Gummy worms may be a staple in terms of childhood memories (anyone else stock up on them at the mall's candy store before heading into a movie?), but have you ever stopped and thought what exactly you're eating?
Unlike Skittles or Starburst, which clearly mark out the flavors, it was always a bit of a mystery what flavors the different colors were supposed to represent and, unlike their cousin the gummy bears, it was always a bit of a mystery why we enjoyed something that was shaped like a slimy dirt dweller.
So what's the story behind these mysteriously delicious gummy treats? In honor of National Gummy Worm Day, which was July 15, we dug up some fun facts on this childhood favorite.
- The gummy candy concept apparently originated in 1922 by a German candy maker.
Okay, so the gelatin thing is kind of a bummer. But we won't lie...we're kind of craving some now. Anyone else?