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How Long Have Gummi Candies Been Around?

How Long Have Gummi Candies Been Around?

Can’t get enough of yummy gummi candies? We can’t, either.

Can’t get enough of yummy gummi candies? We can’t, either. Whether it’s the color, the texture, or the taste that attracts you, you know they’ll always be your favorites. These treats have a longer history than candy lovers might realize. 

Early Days 

Here’s a quick history lesson on the origins of gummi candy. Despite their popularity in the US, they come from somewhere farther away – Germany, to be exact! Hans Riegel invented them in the early 1900s. He was the first person to come up with the idea of the gummi bear. Other gummi-based candies also started springing up in other countries. Two countries with similar candies outside Germany include Turkey and Japan – Turkish delight in Turkey and rice candies in Japan are highly similar but use different ingredients. Here’s another fun fact: gummi candies are related to the jams and jellies you can put on toast or bagels. That’s because they all involve combining sugar and fruit!

The Shapes of Things 

Today’s gummi bears and other gummi delights are a modern classic. Still, these shapes aren’t the ones that candy lovers enjoyed growing up. The first few waves of gummi bear were both taller and skinnier than the ones we have today. In 1960, the top executives at Haribo started to change that shape. That’s when their bears began to spread to other countries throughout Europe. It was around this time when gummi worms and other animals started to take off in popularity, leading to more unusual shapes like peaches, watermelons, and soda bottles! 

Gummies from Wockenfuss 

When you want your next batch of gummi candies, come on down! Wockenfuss has the best selection and the tastiest treats. You know we’ll never let you down. Gummi worms and gummi bears are all here! Need one-pound or two-pound containers to surprise a crowd? We’ve got you covered. If you’re ready to try something new, then you can also try our sour peaches and sour worms. Then again, you might need a wide variety of sugar-free treats. That’s why we’re proud to say that we also carry sugar-free gummi bears! 

A Wide Selection of Chocolate Treats from Wockenfuss Candies

Head to and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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