Sales (in billions of US$) of chewy candy in 2021. The pandemic has vaulted candy sales to new heights, especially “chewy candies” which include gummy bears. According to the New York Times, the U.S. is the leading consumer of gummies, followed by China and Germany (where gummies were invented a century ago). Although gummies come in scores of flavors from gherkin pickle to chile-coated to tequila-infused gummies, we ourselves prefer Champagne gummies.

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