This calls for a national day of mourning
"Hans Riegel, who made the rainbow-colored, fruit-flavored, teddy bear-shaped gelatin sweets known as gummi bears a global favorite, died on Tuesday in Bonn. He was 90."
Or at least it does in our house, where Haribo Gummi Bears are revered as haute junk. Of course, the other gummi candies, such as the worms, are horrible.
I grew up in Bonn. As children we would collect chestnuts and acorns for his game preserve and would get all kinds of gummies and snacks in return.
I also loved driving by the factory as a kid because the surrounding area smelled like gummi bears. I probably would've gotten very tired of that prettttty soon had I lived nearby.
Haribo is short for Hans Riegel Bonn :-)