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History of Gummi Candies

History Gummi Candies

Learn more about the history of gummi candies.

Gummi candies are delicious! Their texture, color, and sweet flavor make them a fun treat to eat for people of all ages. While you might know what your favorite gummi candy is, you might not know the history of these treats. Here’s a brief introduction to the interesting history of gummi candies.


Gummi candies are very popular in America, but did you know they have German roots? In the early 1900s, Hans Riegel, a German confectioner, created a gelatin-based, bear-shaped candy to sell in his local area. While many people view Riegel as the creator of gummi candies, similar candies gained success in other parts of the world. Turkish delight and Japanese rice candies are similar in consistency but are made with cornstarch or rice, not gelatin. A little known fact is that gummi candies are also related to jams and jellies since they all involve combining sugar and fruit.

Different Shapes

Riegel’s original gummi bears were a lot taller and slimmer than the ones we know and love. This continued for decades, until in 1960 executives at Haribo began to market their gummi bears to other European countries. As time went on, gummies shaped like worms and other animals became popular! There are even gummi versions of other foods that have become popular in recent years.

Wockenfuss’ Gummies

Here at Wockenfuss Candies, we offer a variety of delicious gummi treats! Whether you prefer the classic gummi bears, gummi worms, or a mixture, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for here. Our gummi treats come in both one-pound and two-pound sizes, so you can choose how much of them you want. Wockenfuss offers sour gummi candies like our sour peaches and sour worms, and even a one-pound assortment of sugar-free gummi bears.


Wockenfuss has all of your favorite gummi candies! Whether you prefer gummi bears, worms, or sharks, Wockenfuss has what you and your loved ones will enjoy. Since 1915, Wockenfuss has been a family owned and operated business creating the finest confections in Baltimore, Maryland. With our nine convenient locations throughout Maryland, there is sure to be a Wockenfuss store near you. Come and visit us to see our selection of favorites such as our gourmet truffles, chocolate specialties, and much more!

We’d be happy to help you select the perfect sweet treat, whether for you or as a gift for a loved one or your pup! If you have any questions about our sweet seasonal candies, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling us at 1-800-296-4414 or emailing When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest too!

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