Who Invented Gummy Bears?

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The gummy bear was invented in 1922 by Hans Riegel, a candy maker from Bonn, Germany. He named his company Haribo, an acronym for Hans Riegel Bonn. When the gummy bear was first introduced, it was called the "dancing bear."

Originally, the gummy bear was imported to America, but in 1981, the first American-made gummy bear was created by the Herman Goelitz Company. A year later, Haribo brought its business to America.

The process for making a gummy is long. The ingredients include gelatin, sugar and glucose syrup. Once the ingredients are mixed, they are left on starch boards for three to five days. After they are removed, beeswax is added to increase shine and reduce stickiness. The candies are then packaged and shipped.