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HARIBO Happy, chewy and delicious!
When it comes to the invention of confectionery, people have always been full of bright ideas. But the road to the invention of the first gummies was a long one. The ancient Greeks and Romans valued, in particular, baked goods sweetened with date juice or honey or laced with grape juice. In the Middle Ages, aromatic spiced breads and gingerbreads of all kinds were favored. Finally, in the 16th century, seafarers brought the cocoa bean from Central America to Europe and this was soon developed into a refined ingredient for the manufacture of sweet things.
In the 19th century, smart confectioners discovered that it was possible to mix sugar with Gummi arabicum, the resin of a particular acacia tree. The raw resin was boiled up with sugar and fruit and other flavorings to create the first soft gummies - the predecessors of the famous HARIBO® gummies.
These ingredients have long since changed and for many years, gummi products like the famous GOLDBEARS® from HARIBO® have contained gelatin rather than Gummi arabicum. This ingredient achieves a softer consistency and a more enjoyable chewing experience and flavor. Some gummi products are also made with starch.