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 wasn’t until the 1980s that it would be manufactured in america. Before that, American high school students learned about the’Dancing Bears’ within their German classes 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, began to create the first American-made Gummi bears. The following year, the Haribo Company saw the major market that was waiting in america and brought their business there. By this time, Gummi Bears were very accessible to the American public.
Apart from the American bears, the 1980s saw the arrival of a new Gummi character. The worm was the product of a brilliant idea which was to make candy for children that would rather shock or disgust their parents. The Gummi Worm however turned out to be less disgusting and more of a favorite character of the Gummi series. Nowadays, there are many different Gummi characters aside from the bear and worm. These Gummi candies are available in all shapes and sizes.
As a testament of its popularity, Disney created an adventure cartoon show for kids in 1985 that revealed a family of Gummi bears and their many fun adventures.
Plenty of people wonder how they’re made when they open a bag of Gummi candies. What most people do not understand is that making these confections is a long procedure.
It starts with the artists of the manufacturer’s company. These artists create a character sketch which they carve into miniature plaster molds. These molds are then duplicated by a machine. The duplicates are then sent via a starch powder machine where starch powder mold pans are produced. These pans are given to the factory.
While stirring, the selected colors and flavorings are added to give the Gummi candy its signature appearance and taste. After heating, the mix is poured through pipes that transfer them to the manufacturing area of the factory.
At the end of the pipes are nozzles that are used to squeeze the mix out into starch boards that contain hundreds of mould duplicates. When settled, beeswax is poured onto the mould to give the candy sheen and make it less sticky. Once dry, the Gummi candies are moved via a packaging machine where they will come out ready to be shipped 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 whole year round.