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Denture Danger: 10
I have eaten cinnamon bears in the past and they have not been quite the same as these. To be honest, I thought I had already written a blog on the cinnamon bears that I had eaten in the past, but I guess that was one of those candies that I just ate without writing a blog… oops.
Since this is the second kind of cinnamon bear that I’ve eaten, it’s virtually impossible not to compare. These cinnamon bears have a much softer consistency than the other bears; these ones are much less dense. In being softer they also stick to your teeth more, thus earning a rating of ten in “Denture danger.”
These bears also have more of a fiery cinnamon kick than the other bears that I ate. This is quite a little product that we’re working with here, cinnamon bears. Don’t ask me why the big hit cinnamon candy is in the shape of a bear, I’ve never really seen any prior connection between the two. Despite the dissimilarity of cinnamon and bears, they converge to make quite a tasty, fun loving little gummy candy.
Denture Danger: 8
These two sugar coated gummy candies each have their own distinct personality. The spearmint leaves are as green as the newest summertime grass and have the mojito flavor while the anise bears are brown and have the pungent licorice type flavor.
These two flavors are representatives of plants that grow from the ground. Anise, Pimpinella anisum, is a flowering plant that is native to the Southwest Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean region and the taste (as well exemplified in these large gummy bears) is similar to that of fennel, tarragon, and of course, licorice.
The spearmint leaves that dance around mojito glasses come from the Spearmint, Mentha spicata plant, native to Europe and Southwest Asia. It was first discovered in 1843 as it invaded the Great Lakes area.
These tastes are invasive to the plastic bag where you can buy them in bulk, but provide a taste that you can imagine is coming from their natural habitat.
Despite hundreds of unwrapped bulk items, Gummi Bears remain one of our best selling items and, love or hate them; they are a candy with a unique taste and history.
Gummi Bears were created in Germany during the 1920’s by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo, and were originally called Tanzbar which loosely translates to “dancing bear.”
The original gummi dancing bear was longer and leaner than today’s gummi bears and an unsubstantiated claim is that this influenced one of the logo’s of the famous pop band, The Grateful Dead. It wasn’t until 1951 that the design changed to the current style.
An interesting piece of overlooked trivia is that the name HARIBO is an amalgamation of the owner’s first name (HA), his last name name (RI) and a tribute to the town in Germany, Bonn, (BO) where the company was located.
Haribo Gummi Bears were quite a rarity as the original ones, known as Gold Bears, were imported and had “cult status”. It wasn’t until 1982 that Haribo began producing gummi candies in America.
Despite a World War and three (3) generation of ownership, Haribo remains one of the largest gummi candy producers in the world creating approximately eighty (80) million gummi bears a day for global distribution!
Herman Goelitz, of Jelly Belly fame, is also credited with making the first gummi bear; however, a distinction needs to be noted as he was the first person to make Gummi Bears in North America which occurred in 1981.