Die Gummibärchen are a popular candy in Germany, along with licorice and other gummy candies. The bears originated in Germany. Hans Riegel, a confectioner from Bonn in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, started the Haribo company in 1920, and started producing gummy bears in 1922. Even during Weimar Germany’s hyperinflation period that wreaked havoc on the country, their gummy bears remained affordably-priced for a mere 1 Pfennig, in pairs, at kiosks. In 1967 they took the shape they have now and were called Goldbären. Haribo is one of the biggest manufacturers of gummy and jelly sweets in the world. The company has 5 factories in Germany, 13 throughout the rest of Europe, and sales offices in almost every country in Europe, as well as in the USA and Australia.