The Many Uses for Gummi Bears

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Last week, a chandelier made of Gummi Bears made the rounds on the "˜net. I was inspired to look up the history of the Gummi Bear. Did you know Gummi Bears were first produced in 1922?! Candymaker Hans Riegel called them "dancing bears". It wasn't until 1981 that they became widely available in the United States. Besides appealing to kids' tastes, Gummi Bears turned out to be useful in many other ways.

Scientific Experiments

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Make your Gummi Bear grow by soaking him in water overnight. Another scientific experiment involves burning Gummi Bears in the name of science.

Pranks

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The folks at Amazon redecorated a vacationing co-worker's desk with about twenty-five pounds of Gummi Bears.

Home Decor

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Brighten your home with these cordless Gummi Lights, which run on lithium batteries. They're made of real rubber, not sugar.

More uses for Gummi Bears, after the jump.

Crime

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Gummi Bears contain the best material for fooling fingerprint scanners.

Cake Decorating

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Gummi Bears are candy is wonderful for decorating cakes, and taste better with icing than those cheese-flavored fish. You'll find notes on how this cake was made at Candy Addict, and more notes at Flickr. Here's another cake, this one with bears.

Fashion

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Gummis stick to the skin. At least I hope so, in this case. They might be more useful to you as jewelry.

The Arts

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Gummi Bears are such an icon that artists are inspired. This Gummi Bear is an oil pastel drawing on paper, for sale through Deviant Art.

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The aforementioned Gummi chandelier was made by artist Ya Ya Chou, who also constructed this bearskin rug and other delights (from her website, click on "sculpture" to see the Gummi Bear series).

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They lend themselves handily to stop-motion animation. This experimental film uses Gummi Bears for their elasticity and adhesiveness.

In researching this, I came across a lot of references to Gummi Bears and sonograms. Apparently, fetuses go through a stage where they quite resemble the candy! I decided that posting a photo would be too personal, but you can find such photos with a simple search.

Can you think of other imaginative uses for Gummi Bears?

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March 15, 2007 - 3:14am
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