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This calls for a national day of mourning

Just Visiting Oct 21, 2013 04:31 PM

"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.

  1. linguafood Oct 21, 2013 04:49 PM

    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
      fldhkybnva Oct 22, 2013 10:43 AM

      Love Haribo!

      1. re: linguafood
        tcamp Oct 22, 2013 11:28 AM

        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
          linguafood Oct 22, 2013 12:20 PM

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

        2. re: linguafood
          jrvedivici Oct 22, 2013 12:03 PM

          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
            Monica Oct 23, 2013 09:19 AM

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

          2. letsindulge Oct 22, 2013 12:01 PM

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

            1. Tripeler Oct 23, 2013 07:44 AM

              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
                linguafood Oct 23, 2013 09:13 AM

                Or Aldi.

                1. re: Tripeler
                  Cathy Oct 23, 2013 09:32 AM

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

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