Gummy Bears

Gummy Bears

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.

1920
Hans Riegel, Sr. starts the Haribo company in kitchen in Bonn, Germany. Haribo is a combo of Hans and Bonn.

1922
Looking for a gimmick, he invents Gummib√§rchen (“little gummy bears)”, the first version of gummy bears. They are a bit bigger and longer than the gummy bears we know today.

1930
By this time, Haribo has grown to have its own factory with 160 employees.

1950
The company has over 1,000 workers.

1967
Haribo comes out with Gold-Bears, the classic gummy bear that we know today.

Haribo Gold-Bears

Haribo Gold-Bears

1982
What until now was mostly a European phenomenon hits the United States and the gummy bear obsession begins in the United States.

1985
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.

1991
The Adventures of the Gummi Bears airs its last episode.

1997
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.”