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National Gummy Worm Day: Gummy worms and gummy bears are different

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Some kids probably don't mind whether they get gummy (also spelled gummy) worms or gummy bears. However, some kids and adults can tell the difference. On July 15, celebrate by eating gummy worms and not gummy bears because it is National Gummy Worm Day. These yummy chewy candies were created by the German company Trolli.

Gummies have a long history as a popular confectionery. Gummy candy or jelly sweets are a broad category of gelatin-based, chewy candies. In the United States and Germany, gummy bears are the most popular and best known of the gummy candies. Other common shapes include bottles, worms, frogs, hamburgers, sharks, toy soldiers, full-size rats, large human body parts, and Smurfs.

The gummy bear was invented about 60 years before the gummy worm. This first gummy was created by Hans Riegel, the founder of Haribo. It was named because of its rubber-like texture. In fact, "gummy" means “rubber” in German. Gummy worms are a common variation first introduced by Trolli, a brand of the German Mederer GmbHa on July 15, 1981, the 60th anniversary of gummy bears. The average gummy worms are advertised to be about 5 cm long. Gummy worms vary from 10 to 25 cm and have two different colors and flavors that mix in the middle of the gummy worm. Some other brands of gummy worms have more than two colors, and are longer than the original Trolli Brite Crawlers, and may have a sour coating or other variations.

A gummy bear is a small, fruit gum candy, similar to a jelly baby in some English-speaking countries. The candy is roughly 2 cm (0.79 in) long and shaped in the form of a bear. The gummy bear is one of many gummies, popular gelatin-based candies sold in a variety of shapes and colors.

Gummy bears ordinarily contain mostly empty calories, but recently gummy bears containing vitamin C, produced by manufacturers such as Sconza or Bear Essentials, are being marketed to parents of young children. Multivitamins have also been produced in the form of gummy bears to motivate consumption by young, picky eaters.

Gummy bears and other gummy candy stick to teeth and may cause tooth decay, but that doesn't stop people from eating them. Grab a bag of your favorite gummy worms and celebrate National Gummy Worm Day. Those creepy, crawly treats now exist in a variety of flavors. Choose between sweet or sour, red, green, or yellow.

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