National Gummi Worm Day

July 15

When is National Gummi Worm Day?

National Gummi Worm Day happens on Monday July 15, 2024.

Celebrating the Sweet and Squiggly: National Gummi Worm Day

Gummi Worms: these wiggly, squiggly, and irresistibly sweet treats have wriggled their way into the hearts of candy lovers worldwide. Every July 15th, we celebrate National Gummi Worm Day, a day dedicated to the joy these colorful candies bring. But what makes Gummi Worms so special, and how many varieties are there? Let’s dig into the sugary soil of this delightful confectionery world.

The Origin of Gummi Worms

Gummi Worms were first introduced in the early 1980s as a fun and slightly mischievous candy that children could enjoy while grossing out their parents. Building on the success of gummi bears, these treats offered a new, playful shape with the same chewy texture and vibrant flavors. Today, Gummi Worms are not just a kids’ delight but a favorite of candy aficionados of all ages.

A Spectrum of Flavors and Types

Gummi Worms come in an astonishing variety of flavors and styles, catering to every palate. Here’s a taste of what you might find:

  • Fruity Worms: The classic gummi worm is often fruity, with flavors ranging from orange, lemon, and lime to raspberry, grape, and pineapple. These worms are brightly colored and often come in dual flavors, with each half of the worm offering a different taste.
  • Sour Worms: For those who like a tangy twist, sour gummi worms are coated in a mouth-puckering sour sugar. These worms offer a perfect balance of sweet and sour, making them an addictive snack for many.
  • Sugar-Free Worms: Health-conscious and diabetic candy lovers can still enjoy the squiggly fun of gummi worms with sugar-free options. Made with alternative sweeteners, these worms provide the same great taste without the sugar.
  • Natural and Organic Worms: Catering to the demand for cleaner eating, some brands offer gummi worms made with natural flavors and colors, free from artificial additives. These gummies often use organic sweeteners and fruit juices to deliver a guilt-free treat.
  • Giant Worms: For those who believe in the “go big or go home” philosophy, giant gummi worms take the cake. These colossal candies can be several feet long and offer hours of chewy enjoyment.
  • Vegan Worms: Gelatin, the traditional gelling agent in gummi candies, is animal-based, which excludes vegans and some vegetarians from enjoying them. However, vegan gummi worms made with pectin or other plant-based gelling agents are now available, ensuring everyone can join in the fun.

Celebrating National Gummi Worm Day

How can you celebrate National Gummi Worm Day? Here are a few sweet ideas:

  1. Gummi Worm Tasting Party: Gather a variety of gummi worms and invite friends over for a tasting. Compare flavors, textures, and have fun ranking your favorites.
  2. Gummi Worm Decorating: Incorporate gummi worms into your cake decorating for a playful twist. Worms peeking out of cupcakes or cookies can add a fun element to any treat.
  3. Craft with Gummi Worms: From making edible jewelry to decorating picture frames or creating artwork, gummi worms can be a fun, creative medium.
  4. Movie Night with Gummi Worms: Enjoy a movie marathon with a big bowl of gummi worms to snack on. Choose from classics, animations, or anything that pairs well with the theme of sweetness and fun.

National Gummi Worm Day is a testament to the joy these little candies bring into our lives. Whether you prefer them sour, sweet, giant, or organic, there’s a gummi worm out there for everyone. So, let’s celebrate the day by indulging in these delightful treats and spreading the sweet joy they embody. Happy National Gummi Worm Day!

When does National Gummi Worm Day happen next year?

National Gummi Worm Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday July 15, 2025
  • Wednesday July 15, 2026
  • Thursday July 15, 2027
  • Saturday July 15, 2028
  • Sunday July 15, 2029


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