Haribo Fans Shocked To Discover The Green Gummy Bears Are Not Apple-Flavored—And We Get It
Gummy candies are beloved throughout the world—gummy bears especially—and German candy company Haribo's Goldbears might be the most recognizable example of the candies.
Called "Goldbears" to indicate their quality and differentiate them from the gummy bears made by other companies, they are now nearly ubiquitous around the world.
Haribo was founded in 1920 in Bonn, Germany by Hans Riegel in his family's kitchen with wife Gertrud becoming the first official employee in 1921.
The company invented the gummy bear in 1922.
The company now sells the candies in over 100 countries, and they estimate that 160 million of the bears leave their factories every day—on their way to be enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the world.
Some people have recently discovered that the candies they have been eating since childhood aren't quite what they thought, though.
Reddit user 1800-bakes-a-lot posted a photo of a Haribo Goldbears 100th anniversary package that revealed the truth about green gummy bears.
In case it's not clear enough...
...green Haribo Goldbears are strawberry flavored.
People the internet over were surprised to learn the green bear's flavor.
\u201cI was today years old when I learned that the Green Haribo Gummy Bears were strawberry flavored. Why do I always taste green apple? The brain works in mysterious ways... \ud83e\udd14\ud83e\udd14\u201d— Winston (@Winston) 1681813359
\u201cThe green haribo gummy is \u201cstrawberry?\u201d What???\u201d— Nina Snow (@Nina Snow) 1681819867
\u201cCrazy to find out after all these years I\u2019ve been eating Haribo gummy bears that the green gummy is actually strawberry flavored.. idk wtf I thought.. lime or something.. \ud83d\ude02\u201d— Tony Jr (@Tony Jr) 1681889025
\u201cGreen Haribo bears are Strawberry \ud83c\udf53The night is absolutely ruined.\u201d— Alan Thompson (@Alan Thompson) 1681852666
\u201c20 years of living and it\u2019s only now that I figured out that the green haribo gummy bear is actually strawberry flavored\u201d— DannyIAC\u300c\u30d9\u30fc\u30d1\u30fc\u30dc\u30fc\u30a4\u300d// shitting ravenously (@DannyIAC\u300c\u30d9\u30fc\u30d1\u30fc\u30dc\u30fc\u30a4\u300d// shitting ravenously) 1679689350
\u201cJust learned that the green Haribo gummy bear is STRAWBERRY flavored. Not lime. And yet it TASTES LIKE LIME WTF. I'll note the "blue raspberry" sin too. So much candy wrongess in one shot. But the party hats?? Genius and I NEED.\u201d— Tessa Pacelli (@Tessa Pacelli) 1681821515
Others were just as surprised people didn't know the bear was strawberry flavored.
\u201cwhy are people surprised the green haribo gummy bear is strawberry flavored??? it literally says so on the package???\u201d— anni \u2661's markie (@anni \u2661's markie) 1681845403
\u201cI don\u2019t get it! Can\u2019t you TASTE a Haribo gummy bear? You have to be TOLD what it tastes like? So wtf DO you taste when you eat a green one, that you need to be TOLD Strawberry?\n\nHaribo fans shocked to learn green gummy bear flavor: \u2018Calling the police\u2019 https://t.co/HsFD1Dizfw\u201d— Flexible Morality (@Flexible Morality) 1681852398
\u201cLMAOOOO where have yall been?? It literally tells you on the bag the flavors lol https://t.co/2aKNrMfrJh\u201d— Lorenita (@Lorenita) 1681866615
Haribo fans were also surprised by the origin of the company's name.
Company founder Hans Riegel Sr. took the first 2 letters of his first and last names and the city where he was born—Bonn, Germany—and combined them—Ha-Ri-Bo.
According to Smithsonian Magazine, Riegel invented a new kind of candy he called Tanzbären or "Dancing Bear." These were the precursor to today's Haribo Goldbears, which didn't come to be until 1960.
The green bear isn't strawberry flavored everywhere in the world, either. In much of Europe, the green bears are now a more understandable apple flavor.
While many people were apparently eating the green bears without realizing what flavor they were, that doesn't change the fact Haribo Goldbears are one of the most well-known candies on Earth.