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Oct 21, 2013 04:31 PM

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.

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  1. 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 :-)

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      1. re: linguafood

        Re your last paragraph, interesting and I had no idea! I assumed Haribo was a Japanese company, perhaps from the same people who brought the world Hello Kitty.

        Signed, NOT a gummy-anything fan

        1. re: tcamp

          Yah, I don't eat those things (anymore) either. I'm a salty one.

        2. re: linguafood

          As a child a good friend of mine lived up the block from a Wonder Bread Bakery. Trust me you can NEVER get tired of smells like that.

          1. re: linguafood

            ha, interesting...about the name. Never knew.
            also interesting to know that the gummy bears are relatively a new invention.

          2. Thank you, and RIP Mr. Hans Riegel. One of my top 3 favorite treats.

            1. To me the name Haribo is very German in terms of how it was created. Another example is the company Adi Dassler founded to make athletic shoes under the brand name Adidas.

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                1. re: Tripeler

                  Same with IKEA (Ingvar Kamprad, grew up on farm named Elmtyard in the town of Agunnaryd)