His invention was primarily called the’dancing bear’. The bears became very popular in Germany.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that it would be manufactured in the US. Before that, American high school students learned about the’Dancing Bears’ in 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, started to produce the first American-made Gummi bears. The next year, the Haribo Company saw the major market that was waiting in america and brought their company there. By this time, Gummi Bears were quite accessible to the American public.
Apart from the American bears, the 1980s saw the arrival of a new Gummi character. The pig was the product of a brilliant idea which was to make candy for children that would mildly shock or disgust their parents. The Gummi Worm however turned out to be less disgusting and more of a popular character of the Gummi series. Nowadays, there are lots of different Gummi characters aside from the bear and worm. These Gummi candies can be found in all shapes and sizes.
As a testament of its popularity, Disney created an experience cartoon show for kids in 1985 that showed a family of Gummi bears and their many fun adventures. It was entitled “The Adventures of Melbourne FL Animal Removal” and lasted 65 episodes.
Plenty of people wonder how they are made when they open a bag of Gummi candies. What most people don’t know is that making these confections is a long process.
It begins with the artists of the company’s company. These artists create a character sketch that they carve into miniature plaster molds. The copies are then sent through a starch powder system where starch powder mold pans are produced. These pans are provided to the factory.
In the candy factory, special ingredients like gelatin, sugar and glucose syrup are poured into large boilers which heat them together and are stirred by large paddles constantly. While stirring, the selected colors and flavorings are added to provide the Gummi candy its signature appearance and taste. After heating, the mix is poured through pipes that move them to the production area of the factory.
At the end of the pipes are nozzles that are used to squeeze the mix out into starch boards which contain countless mould duplicates. The candy is allowed to set for three to five days. Once settled, beeswax is poured on the mould to provide the candy sheen and make it less sticky. Once dry, the Gummi candies are transferred via a packaging machine where they will come out ready to be sent to the different candy stores.
Now, the Gummi Bears, Worms and other candies are popular and well-loved confections appreciated by the world’s children the entire year round.