The blog of author Dennis Cooper

Gummi Day


‘Named after its founder and his home town – HAns-RIegel-BOnn – Haribo, inventor of the “gummi” candy is in many ways the ultimate family business. Hans Riegel inherited the recipe from his father, who created the first gummy bear (originally known as the “dance bear”) in 1922, a year before Riegel junior was born.

‘Legend has it that Riegel senior came up with the first part of the company slogan (“Haribo macht Kinder froh” / “Haribo makes children happy”), and his son completed it several years after his death (“… und Erwachsene ebenso” / “… and adults too”).

‘Even after expanding abroad in the 60s and cracking America in the early 80s, Riegel continued to operate at the heart of the business, seeking inspiration for new confectionery creations by reading comic books, watching kids’ TV and playing PlayStation in his 80s. Management advisers were frowned upon and rumoured interest from Warren Buffett in 2008 was never pursued. In one of his last interviews, Riegel said: “No investor. No shares. No bonds.”

‘Economically, his reign has been a success. According to Haribo’s estimates, the company’s 15 factories in nine European countries produce around 100 million gummy bears a day. The company logged a turnover of just under €620m in 2011. Until his death, Forbes listed Riegel as Germany’s 32rd richest man.

‘But such an autocratic business model had downsides, too. Riegel was known for opening and reading his managers’ letters, sometimes in front of the entire assembled staff. His desire to remain in the driving seat was symbolised by the fact that he continued to drive his own liquorice-black helicopter deep into his 80s.

‘Not all Riegel’s creations will find their place in the Candy Hall of Greats next to the humble gold bear, the sinful red cherry and my seedy Piratos coin. A liquorice spinning top that excited its inventor was a flop with the kids in the company-run kindergarten where Riegel liked to test his products. A Christmas-themed holy family made from gelatine was condemned by the Catholic church. And Riegel’s one-off gum for the 2006 carnival season, the “arse with ears”, remains a collector’s item only.’ — Philip Oltermann, The Guardian


How Gummi Worms are Made

To make gummy candies, they use what are called “printing boards”, large sheets with raised shapes.

To make these gummy candies, they melt the board on a stamping machine.

The machine then stamps the worm shape on trays made of corn starch.

This creates a series of corn starch molds for the gummy worms.

While that’s going on, another machine mixes gelatin, sugar, corn syrup, color and flavor and cooks the mixture at 240 degrees.

A machine called “the Depositer” pours the mixture into the corn starch board molds.

The molds then go into a refrigerated room.

In 12-15 hours, the candies cool and solidify.

A machine then flips the candies out of the trays. The corn starch molds disintegrate. As they fall downwards, the machine sifts out the lumps, then recycles the used corn starch into new corn starch trays for the next batch.

The candies go through a cleaner. As they spin, air nozzles blast off the excess corn starch.

Onto the next drum.

The next drum coats the candies with mineral oil to make them shiny.

Believe it or not, some fisherman actually use these candies as bait.

Before packaging the candy, the workers weed out any that are stretched out or stuck together.


As of August 28th, you can now use a 3D printer to produce custom candy gummies in Berlin. The world’s first 3D candy printer, “Magic Candy Factory,” had been in development for over a year through German company Katjes Fassin’s UK subsidiary, and can print gummies in 3-10 minutes; competing machines take up to an hour. The machine uses fruit puree and vegetarian gels to produce 12 shapes in 10 colors and flavors, weighing between 15g and 20g.


Who doesn’t love gummy bears? That feeling when the edible kicks in like a bat of hell and the tiniest of grins whips across your face like a soft breeze. Most folks fill their belly’s with chocolate, cookies, and brownies, so Dablione figured lets switch it up with some Rockstar gummy bears. Lets break it down on how to make some cannabis infused gummy bears. Ingredients and items required: 4 packs of unflavored Gelatin, 1 package of flavor gelatin, 3 Gummy bear molds – (found at local candy store), Water, 1/4 cup coconut oil, 12 grams of rosin chips, Coffee Filter, Double boiler (2 small pots that fit snug and boiling water), Glass measuring cup, PAM.


Gummi Bath


At 8.5 inches tall and 4.5 inches wide, these adorably morbid Gummi Bear Skeleton Candles go from “cute” to “fuzzy” to “fierce” to “pure evil,” as designer Robert Scott, founder of San Francisco-based company Skeleton Candles, puts it. Their lifespan is 100 hours of burning. The fate of the remaining charred skeleton is up to you.


Dicks By Mail is similar in concept to the ‘Ship Your Enemies Glitter’ site that took the world by storm earlier this year and then sadly turned out to be an elaborate joke. The site explains how it works: ‘Once your order is processed an anonymous package will be sent to your target containing two things; A 5oz bag of delicious gummy candy penises, and a note exclaiming ‘EAT A BAG OF DICKS’. Nothing More. Nothing Less.’


Many women today are excited to learn more and more about the breakthroughs in the cosmetic industry, helping them looking younger and beautiful. The new kid on the block, Gummy Bear breast implant, is a unique type of silicone breast implant. It has the ability to form with your breast, giving you natural looking results when receiving a breast augmentation. The Gummy Bear implant is currently made by three different companies, Allergan, Mentor and Sientra. These unique form holding implants were approved by the FDA after eight-year clinical trials with each company. The testing included over 1,800 women from each trial, some of which Dr. Schwartz was involved in.


The internet is full of many a weird thing. One of these weird things is the trend of re-creating bottled beverages in gummy candy form and slowly slicing them up.










Belgian filmmaker Alina Kneepkens created the short film below that shows ― in grim detail ― the way many gummy candies are made. Kneepkens unrolls the footage in reverse, starting with the finished candy before revealing its gory inception.


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p.s. Hey. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, Ben. Thanks, man. I was happy to put it together. Making a post is an excellent education. I recommend it. Oh, cool, I’ll watch that snowman short. And read the Raymond Biggs interview too. Thanks a lot! I’m excited. ** Liquoredgoat, Hi, Douglas! Always a real pleasure. I can only imagine that Matt Bell is is a really good teacher, and obviously I think that’s really good premise for a class. Great! It’s also obviously never too early to start Halloween. I’m trying to restrain myself from turning the blog into Halloween Town as I do every year until at least mid-September, but it’s hard. Take good care. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, David. Thanks! How did I not put ‘The Whip and the Body’ in that post? Very strange. I’ll go start to catch up via that scene. Bon day! ** Steve Erickson, Hi, Steve. I’m very pleased that you thought it was up to snuff, thank you very much. Interesting what you say about Lana del Rey. I will stream that record. That would explain why she’s a critic’s darling. Interesting when artists do work that’s critic-friendly. I guess it’s just a happy accident in most cases. I haven’t even bothered to think vaguely about listening to the recent Arcade Fire stuff, but then I thought they were massively overrated even when they started. Speaking of Canada, I am curious to hear the new Broken Social Scene record since it’s being touted as a return to form because I do think the much lauded ‘You Forgot It In People’ was a great album. I agree with whoever else that you really should write a book. Are there not other directors or themes that you feel would be exciting to write about at book length? Too bad about Critical Press folding. There must be other presses that publish those kinds of books? ** MANCY, Hey, hey, S! Thanks, man. You good? What’s the haps? ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Oh, so it’s a fishable resource kind of site. Interesting idea. I hope it works. Let me know. Well, ideally the thing is to get a job that connects directly to your talents, and maybe through journalism and stuff that can happen. Maybe the thing is to aim longer term for money work that employs your writing gifts and then just try to get a tolerable or even interesting job to tide you over until that happens? Great that you got a short piece finished that you like! Excellent day then! The interview I did wasn’t about ‘PGL’ It was for a magazine/publisher called L’incroyable. Here’s their site. Basically, it’s a magazine in form of a book. And the magazine is centered around the childhood, youth, and growing up of artists. Each issue/book centers on one artist. And I’m now one of them. So it was a long interview where I answered questions about my life from my childhood to when I started publishing and stuff, and I just rambled from memory. I guess they’ll do a second interview about more of the details. It was nice. The guy interviewing me was cool. That took up most of the day, it turned out. Otherwise I just wandered about, basically, and then I came home and worked on stuff. It was alright. How was Thursday? You have a heat wave?! Ugh! No, we don’t have one, thank goodness, but, oh no, maybe it’ll travel over here. God, I hope not. Stay as cool as possible. ** Jeff J, Hi, Jeff. That’s interesting that your wife is very into Bava. Huh. And that book sounds like a super tome. I’ll look for it. I hope your eyesight issues are solved via new glasses immediately, obviously. 60 minutes?! That does seem absurdly short for a doc about a guy as complex as Fahey. Well, I’ll find it anyway. The only ‘Fibrils’ book I’ve read is the first one, ‘Scratches’. It was fantastic, and of course the translation was a dream. No doubt the whole series will be excellent. It’s maybe Leiris’s major work, and Leiris is pretty major in my book. ** Kyler, Hi. Oh, weird, cool, out of the brains of babes. My main knowledge about God and Satan is through cartoons. I hope Roger’s read or thoughts or report or whatever you call it is clarifying and reassuring. Good luck with that, if luck is appropriate or needed. ** Misanthrope, Jedward gets all the credit. I think they’re one of those things where you can plop them down in any sentence and turn the sentence comical. Better is better, good. But that better could be better so keep on fighting the good fight. Sneaky, time-release joke there. I snorted. I liked it. ** Okay. Since we’ve already had Artificial Snow Day this week, I thought I would go ahead and just make this a very nerdy week by adding Gummi Day to the wtf madness. See you tomorrow.


  1. Hey Dennis!
    Another quick hi from the library wifi! I’m still without internet at home. So unfunny. Hannah’s out of town, so I’ve been pretty bored.
    How are you? What’s been happening?
    I sent off my entry for the horror film comp, so that’s good.
    The past two posts have looked great, in the speedy scrolls I’ve been able to give them. When I’m back online I’m going to take a long bath in Bava and Gummi goodness.
    I hope you’re having excellent days.
    Vaselined love,

  2. Hi!

    I have a thing for touching, squeezing and cutting gummy and jelly stuff so today’s post was a blast! Thank you!

    Yes, yes, that’s what I meant – for now I’m only looking for a temporary job which – as you said – just helps me survive ’til I can do what I’m good at and what I love full time. And if we’re talking about this: I finished the complete manuscript of my book today! The whole thing is done. I changed a few minor details based on the feedback of my readers and I wrote a cover letter I can attach to my submissions. I also decided which publishers I’ll send it to first. The only thing left is the title. I have a working title but I don’t want to use it as the final one. As soon as it’s born, I’ll send it out. I’m super excited!
    Wow, this interview and the whole project sounds amazing! Thank you for sending me the site!
    My day has only been about my book so far but I couldn’t be happier. It even makes the heat more bearable – the heat I hope doesn’t go where you are!
    How was your day? The Skype reading event is tonight, righ? How was it? I hope it and everything else was awesome!

  3. There is a book project I was involved in that almost got published, a collection of interviews with Francois Truffaut, but the publisher was extremely difficult to work with and expected me to track down the rights to all the interviews I wanted to include myself. This seems ridiculous, considering that I have zero expertise in this, they have connections to lawyers that I don’t, and some of the interviews I wanted to include were published by indie presses from Iowa in the ’60s so I don’t even know where I would began in searching for the rights. The New Yorker interviewed him repeatedly and was cooperative, but after this project fell through, they published a collection of those interviews themselves.

    I have had two other book ideas: a book on David Cronenberg and a collection of my writing on East Asian cinema. However, I seriously think there are about 10 books on Cronenberg at this point – when I traveled to Canada and went to a bookstore, I discovered books that haven’t been published in the U.S. I hadn’t known about – and much of the material in the Asian cinema book has long been available for free on-line. Also, there’s a lot of repetition in what I’ve written – I would have to cut out a lot of introductory paragraphs complaining about xenophobic American distributors. But there’s a really wide range of stuff in what I’ve written regarding Asian cinema that I could include: everything from two interviews with Kiyoshi Kurosawa to a 4,000-word article about Western films about North Korea. One issue is that I’ve never actually been to Asia. I would probably talk about this in my intro, discuss the fact that I spent the period circa 1992-1995 going down to movie theaters in Chinatown with other friends from college and seeing Wong Kar-wai and Hou Hsiao-hsien films at the New York Film Festival, but I’m afraid this would all come off rather Orientalist or fanboy-ish at best. But at the same time, I’ve obviously engaged with a wide variety of cinema from the continent, from extremely violent films to documentaries.

    My editor finished a very rough cut of my film and sent it to me this morning. There are some obvious sound and color problems, which she frankly admitted to me. Watching the rough cut, there are a few issues. I thought it suited the character to have him wear glasses. In fact, the actor wears glasses in real life and he’s wearing his own real glasses in the film. However, during the shoot, the cinematographer and I spent half an hour adjusting the camera and lights to avoid light reflecting off his glasses, and watching this cut, we weren’t entirely successful, especially in the first minute of the film. The film is incredibly visually stark – it’s a man sitting a chair delivering a monologue surrounded by complete darkness – and while we were shooting it, I didn’t realize just how dark it would wind up looking. I like the effect, except that in the final scene, the lighting is supposed to get even darker during the delivery of the final line and this is completely lost now. Anyway, the editor is very well aware that this cut is quite imperfect and I E-mailed her about these issues.

  4. Here’s my interview with director Bryan Fogel: http://www.studiodaily.com/2017/08/director-bryan-fogel-personal-sports-doc-icarus-became-political-bombshell/. I should warn you that I believe this is the first of four pieces I’ve written that will be published today, so expect a deluge of links.

  5. I had a major Haribo habit for a good few years. I used to go for Tangfastics, which were the sour candy ones that caused majot pain to the roof of my mouth.

    My dad’s up in Dundee for a few days, so we’re off out for a meal at the DCA tonight. Think we’ll say hi to Alexandra there, who’s off to see It Comes at Night tonight also.

    Tomorrow I’ll go see Donna at Fleet Collective and I hope it’s a productive meeting.

  6. OK, here’s the end of the link flood, a review of the Ozu/Bresson-influenced Colombian film THIS TIME TOMORROW: http://gaycitynews.nyc/misunderstood-teens-fresh-take/. I should note that everything else I’ve written or will write this month will be published in its final two weeks, so this is it for quite a while. But I would be making much more money if I were this busy every week.

  7. Dennis, My great grandmother loved gummis. Ate them until she died at 96. I like the ones shaped like things other than bears. Never could stand those clear-looking ones, though.

    You hit it on the head: like any comedy, timing is almost everything. Every once in a while, I’ll luck out and time something perfectly and I’m hit! Happens once every 17 years or so. I got another 5 to go for the next one.

    I need to look up Jedward. Last I heard, they wanted to be known by their first names or something like that. Bleh. I wonder if they still get almost naked all the time, hyper little fuckers.

  8. well, Dennis, as you know, cartoons contain the most profound ideas. I even quoted Maleficent tonight, a major inspiration of my childhood. Thanks for the luck wishes…it was great! As I told Roger, “For the first time in 16 years, I will sleep well tonight.” Let’s hope he was right…I’ll let you know….

  9. Dizzle, what’s up homie? Lord you were right about American escorts, I’ve been reviewing their profiles and almost fell to sleep.

    gummy bears bouncing here and there and everywhere adventures beyond compare we are the gummy bears lol

    the white gummy bear is of particular interest that flavor lemony yet a popular shot drink tastes exactly like it. I think yellow are the best. wait is this a nazi candy? they are fun to decaptate

    cool Gisele day. I wanted to “elevator” a couple of her dolls during TH. how’s film stuff? the fisting scene it gets me dancing cutting myself shooting people for no reason.

    the wassernames have finally made it inside just found a baby one gecko thinges? writing an mr James style story. love love

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