Gummy bears are a favorite delicacy that first appeared in the early 1980s and became popular among children and adults alike. However, the history of the sweet goes back far further than that. In the early 1920s, German entrepreneur Hans Riegel founded the confectionery brand Haribo, and it was around this time that gummy candies were first introduced to the world. In the modern-day, Haribo is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of gummy sweets.
The earliest gummy sweets made by Riegel were in the shape of bears. Those trained bears that he had grown up seeing at street festivals all around Europe served as inspiration for him. Gum arabic was the first foundation component that Riegel utilized, and it was this that gave rise to the appellation “gummy bears.” If you are vegan and looking for a plant-based alternative we have curated a list of the best vegan bears
1. Albanese World's Best 12 Flavor Gummi Bears
Albanese 12-flavor gummy bears deliver a lot of flavor into a little package of delectable gummi. When you take one bite of these fruity gummies, you’ll notice the difference between their massive fresh fruit flavors and their wonderfully soft crunch, which you won’t find in other gummy candy. The Albanese gummy bears are one of the best gummy bear brands. They contain all fruit flavors such as sweet and sour. These gummies are tasty, soft and organic. These are gluten-free, fat-free and dairy-free therefore, fully organic and made with natural ingredients. Albanese gummy candies are an allergy-friendly snack that is free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, MSG, gluten, and artificial sweeteners. They have a sweet, fruity flavor that everyone can enjoy and are free of the following allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten, and artificial sweeteners. Each pack weighs 5 pounds.
Ingredients– Corn Syrup (From Corn), Sugar (From Beets), Water, Gelatin, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Pectin (Derived from Fruit), Vegetable Oil (Coconut, Canola), and Carnauba Leaf Wax (To Prevent Sticking), FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, FD&C Blue #1* Yellow #5 – E102, Red #40 – E129, Yellow #6 – E110, & Blue #1 – E133**Coconut Oil is highly refined and is not considered an allergen.
Special Mention– Organic
Pros– Sweet, Tasty, organic, affordable
Cons– Packaging may not be good
2. Black Forest Gummy Bears Candy
These gummy bears are made with fresh fruit juices and fat, gluten-free and taste really good. I feel the packaging of these gummies is really good. They come in a resealable pack which keeps them fresh throughout and prevent them from getting soggy. The gummies are made from high-quality ingredients that are totally organic. These gummies come in a variety of flavors and various colors as well. These organic gummies are very juicy and taste really good. I would say everyone should try these gummies at least once. There is a chance that you may find these gummies.
Ingredients– ‘CORN SYRUP, SUCROSE, GELATIN, CITRIC ACID, APPLE JUICE CONCENTRATE, SODIUM CITRATE, COCONUT OIL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CARNAUBA WAX, RED 40, YELLOW 5 AND BLUE 1.’
Special Mention– Packaging is really good.
Pros– Tasty, sweet, comes in a resealable pack, juicy
Cons– Too sweet, slightly expensive
3. Haribo Gold Gummi Bears Bags
Haribo is a very famous brand for gummy bears and other candies and their products have a huge demand. Although all their candies are very nice and tasty I feel particularly this product is not really good. I would really not recommend this. It weighs 1.5 kgs and its unit count is 24. Though it is having a fruit flavor its taste is really dull and off. The packaging of these gummies is not really good. They are melted and taste bitter.
Ingredients– GLUCOSE SYRUP (FROM WHEAT OR CORN), SUGAR, GELATIN, DEXTROSE (FROM WHEAT OR CORN), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: CITRIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS, PALM OIL, PALM KERNEL OIL, CARNAUBA WAX, WHITE BEESWAX, YELLOW BEESWAX
Special Mention– Affordable
Pros– Affordable, quantity is good
Cons– dull flavor, the packaging is not good, melted
4. Sweet Candy Company Cinnamon bear candy
These candies will remind you of old times. They have a classic taste and are of red color. They are perfect for wedding parties, birthday parties and also as a dessert. Their taste is really sweet and these organic candies have a smooth texture. These are some of the best gummy candies on this list. These gummy candies are made with natural ingredients and are gluten-free. You can also take it while traveling.
Ingredients- Corn syrup, sugar, modified cornstarch, naturally and artificially flavors, carnauba wax, artificial color red 40.
Special Mention– Organic
Pros– Sweet, Soft, Smooth, Tasty
Cons– Expensive, packaging may be hampered
5. LIL' NITRO (2-Pack) The World's Hottest GUMMY BEAR
These gummies are really different. These gummies are extremely spicy. So, if you are not a fan of chilies you should not consume this gummy cand. These gummies can also have some side effects such as blur vision, pain, dizziness, sweating, heat sensation, nausea, etc. It is really good for some cool challenges at a party. These gummies are just for fun. Do not try this if you can’t handle this. They are allergen-free and are of red color. It weighs 0.1 ounces
Ingredients– Corn Syrup Sugar, Water, Gelatin, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavor, 9M SHU Chile Extract, Red #40, Sodium Benzoate, Coconut Oil and Carnauba Wax.
Special Mention– Allergen free
Pros– Allergen free, affordable, good quantity
Cons– very spicy, has many side effects
6. Smarty Stop Sugar-Free Gummy Bears
These colorful sugar-free gummies are really good for people who have diabetes or people who don’t like to eat sugar or sweets. They are also very affordable and less sweet. The packaged weight is 0.48 kilograms and the unit count is 32 ounces. They come in a resealable pack which is an additional advantage. They are sweetened with maltitol.
Special Mention– Resealable pack
Pros– less sweet, healthy
Cons– can have a mild laxative effect
7. PROJECT 7 Low Sugar - Keto Gummies
These organic gummy bears contain low sugar and each bag of these gummies contains 3 grams of sugar which are quite less than other gummy bears. I would recommend this for people who are diabetic, consume less sugar, or are health conscious. If you are a person who likes to eat sweet stuff then it is not for you. The texture of these gummies is very smooth and soft. It is a low carb snack so you can munch these from time to time
Ingredients– Soluble Corn Fiber, Allulose, Organic Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Pectin, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors (Lemonade, Strawberry, Kiwi-Lime, Elderberry, Tropical, Watermelon-Grapefruit), Colored with Fruit and Vegetable Concentrates (Carrot, Blueberry, Blackcurrant, Sweet Potato), Organic Sunflower Oil, Turmeric and Spirulina Extracts for Color, Stevia Extract, Carnauba Wax.
Special Mention– Low carbs
Pros– low sugar, soft, healthy snack
Cons– can become soggy if not packed properly, pricy
8. VEGOBEARS Venice Beach Sour Gummy Bears
These vegan gummies have the flavor apple, lemon, and pineapple. The gummies are totally vegan and organic. These gummies are suitable for all age groups and do not contain any artificial color, artificial sweetener, or additives. They are very chewy, soft, and easy to swallow. You can also gift this to your loved ones.
Ingredients– Organic rice syrup, organic cane syrup, water, pectin, citric acid, lactic acid, organic fruit juice color, organic spirulina extract color, natural lemon flavor, natural pineapple flavor, natural apple flavor.
Special Mention– Organic
Pros– Sour taste, natural ingredients, chewy
Cons– packaging is not good, low quantity
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