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Gummi Worm Day


About Gummi Worm Day

Date When Celebrated: Gummi Worm Day is always Celebrated on July 15

What are Gummi Worms? Why they are a gross and yucky, yet deliciously sweet and sour chewable gelatin candy. That translates into a wildly popular candy for young children, teens, and even many adults. Never mind that they are loaded with sugar and therefore not good for you. Everyone loves the flavors, along with the squishy, worm-like texture. Therefore, it's only appropriate that today we get to celebrate Gummi Worm Day.

Unlike their predecessor, the ever popluar and cute little gummi bears, gummi worms have the "yuck" factor nailed. Gummi worms are used in many ways. You can enjoy them all by themselves. But, the fun is the many creative ways you can put them into desserts and snacks. Just imagine the decorating possibilities. You can partially or fully hide them in pudding, Jell-O, frosting on cakes and muffins, mix them in a fresh fruit salad, and so much more. You are only limited by your imagination. Of course, they are very popular in Halloween treats, too. For Halloween, the grosser the better.

Did You Know? The original name for them in Germany is "Gummi". In the United Sates it was translated to "Gummy". It is pronounced the same. However, you can spell it any way you prefer. I promise everyone will know exactly what you are referring to.

Gummi Worm History

We can't talk about gummi worms without talking about gummi bears, as they were created first. In1920, Hans Riegel of Bonn, Germany began making gummi bears in his kitchen. He first sold them on July 15, 1920. Demand quickly grew and he formed Haribo company, which eventually went on to market them around the world. American candy manufacturer Trolli created the gummi worm. Gummi Worms hit the market on July 15, 1981. It was intended to be a shock factor to parents. At its' inception, it succeeded for both kids and adults. But, that didn't stop people from absolutely loving them. Trolli company was sold to Kraft Foods in 2004.

How to Celebrate Gummi Worm Day

You know what to do today! Enjoy Gummi Worms in any manner you prefer. However, we encourage you to have fun with it, and make a dessert or snack where they are inside or on top of the snack.

Thought for Today: "A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm." - - Bill Vaughan

History and Origin of Gummi Worm Day

While much is known about gummi bears and worms, we know little about who created this day, why, or when. Based upon our historical research, this holiday first appeared in 2013. We found no reference to who created this day.

This holiday was not created as a "National" day. A couple of websites refer to it as "National Gummi Bear Day". However, this is not the title we found on the earliest recordings of this day.

Neither the U.S. Congress, nor any President of the United States has proclaimed today to be National Gummi Bear Day.

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