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Gummi Worm Day

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About Gummi Worm Day

When is Gummi Worm Day? This holiday 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. So, enjoy this July 15 holiday with a big handful of icky gummi worms.

Unlike their predecessor, the ever-popular and cute little gummi bears, gummi worms have the “yuck” factor nailed. You can use gummi worms 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 States, people translated it to “Gummy”. However, you can spell it any way you prefer. I promise everyone will know exactly what you are referring to.

Gummi Worm and Bear History

We can’t talk about gummi worms without talking about gummi bears. They were created first. In 1920, 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. But, that didn’t stop people from absolutely loving them. At its inception, it succeeded for both kids and adults. Trolli company was sold to Kraft Foods in 2004.

Now, there are all sorts of gummi shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. Why, there’s a gummi for everyone!

How to Celebrate and Participate in Gummi Worm Day

We see two opposite ways to celebrate Gummi Worm Day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Enjoy a handful (or two) of gummi worms.
  • Put them in a candy dish on your kitchen counter and watch them disappear.
  • Put some into your family’s evening snack. But, don’t tell them.
  • Bring some to work to share with co-workers.
  • Make Worms in Mud or Wormy Fruit Salad.

Today's Quote

“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. Some websites now refer to it as National Gummi Worm 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 Worm Day.

Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.

More July 15 Holidays

Here are more July 15 holidays we are sure you will enjoy:

Be a Dork Day

Cow Appreciation Day– Go out and give a cow a hug

National Give Something Away Day

Tapioca Pudding Day

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Recipe of the Day: Worms in Mud

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