3. They taste different in the US
In the USA, not only do Gold-Bears actually have one fewer flavor than in Europe (it’s apple, btw; American green ones are strawberry flavor), but they’re made by a different recipe so that the European variety has slightly more natural favorings.
4. They accept acorns as currency
Riegel Sr. started a tradition in the ‘30s whereby children could swap acorns (used to feed animals at a local wildlife sanctuary) for Gold-Bears at the factory every year in late October, and the tradition persists today.
5. The slogans & commercials were all written by Riegel
Riegel Jr. notoriously didn’t believe in ad agencies, and wrote the slogans (“Kids and grown-ups love it so -- the happy world of Haribo”) and TV commercials himself. Nice!
6. They have a vegetarian version
Yes, thanks to the delicious, porky gelatin, Haribo technically isn’t vegetarian. But they do make a gelatin-free Gold-Bear especially for the veggie/Muslim market.