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All about gummy bears and jelly beans

The Gummi Bear is a proud product of Germany. It was invented in 1922 by Hans Riegel, a candy maker from Bonn, Germany. His invention was mainly called the ‘dancing bear’. He also founded a company to manufacture his own bears and named it “Haribo”, which was an acronym for Hans Riegel Bonn. Bears became very popular in Germany.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that it would be manufactured in the United States. Before that, American high school students learned about the ‘Dancing Bears’ in their German classes and were the first Americans to know about it. In the year 1981, the Herman Goelitz Company, now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company, began producing the first American-made Gummi Bears. The following year, the Haribo Company saw the large market it was expecting in the United States and took its business there. At the time, gummy bears were very accessible to the American public.

Aside from American bears, the 1980s saw the birth of a new Gummi character. The Trollis created Gummi Worms in 1981. The worm was the product of a brilliant idea to make candy for children that would shock or slightly upset their parents. However, Gummi Worm turned out to be less disgusting and more of a popular character from the Gummi series. Today, there are many different Gummi characters besides the bear and the worm. These Gummi candies are available in all shapes and sizes.

As a testament to its popularity, Disney created a children’s adventure cartoon show in 1985 that featured a family of Gummi bears and their many fun adventures. It was titled “The Adventures of the Gummi Bears” and ran for 65 episodes.

Many people wonder how they are made when they open a bag of gummi candies. What most people don’t know is that making these candies is a long process.

Start with the artists of the manufacturer’s company. These artists make a sketch of the character that they carve in small plaster casts. These molds are then duplicated by a machine. The duplicates are then sent through a starch powder machine where molds for starch powder molds are produced. These pans are delivered to the factory.

In the candy factory, special ingredients such as jelly, sugar, and glucose syrup are poured into large cauldrons that heat them together and are constantly stirred by large paddles. While stirring, the chosen colors and flavors are added to give the Gummi candy its characteristic look and taste. After heating, the mixture is poured through pipes that carry it to the production area of ​​the factory.

At the end of the pipes are nozzles used to squeeze the mixture into starch plates containing hundreds of duplicate molds. The caramel is left to rest for three to five days. When it sets, beeswax is poured into the mold to give the candy a shine and make it less sticky. Once dry, the Gummi candies go through a packaging machine where they will come out ready to be sent to the different confectioneries.

Today, gummy bears, worms, and other candies are popular and beloved treats enjoyed by children around the world throughout the year.


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