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There has been a debate raging online over the occupation of a particular Haribo sweet.

The Haribo Starmix bag is a classic confectionery treat, but one Facebook post posed a question that made us reconsider everything we ever thought we knew about the jelly sweets. 

The bag has a strictly cosmic theme, and Scottish Patterr made a connection between the theme and the classic fried egg sweetie, which he claims is a flying saucer.

Another Facebook user backed him up adding, "Egg = UFO, Cola bottles = spaceship, ring = Saturn rings, bear = astronaut in his outfit." Mindblowing. 

The internet quickly descended into madness over this divisive issue, with people feeling that the veil has been lifted on a confectionery conspiricy that they never knew about.

Others adamantly belive that the egg is an egg, and this is backed up by a statement on the Haribo website. 

"HARIBO Starmix contains the ever popular favourite shapes such as the lemon flavoured Fried Eggs and raspberry flavoured Heart Throbs."

"There are also the iconic Cola Bottles and strawberry, lemon and orange flavoured Bears."

"As well as the playful Rings in raspberry & pineapple, orange & lemon and raspberry & lemon flavours."

Despite the official source putting the argument to bed, the debate rages on. What do you think? 

 

 

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Recently police in the US warned parents of the dangers of ecstasy pills that 'looked like' sweets and could accidentally be eaten by children. But today Haribo has managed to turn that problem on its head by launching a new range of sweets that look like, well, something a fair bit stronger than what they actually are.

Behold, Haribo's rave-inspired jellies:

According to the Haribo site, the sweets have a "slightly acidic" taste, and come in flavours like cola, lemon and raspberry, with each circular sweet designed to look like a "button" on a DJ deck.

The new DJ Brause Sauer (translated as 'DJ Sherbet') sweets are disco-themed, which has only added to the controversy.

When asked by one publication about the possible link to drugs, the German sweet company said it takes its "social responsibility very seriously" and that the jellies are only intended to look like play, pause, rewind and fast-forward buttons.

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Have you had a love affair with liquorice? Get shaky around a bit of sherbet? Do you go mad for a bit of marshmallow? Well, you are most definitely not alone. 

In fact, it turns out our consistent love of all things sweet and sugary is not a modern phenomenon. 

Our cave dwelling ancestors loved a bit of something sweet as early as 8000BC and apparently would raid beehives to snack on honeycomb.

We know the feeling.

According to confectionery historian Tim Richardson, many of the sweets we know and love today have been around for a long time, but have been simply repackaged to suit the time period.

“Throughout history, many sweets have maintained their allure and popularity because they have kept up with the latest taste trends while fitting in with changing lifestyles.”

So do you have a favourite type of sweet? Check out our timeline below to find out where it came from. 

Honeycomb

Depicted in cave drawings from around 8000BC, the first cavemen would face the wrath of angry bees just to get some of that sweet stuff.

This is the first reference to a 'sweet' as we know it making honeycomb our oldest known sugary treat. Yum.

Liquorice

First discovered in 800BC, this sweet substance taken from the roots of the liquorice plant was initially used in medicines.

Until they realised how delicious it was. 

Lollipops

The first reference to a lolly came in 1550 when syrup was dropped into special boxes filled with the upright sticks and left to harden.

So simple!

Gums and Pastilles

The concoction of our favourite chewy sweets was perfected in France from as early as 1650.

It was not until a French master confectioner arrived in England in the 1890s with the idea for fruit pastilles that the sweets became a public favourite, all thanks to Rowntree's.

Chewing Gum

Though chewing gum in many forms is said to have existed since the Neolithic period, the first flavoured chewing gum as we know it  was created and marketed by an American entrepreneur called Thomas Adams.

Chicle is the natural gum from which chewing gum is made and Adams had intended to use it as a substitute for rubber. It did not quite work as a rubber replacement but instead was cut up and sold as gum.

Marshmallow

Originally a medicine derived from the marshmallow plant, French confectioners imitated the sweet substance using egg whites and flour.

It went on to take the US by storm.

Softies

And we come to the modern day king of the sweets, the Haribo Starmix *drool*

These sweets came into their own in the 1990’s and were marketed as an alternative to hard boiled sweets that were popular in the 20th century. 

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You might think it's all fun and games when it comes to sweets and candy; but apparently not so.

There's been a long-running legal battle between Haribo and Lindt Chocolate —and you won't believe why. 

Back in 2012, the gummy bear company decided that the Swiss chocolatier's famous gold-foil chocolate bears too closely resembled its cartoon mascot.

But this week, a federal court judge finally settled the debate.  

"Lindt's sales of bear-shaped chocolates wrapped in a golden foil with a red ribbon is neither a violation of Haribo's 'Gold Bear' trademark nor an illegal imitation of the fruit gum products." 

And Lindt wins!

According to Agence France-Passe, the main argument for Lindt was that the chocolate bears were inspired by another of its successful sellers, the famous gold-foil bunny offered at Easter that also dons a red ribbon around its necks.

The gold bunny was first created in 1952. In comparison, the first batch of Haribo Gold Bears was produced in 1967. 

A German court originally ruled in favour of Haribo before an appeals court countered that verdict by siding with Lindt and stating that the chocolate bears could not be mistaken for Haribo's sweets.

To reach a final verdict, the case was taken to the Federal Court of Justice where Lindt was the ultimate victor.

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