The gummy bear
Fotograf büyültme (© picture-alliance / Eibner-Presse) In 1922, a colourful little bear made of sweet gelatine set out from Bonn to take the world by storm. Confectioner Hans Riegel got the inspiration for his sugary creation from its less diminutive cousins, the dancing bears that used to be seen at fun fairs in the early twentieth century. During those early years, children would get two gummy bears for their Pfennig, or penny. Although somewhat more expensive now, the gummy bear is nonetheless much loved to this day. It is today one of the world’s most famous sweets.
The passing years have left their mark on the classic Goldbear. Its shape has become more rounded, and it has taken on all sorts of new colours. From green to yellow and orange to red, today’s gummy bear is more colourful than ever before. This is presumably part of the reason for its global success, with Hans Riegel’s company Haribo alone producing 100 million of the tasty fruit gums every single day. The gummy sweets are not only multi-coloured now either; they have become available in a huge variety of shapes and forms too. From dummies to footballs, letters and zoo animals – it seems that anything is possible.