Illustration of colorful gummy bears. Text reads: Statistics (Gummi Bears); Courtesy of Ruby Bond (Various Gummies); Steve Cukrov/Alamy Stock Photo (Haribo) Keith Homan/Alamy Stock Photo (Sour Patch, Swedish Fish, Haribo Peaches); Edd Westmacott/Alamy Stock Photo (Dots); Viktor Fischer/Alamy Stock Photo (Boston Fruit Slices)


CCSS: 6.SP.B.5, 7.SP.A.2, MP1, MP3, MP5

TEKS: 6.12C, 6.12D, 7.6G, 7.12B

100 Years of Gummy Bears

Back in 1922, German candy maker Hans Riegel invented a squishy, sweet, translucent treat for his company, Haribo. Haribo called the gummy bears Goldbears and packaged them in a gold bag. Riegel was not the first to make a sweet chewy candy, but he was the first to use a mold more complex than basic geometric shapes. Then in the 1980s, candy companies started making gummy bears in the U.S. and creating shapes beyond the bear.

Now gummy candies come in a variety of forms, colors, and flavors—from squiggly worms to realistic-looking sushi. Even bears come in many types and flavors. Some come “sanded” with sour sugar, others are covered in crunchy, multicolored sprinkles. Each candy maker puts a different spin on the classic sweets. For example, Ruby Bond, a candy company in Atlanta, Georgia, sells trays of gummies arranged in colorful patterns.

To celebrate the bears’ 100th anniversary, Haribo released bags of Goldbears with blue-raspberry party hats added to the standard mix of red (raspberry), orange (orange), yellow (lemon), clear (pineapple), and green (strawberry) bears.

Why have gummy bears lasted so long? “I think they’re simple. They’re cute. They’re delicious. They’re chewy. People love good texture,” says Ruby Bond CEO Elizabeth Schmitt. “It’s classic nostalgia. I just think it’s something that reminds you of a certain time. How can you dislike a gummy bear?”

Answer the following questions using the information in the infographic and graphs above. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

About what percent of the time did kids pick gummy bears over another candy?

A. 39%

B. 55%

C. 67%

D. 77%

How much more does a Haribo Peach weigh than a Goldbear?

A. 0.2 grams

B. 1.9 grams

C. 4.9 grams

D. 5.2 grams

In which color does Ruby Bond stock the greatest variety of its 85 gummies?

A. red and pink

B. orange

C. blue

D. green

About how many Sour Patch Kids would it take to equal the weight of 2 Boston Fruit Slices?

A. 3

B. 7

C. 11

D. 14

About how many types of blue gummies does Ruby Bond keep in stock to make gummy trays?

A. 11

B. 15

C. 22

D. 25

Which candy was chosen about twice as often as sugar-free gum?

A. Dum Dums

B. Sour Patch Kids

C. Milky Way Bar

D. Swedish Fish

In about how many of the 75 matchups it was part of did black licorice lose?

About how many individual bears are in a 3-pound bag of Haribo Goldbears? (Hint 1 pound = 453.6 grams)

If you wanted to make a tray of gummy candies that weighed a total of 120 grams, what combinations of those in the “Gummy Weights” could you use?

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