Posted on January 23, 2015
They were invented in Germany in the 1920s and became wildly popular in the U.S. in the 1980s, even spawning a Disney show. Today, gummy bears are just as popular as ever.
Hans Riegel, Sr. starts the Haribo company in kitchen in Bonn, Germany. Haribo is a combo of Hans and Bonn.
Looking for a gimmick, he invents Gummibärchen (“little gummy bears)”, the first version of gummy bears. They are a bit bigger and longer than the gummy bears we know today.
By this time, Haribo has grown to have its own factory with 160 employees.
The company has over 1,000 workers.
Haribo comes out with Gold-Bears, the classic gummy bear that we know today.
What until now was mostly a European phenomenon hits the United States and the gummy bear obsession begins in the United States.
Disney begins airing a cartoon called The Adventures of the Gummi Bears. It is Disney’s first serialized, animated cartoon show. It is rumored that the idea from the show came when Disney CEO Michael Eisner’s son asked him for some gummy bears.
The Adventures of the Gummi Bears airs its last episode.
James Morgan, head of Philip Morris, claims that tobacco is not any more addictive than other lifestyle choices like caffeine or gummy bears. He says: “I like gummy bears, and I eat gummy bears. And I don’t like it when I don’t eat my gummy bears. But I’m certainly not addicted to them.”