3) Swedish Fish & Haribo Gold Bears
Swedish Fish hit the US market in the late 1950s. The original owner of these candies was a Swedish company called Malaco, looking to expand to America. Malaco wanted to create a product that reflected the culture of Sweden, a fish-shaped gummy candy was created. Fishing was and is still a large part of Sweden’s culture, and fish is a considerable part of the Swedish diet. Cadbury Adams distributes the candy in the US today, but the fish gummies are still distributed by Malaco in Sweden. The gummy bear originated in Germany Hans Riegel, Sr., a confectioner from Bonn, started the Haribo company in 1920. You wouldn’t think of health benefits attached to gummy candies, but in recent years gummy vitamins have become very popular.
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