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The History of Gummi Bears and Gummi Candy

Gummi BearsThey are colorful. They are delicious. And they are fun to eat. Gummi bears are one of America’s favorite candies. But where do they come from? What is the history of gummi bears and gummi candy? Well, you may be surprised to learn that this American treat traces its origins back to Germany.

Hans Riegel, a poor confectionery factory worker from Bonn, set out on his own to dabble in the world of candy making in the early 1902. After a few years of miniscule profits, Riegel knew he needed to try something different. So he began to brainstorm…soft gelatin-based candies were popular at the time and children loved bears. What better than a soft, fruit-flavored chewy candy in the shape of a bear? After toying around with the recipe, Riegel finally developed the first gummi bear in 1922. They were an instant hit!

It would be almost another 60 years, however, before gummi worms joined the scene in 1981. Today, gummi candies are as popular as ever and come in a plethora of shapes and sizes.

Wockenfuss Candies Line of Gummi Candy

Wockenfuss Candies has a complete line of gummi candies, including the classics, like gummi bears (ours are the best!) and gummi worms. Wockenfuss also carries gummi frogs, sour patch kids, Swedish fish, orange slices, gummi butterflies, and so much more! We guarantee you will not be disappointed with any of our candies.

Wockenfuss Candies, a family owned business now in its fifth generation, is proud to be one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. As we continue to grow and near our 100th Birthday, the family is still very involved in every aspect of what we do.

If you have any questions about Wockenfuss Candies’ line of gummi candies, please contact us by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest!

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