Ah, Haribo... they’ve been the scourge of dentists everywhere for close to a century now, because everybody knows that their glorious gummies are delicious, but here are 17 things you probably didn’t know:
1. They’re not called gummy bears
Kind of a big one, but they’re actually called Gold-Bears -- and they’re not actually gold, they come in five different colors. As it turns out, “gummibar” in German means “rubber bear”, and after 1967 they decided to rename them something slightly more appetizing.
2. It’s been run by a Hans Riegel for almost a century
That is, it was founded by Hans Riegel Sr. in the '20s, and passed down to Hans Riegel Jr. after WWII. He stayed the (very active) head of the company until his death late last year at 90 years old.