The Gummi Bear is a proud product of Germany. It was invented in 1922 by Hans Riegel who was a candy maker from Bonn, Germany. His invention was primarily referred to as the’dancing bear’. The bears became highly popular in Germany.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that it would be fabricated in the US. Before that, American high school students learned about the’Dancing Bears’ in their German courses and were the first Americans to learn about it. In the year 1981, the Herman Goelitz Company, which is now called the Jelly Belly Candy Company, began to produce the initial American-made Gummi bears. The next year, the Haribo Company saw the major market that was waiting in the United States and brought their business there. By this time, Gummi Bears were very accessible to the American people.
Apart from the American bears, the 1980s saw the arrival of a new Gummi character. The Trolli created the Gummi Worms in 1981. The worm was the product of a brilliant idea which was to make candy for kids that would rather 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 lots of different Gummi characters aside from the bear and worm. These Gummi candies are available in all sizes and shapes.
As a testament of its popularity, Disney created an experience cartoon show for children in 1985 that revealed a family of Gummi bears and their many fun adventures. It was entitled”The Adventures of the Gummi Bears” and lasted 65 episodes.
Plenty of people wonder how they’re made when they open a bag of Gummi candies. What most people don’t know is that making these confections is a long process.
It starts with the artists of the company’s company. These artists create a character sketch that they carve into miniature plaster molds. The copies are then sent through a starch powder machine where starch powder mold pans are produced. These pans are given 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 give the Gummi candy its signature look and taste. After heating, the mixture is poured through pipes that transfer them to the production area of the factory.
At the end of the pipes are all nozzles which are used to squeeze out the mix into starch boards which contain hundreds of mold duplicates. When settled, beeswax is poured on the mould to provide the candy sheen and make it less sticky. When dry, the Gummi candies are moved through a packaging machine where they will come out ready to be sent to the different candy stores.
Today, the Gummi Bears, Worms and other candies are popular and well-loved confections appreciated by the world’s kids the whole year round.