The world's largest gummi bear weighs five pounds.
It's five-and-a-half inches tall. It's three-and-a-half inches deep. It's the equivalent of 1,400 modestly sized gummi bears, and contains over 12,000 calories. If candy were a religion, the world's largest gummi bear would be Shiva, destroyer of molars.
"We had to have something Wal-Mart didn't have," said Derek Lawson, the creator of the gelatinous behemoth and owner of Candyship.com, to the News Observer. "We said, 'Let's make the world's largest gummy worm.'"
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Lawson created the line of enormous ursine gummi many years ago in North Carolina. But a recent flurry of mentions online -- likely inspired by a Midwest retailer's YouTube vids -- have brought the candy-strosities newfound popularity.
"You can either hog every mouthwatering morsel yourself," says the promotional video for Vat19.com, "or give someone the greatest flipping gift ever."
Vat19 stands to make a good margin from their promotional efforts.
The gummy bears are available in red, blue, and green "flavors" for $29.95 from St. Louis' Vat19.com. That's a $10 markup from Candyship.com, where the bears are available in seven additional flavors for only $14.95.
Vat19 peddles Gummy Bear On a Stick, too, for $9.95. That's $5 less than Candyship, though the latter includes shipping costs in the price.