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Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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Haribo, a candy manufacturer, is an extremely well-known German brand whose signature product is Gummi Bears. The company’s name is an acronym for Johann “Hans” Riegel Bonn. Riegel (1893–1945), a trained confectioner, started his own company from scratch in Bonn in 1920. He created the Gummi Bears in 1922, inspired by the costumed bears that were a featured attraction at fairs. In 1925 Riegel added licorice to his line of products, and the company’s wheel-shaped licorice candies became extremely popular.