Dave Berry once argued, "Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."
However, besides useful things such as the wheel, duct tape, WD-40 or delightful treats like beer and pizza, nothing will create an instant addiction like... gummy bears! Well, have you ever managed to eat only one gummy bear? How many beers do you need to drink before you're officially addicted?
Don't get me wrong. I am not addicted. I could stop anytime if I chose so. But why should I? It's not like gummy bears dictate my life. Just last night, shortly after midnight, I drove to my dealer's shed to get me another fix of the red and yellow stuff. Maybe, I thought, he'll have some orange flavored, or even lime. Sometimes he teases me, let's me just sniff a bag, and makes me doing things I usually wouldn't do, but that's alright. Anything for a shot of gummy bears. I need my fix, man! Please!
But I am feeling much better now (excuse me for chewing while I'm writing this). So, I asked a few people, namely some fellow authors I know, about their views on gummy bears (Excuse me! I counted ten gummy bears when I started writing...).
Peter Carroll, author of Queen Of Misfortune - A Lady Jane Grey Novel, described his view in a form that shouldn't have surprised me. In hindsight, knowing Peter Carroll, it makes sense that he wrote a poem on gummy bears.
How can anyone resist the temptation of Gummi Bears
No one with a soul can look at them and say, who cares
The colors so warm and bright
Cola, orange, cherry and blue raspberry - what a sight
Just looking stirs the taste buds into frenzy for me
I just can't wait to sample the taste
I could have them after breakfast dinner and tea
And there would not be one iota of any waste.
Jelly babies - cry your eyes out ‘cos gummy bears are here to stay
For me and mine have changed our trends
And now we wouldn't have it any other way
And believe me, sharing them is making new friends
Well, I have some different thoughts on the sharing part...
Lorelei Bell, author of Vampire Ascending and obviously an expert on all things involving vampires, was asked on a bloodsucker's view on gummy bears.
I personally stear clear of them. I mean chewing a sweet gummy bear just goes against my idea of avoiding complex corbohydrates. I get my fix on chocolate.
Vampires, although wouldn't think twice about biting the head off a gummy bear, or any other sort of gummy-animal treat. But they avoid them because they stick to their teeth. Can't bite a delicious human if your teeth are all sticky.
Ronnie Massey, author of Crimson Dawn - Book One of the Darklife Saga, also familiar with the world of vampires, fairies, and werewolves, added yet another aspect on the topic:
The question is, are we talking the sweet chewy gummy bears, or the 80's Disney's cartoon the Gummi Bears? If we are talking the first, then my views are the only purpose Gummy Bears serve in the world of vamps, were's, and the fae is as the quick snack that they are. While I hate any type of gummy candy, I can see where a quick jolt of concentrated sugar may be useful to the races that aren't dependent on blood; although maybe protein would be better... Anywho, I would imagine they would get stuck in their teeth though because of how chewy they are. And if a were overdid it, there's also the danger of getting fang rot.
If we're talking about the Gummi Bears (grew up watching that show and it was the first thing that came to mind), I think the Gummi bears are a type of Fae; not sure whether I would classify them as lower or higher Fae, but their Gummi Berry Juice is highly prized among the Fae because it enhances strength and abilities ten fold for short burst of time. Nuada, former king of the Tuatha De Danann, and the Seelie forces would not have won the Great Fae War without the aid of the Gummi Bears and their endless supply of juice.
Ariel Cyelan, guest-writer for FrogenYozurt.Com and author of The Assignment and The Power of a Vision, declares her love for gummy bears:
Gummy bears are cute, they come in a variety of colors and are squishy yet firm to the touch. They make it hard to not play with your food, yet when you bite it, the gummy bear won't be cut by your teeth. It's as if the gummy bear wants to stay intact. It's like they know you want to eat them. Don't get me started on chewing them. It's like chewing on gum, you just keep on chewing and you don't eat it until you get so sick of chewing that you swallow the whole thing! Gummy bears? Gummy bears are deceptive. They're cute and fun on the outside, but are secretly evil. What other food can you chew and chew and chew and make no progress (other than celery)? Gummy bears.
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