When I first started writing for this blog, I was worried. The name Nerds and Nomsense inherently means I be somewhat of a foodie. Don’t get me wrong, I love food so much…fancy food and Pringles alike. If you read my other blog, you know I find absolutely no shame in indulging my inner fat trashy kid. For this reason, I am going to have to go with what I know: Gummy Bears. I hope you are sitting down, because I’m about to share some earth shattering news that is sure to rock your world and make you question your belief system. Everything you know to be a constant in life is about to be completely torn apart.
The green gummy bears are strawberry flavored.
Yeah I’m serious. Let it sink into your every brain crevice. For all my life I have gravitated towards the green (To be quite honest, this is true of most things that come in green. Jolly Ranchers. Jell-O. Green is always the way to go.) And now I know why: WHO DOESN’T LIKE STRAWBERRY? If I am sharing a bag with someone, they will generally lean towards the more the popular red ones, which are apparently raspberry, which inevitably means MORE GREEN FOR ME. (If a bag of gummies was like high school, I imagine that the red ones are the homecoming queens, but the green ones are the smart kids who will someday take over the world simply because you doubt them.)
Maybe this isn’t news to you…maybe you can read the back of the gummy bear package, but when I got this news a few weeks ago, it sent my mind reeling. What else do I not know about these gelatinous little teddy bears?
Here’s what I do know about my favorite taste treat: they are responsible for one of the classic childhood cartoons…one where medieval bears bounce through the forest searching for gummy beary juice like crack fiends. I also know that personally, I like to lick their little bear backs and stick them together before eating to create delicious flavor combinations via candy conjoined twins. The lick ‘em and stick ‘em method never fails. It’s a game changer.
What I didn’t know, until recently, is that in 2013, the creator of the gummy bear passed away. In October, at the age of 90, Hans Rigel, head of the iconic Haribo brand died after struggling with a brain tumor. He created the little dancing bears in the 20s inspired by circus animals.
Why wasn’t his passing more widely publicized? Where was Hans Rigel’s memoriam montage? Does this mean no more advances in Haribo gummy technology? There are so many unanswered questions.
So what’s my point? Not sure…but I bet now you want a Gummy Bear. Am I right?