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Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 279 - What Gummi Bears Drink

From Bethany L King for photo
We all are familiar with the Haribro gummy bears that teenagers and adults love alike. Gummi or gummy bears originated in's a little history from Wikipedia...The gummi bear originated in Germany, where it is popular under the name Gummibär (rubber bear) or  Gummibärchen (little rubber bear). Hans Riegel Sr., a candy maker from Bonn, started the Haribo  company in 1920. In 1922, he invented the Dancing Bear, a fruit-flavored gum made in the shape of a bear. The success of the Dancing Bear's successor would later become Haribo's world-famous Gold-Bears candy product in 1967.

And now a new flavor...alcohol!
So we wonder if Hans Riegel Sr. ever thought his product would be used by teenagers in a way that is almost life like.  If your kids eat gummi bears and there is alcohol in the home, this story will enlighten you and hopefully prevent any of this happening to your kids.  I was surprised to find out that kids are putting the gummy bears in a pan and pouring A WHOLE BOTTLE OF VODKA into the pan and the gummi bears DRINK the entire liquid.  Well actually they absorb the alcohol.  Kids take the gummi bears to school in a plastic sandwich bag and right under administrators and security noses are getting drunk while eating candy!

I was shocked at this.  The ideas for getting intoxicated and high just keep getting more sneaky.  Sniffing glue, hair spray, drinking cold medicine and now vodka laced gummi bears. The irony for me is that the candy bears become life like by "drinking" alcohol and then the kids who don't realize how much alcohol they are "eating" can lose their life by eating too many gummi bears.  There is one way to prevent this, education and talking with your kids about this danger..the right thing to do.  Use your nose, the bears still smell like alcohol.  Don't turn your head, be aware.  I hope I can get you to tell every parent you know and shed some light on this new trend.

A chandelier made from gummy bears

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