The History of Gummi Candy

Gummi Bears


Ah, gummi candy, that is one of the sweet memories of being a child of the 80’s. Gummi Candy was first created in the 1920’s as gummi bears, a German confection. Then they were mass produced in the 1980’s, and introduced to American candy retailers. I remember in the early 1980’s, discovering gummi bears for the first time in a fancy little gourmet corner market in Knoxville, TN. I begged my mom and dad for the gummi candy, which they caved. I thought the Haribo gummi bears were the cutest gummi candy ever, not to mention how yummy they were! I would always search for the pineapple flavor. That was the best.

Then came the gummi worms, sharks, coke bottles, bugs, and don’t forget sour gummi candy! In today’s candy market, you can have the gummi candy world at your fingertips with so many varieties. The gummi bear has upped his game, and become Care Bear gummi bears. Not only, do you have the great flavors of yesteryear, but you can also go for your favorite Care Bear (mine was Sunshine Bear.)

My kiddos are big fans of gummi candy, too. While the ingredients for gummi candy are mostly gelatin, cornstarch, and sugar, gummi candy is probably the lessor of the candy evils for children.

Shari Brands produced a variety of gummi candy. Gummi Crocs, Gummi Bears, Gummi Fish, Gummi Caterpillars, and themed gummi candy is available through Shari Brands. All are a great treat and easy snack for the whole family. This would be a great choice when you are on snack duty after your kid’s softball game. The flavors are distinctly fruity and fresh, never overpowering. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about consuming caffeine, like you do with chocolate. Gummi Candy is naturally caffeine free. Everyone loves gummi candy for the flavors, textures, and chewy fun!

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