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Why Are Wine Gums Called Wine Gums?

Updated July 19, 2017

Wine gums are a sweet from the early 1900s that Charles Gordon Maynard, whose father operated a sweetshop, invented. Despite the name, these popular candies contain no wine, which can confuse a lot of people.

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Why the name?

Wine gums are called wine gums because of the way those eating them should savour the flavours of the treat -- as one savours wine -- as well as the candies' flavours, not because of any alcohol content.

Types of Flavors

Flavours of wine gums include port wine, champagne, burgundy, gin and even sherry. The candies also come in a variety of colours, including black, purple, orange, green and yellow.


Wine gums contain gelatin, sweeteners, flavouring and colourings. Most wine gums are firm and chewy, but people can make their own candies at home to get their own desired wine gum consistency.

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About the Author

Rachel Oakley has written professionally since 2003. She has worked as an editorial intern at "The Onion" newspaper and freelanced for the educational website Gigglepotz. She also worked as an editorial assistant in Australia, while completing college. Oakley holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy from the University of Adelaide, Australia.

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