How Are Gummy Bears Made?

Gummy bears as a sweet treat that came along in the early 1980s, their origins actually date back much farther than that. German entrepreneur Hans Riegel invented gummy candies way back in the early 1920s when he started his candy company Haribo. Today, Haribo continues to be one of the world’s top manufacturers of gummy candies.Riegel’s first gummy candies were shaped like bears. Riegel was inspired by the trained bears he had grown up watching at street festivals around Europe. The original base ingredient Riegel used was gum arabic, which led to the name gummy bears. Gummy bears are mass-produced in factories by the tens of thousands at a time. First, the ingredients are mixed together in a large vat. Typical ingredients include corn syrup, sugar, water,gelatin, food coloring, and flavorings. Flavorings often come from fruit juices and citric acid.Once the ingredients are mixed, the resulting liquid is cooked until it thickens into what manufacturers call a slurry. The slurry is then poured into molds for shaping. gummy bears would be poured into bear-shaped molds, of course. There are many different types of shapes for gummy candies, though. One of the most popular you’re probably familiar with is the gummy worm.

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