A Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Every Christmas Eve, my brothers and I like to annoy my mother by stalking our stockings. It’s really not our fault, you see, ever since we were little, our Christmas stockings were something we could open up right after we got home from church, so it was in-between church and Christmas Eve dinner that we would be able to enjoy some small gifts and a lot of candy (yes, right before dinner!). Even as we get older, we still may gather at my parents before Christmas Eve service and take a look at what might be spewing out of our socks. Mother gets super upset, yells at us, chases us away, then we do it all over again. It’s sort of like wash, rinse and repeat.

After church, we arrive back to mom and dad’s house and then as she preps appetizers, we big kids head to our socks and well, pretty much tear into them. As we get older, we are a bit more slow in pulling out the Christmas stocking items. My own kids and my niece also join in the fun with their stockings as well. Of course, in the midst of all of this, my mother is trying to prepare Christmas dinner. While she is excited that we are opening our socks, she’s still annoyed beyond belief that we are ripping into small packages and candy that she has filled into our socks. With any luck, there might be a small adult beverage hiding in the “big kids” socks! Woo hoo!

Where am I going with this? There’s something my mom always puts in our Christmas stockings…

Do you need a quick and easy stocking stuffer? Grab some of these Haribo Christmas Edition Gold Bears! This package only includes red and green gummy bears, the best flavors if you ask me! You can find these in our Christmas stockings – and if my mom didn’t put them in my own sock, the grandkids get them, but I control my kids sugar intake, so really this means I get the gummy bears. It’s a well laid out scheme!

I really could annoy you all and get that Gummy (Gummi?!) Bear song stuck in your head. I’m still half thinking about posting the link to the song as I type this out… but gummy bears make the best stocking stuffer! Well, any of the Haribo gummy products are delicious, while I do love the Christmas bears, I actually do have a secret favorite in the Alphabet Letters


While I’m thinking about it, is it gummy or gummi? I suppose it depends on what part of the world you are in, I think it goes both ways. Check out the process of making the Haribo Gold Bear below!

And in case you were wondering, we do have a Haribo fun fact below (taken from their website).

Where does the name HARIBO come from?

The name HARIBO comes from HAns RIegel BOnn. Hans Riegel was the founder of the company, born in 1898 in Friesdorf (a region of Bonn, Germany). In 1920, the company was registered into the Bonn trade register as HARIBO, an acronym of the his name and the place Bonn.

Source: Haribo.com


Vegan Gummies? Yes!

First off, I have to admit, nobody in my family is vegan, but sometimes there are food and snack options that we will check out. We do like to have other options to give our children and ourselves. We try to find options free of preservatives or food coloring and that are more healthy for us.

J. Luehders of GermanyVegan Gummi Snacks are free from gelatin and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Parents can be relieved to know that there is a tasty treat without the worries of added ingredients and food coloring. Offering such flavors as Exotic Fruits, Red Berries, Fruity Flowers, Exotic Smoothie and Ruby Smoothie, there’s plenty of choices for everyone! These candies are vegan, contain no gelatin and are soft and delicious!

And I can, in fact, say these are really delicious! Along with my two sons, we decided to taste test these gummi snacks. The three flavors were tried were: Red Berries, Fruity Flower and Exotic Smoothie. They were super soft and chewy! These gummies do pack a punch of flavor, and will not disappoint! My oldest gave his dad one of the gummies out of the Red Berries package, and even dad enjoyed the flavor and said it tasted pretty good (and he can be picky, since he’s not a big fan of candy or sweets)!

My youngest son, who just turned 4, said he loved every flavor that we tried. He did not have a package that we tried that he did not like. As for myself and my oldest son (he’s an eight year old expert of treats), we both liked the Exotic Flowers best! We will have to go pick up some more flavors the next time we hit the market!

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Speaking of markets… For those in the local Grand Rapids, Michigan area, Kingma’s Market has these in stock in their brand new location in Ada! That is where we picked up our three packages of Luehders Vegan Gummies. Nibble, nibble! (You can see we ate them all…!)