Gummy Bears Have a Surprisingly Interesting History
by Matthew Gilligan
A lot of people enjoy gummy bears but they probably don’t give too much thought to where the sweet treats originated.
Turkish Delight candies later spread in popularity in Europe but companies decided to use gelatin to make jelly candies because they couldn’t quite master making them with starch or flour.
In 1920, a German man named Hans Riegel created the Haribo company and they were the first to make jelly candies into the shape of bears because dancing bears were a common sight at festivals in Germany.