of dancing bears called "Gummi Bears" began with the Herman Goelitz Company in the year 1981. The company is now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company and produces a delightful range of gummi bears for children of all ages. Since the Haribo company expanded their network to the United States, Gummi bears have become easily accessible to American kids.
Gummi Bears Get Into Character!
The Trolli gave birth to one of the most popular gummi characters called 'Gummi Worms' in 1981. While the character was originally created to shock the younger generation and disgust their parents at the same time, it soon became very popular. These days, apart from the conventional bear and wiggly and jiggly worm characters, there are various other forms of Gummi candies available. Gummis come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes and are an increasingly important element in birthdays and other celebrations. From rats and snakes to hamburgers and hot dogs, you will find gummis in every imaginable shape.
Give cute gummi bears to someone special or shock the kids with gummi dinosaurs - there's a gummi that appeals to every child. Use gummis to decorate gingerbread houses or garnish cookies and cakes. If your child fancies fish, delight them with a gummi fish or sharks. Use the exciting range of gummi bears as baby shower favors or as snacks during birthday or birth announcement parties.
Gummis Go Graphic!
Other companies soon cashed in on the popularity of Gummis - starting with the Disney company, that created an adventure cartoon show for kids in the year 1985 to showcase the Gummi bear family and their adventures. The show was called 'The Adventures of the Gummi Bears' - and was of a series of 65 episodes!
While gummi bears may be very small and tempting, the production of these bears involves a long process. Making new characters is a challenge faced by the artists of the manufacturing company. They create characters and carve them into tiny plaster molds that are duplicated later with the help of a machine. The duplicates are later processed through a starch powder machine in order to produce starch powder mold pans. Gummi bears are made using a mixture of ingredients like sugar, glucose syrup, and gelatin, which is poured into large boilers. Here, the mixture is heated and stirred with the help of large paddles to mix the ingredients with colors and flavors that give these bears their signature look and taste.
The Gummi Generation
Gummi bears have put a smile on children's faces around the world for years. From their beginnings in Germany to the release of the gummi worm years later, it is hard to resist such a great candy.
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