The Gummi Bear is a proud product of Germany. His invention was primarily referred to as the’dancing bear’. He also founded a company to manufacture his bears and called it”Haribo” which was an acronym for Hans Riegel Bonn. The bears became highly popular in Germany.
It was not until the 1980s that it would be manufactured in america. Before that, American high school students learned about the’Dancing Bears’ in their German courses and were the first Americans to know about it. In the year 1981, the Herman Goelitz Company, which is now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company, started to create the initial American-made Gummi bears. The next year, the Haribo Company saw the big market that was waiting in the United States and brought their business there. By this time, Gummi Bears were quite accessible to the American people.
Apart from the American bears, the 1980s saw the birth of a new Gummi character. The Trolli created the Gummi Worms in 1981. The pig was the product of a brilliant idea which was to make candy for children that would mildly shock or disgust their parents. The Gummi Worm however proven to be less disgusting and more of a favorite character of the Gummi series. Nowadays, there are many different Gummi characters apart from the bear and worm. These Gummi candies are available in all shapes and sizes.
As a testament of its popularity, Disney created an experience cartoon show for kids in 1985 that showed a family of Gummi bears and their many fun experiences. It was entitled”The Adventures of the Gummi Bears” and lasted 65 episodes.
A lot of people wonder how they are made when they open a bag of Gummi candy. What most people do not know is that making these confections is a very long procedure.
It starts with the artists of the manufacturer’s company. These artists create a character sketch which they carve into tiny plaster molds. The duplicates are then sent through a starch powder machine where starch powder mold pans are produced. These pans are provided to the factory.
In the candy factory, special ingredients like gelatin, sugar and sugar syrup are poured into large boilers which heat them together and are stirred by large paddles constantly. While stirring, the chosen colors and flavorings are added to provide the Gummi candy its signature appearance and taste. After heating, the mixture is poured through pipes that transfer them to the manufacturing area of the factory.
At the end of the pipes are nozzles which are used to squeeze out the mix into starch boards which contain countless mold duplicates. When settled, beeswax is poured on the mold to give the candy sheen and make it less sticky. Once dry, the Gummi candies are transferred via a packaging machine where they will come out ready to be sent to the different candy shops.
Today, the Gummi Bears, Worms and other candies are popular and well-loved confections enjoyed by the world’s kids the entire year round.