Gummi candies originated in 1920, in Germany, by founder Hans Riegal Sr. of Haribo.  On July 15, 1981 (the 60th anniversary of Gummi Bears) Gummi Worms got their start!  Trolli candy created and advertised them as 5 cm long.  They were dual colored and flavored, and mixed in the center of the worm.  Since then, other brands have created an even longer worm.  They vary from 10-25 cm, have more than 2 colors, flavors and coatings such as sour with a sugar topping.

My favorite memory of Gummi Worms is when my mom made me a dirt cake for one of my birthdays growing up. “Dirt cake?”  You say?  Yes!  Dirt Cake!  It has vanilla pudding, whipped cream and Oreo cookie crumbles on top.  She puts it in a terracotta pot, sticks a fake flower in it and places the Gummi worms inside to poke out of the “dirt” (Oreo crumbles) and it is the cutest cake ever!

Candy can be extremely nostalgic and Gummi Worms are just that for me.  Go grab some today and celebrate National Gummi Worm Day!

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