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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Monster of a Halloween Treat

Trick-or-treaters will need an oversize bag for this goodie. Billed as the “World’s Largest Gummy Bear,” this supersized sweet is more than a mouthful for children and adults alike.
It weighs 5 pounds, stands nearly 10 inches tall and is nearly 1,000 times the size of a regular gummy bear, according to World's Largest Gummy Bears!, the company that makes the eponymous product.
The bears, which come in six flavors and can sell for as little as $29.95, are not to be eaten in one sitting. Packing a whopping 12,600 calories, it is equal to 1,400 regular-size gummy bears, or 90 servings. Ingredients include corn syrup, sugar, gelatin and grape juice concentrate.
Want a bite? Retailers across the nation and the Web have jumped at the chance to sell the colossal candy.

“We’ll admit that the World’s Largest Gummy Bear (aka WLGB) is both disgusting and glorious,” reads web retailer VAT19's site, adding that it can last up to a year when placed in a refrigerator. It’s the "lion of the candy world." 
And while it may be harder to break into than traditional gummy bears, the World’s Largest Gummy Bears Company website has tips on how to eat it, including cooling it in the fridge and cutting it with a knife and fork, or warming it in the sun. 
“Our family recipe and careful craftsmanship results in gummy bears that are full of delicious flavor,” the World’s Largest Gummy Bear website reads. “When you open the bag the aroma of the bear fills the room. We use only the best ingredients to make sure every ounce is good to eat.” 
If you still have room for more giant gelatin treats, or prefer a different shape, giant gummy worms are also available. Not as heavy as the giant gummy bear, giant gummy worms weigh 3 pounds, are about 2 feet long and are 128 times bigger than the traditional version.

Meanwhile, for those who love gummy bears but don’t love the calories, a gummy bear chandelier may be more up your alley. New York design store Jellio has created a “candelier,” made of approximately 5,000 hand-strung acrylic gummy bears.

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