Is this PROOF that Haribo scrimp on love hearts?

Is this PROOF that Haribo scrimp on love hearts? Researchers find there are THREE times more gummy bears than other varieties after sifting through 100 bags and 5,738 sweets

  • Researchers at Magnet sifted through 100 packs of Starmix and 5,738 sweets
  • A typical pack contains a mix of hearts, cola bottles, fried eggs, rings and bears
  • In a 190g bag, snackers have the highest chance of grabbing a gummy bear 
  • Average pack has more than three times as many gummy bears as fried eggs

Everyone has their favourite Haribo, but it’s bad news if you like love hearts as a study has proven that the red-coloured jelly sweets are the least common variety.

An average 190g pack of Haribo Starmix sweets contains more than three times as many gummy bears as fried eggs, with Cola bottles also in short supply, researchers found.

A typical pack of jelly sweets contains a mix of love hearts, cola bottles, fried eggs, rings and gummy bears in a variety of colours and flavours.

Researchers at Magnet (magnet.co.uk) sifted through a staggering 100 packs of Starmix and counted 5,738 sweets to find out what the chances were of picking out your favourite variety, and how that might differ from pack to pack.

Researchers at Magnet found that a typical 190g pack of Haribo Starmix contains fewer fried eggs and cola bottles than any other variety (pictured) – with the ratio seemingly skewed in favour of the less popular gummy bears

In a 190g bag, snackers have the highest chance of grabbing a gummy bear – as they make up 38 per cent of the bag.

There’s a one in five (20 per cent) chance of picking out a ring, a 16 per cent chance of snatching a heart and 14 per cent chance of choosing a cola bottle. 


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That just leaves the foamy fried egg, which you have a one in eight (12 per cent) chance of picking out of a pack.

It appears that the quantities are strongly weighted in favour of the less popular gummy bears.

Using these calculations, they worked out what an average bag of 190g Haribo Starmix is made up of.

After sifting through 100 bags of Haribo Starmix and 5,738 sweets, researchers at Magnet worked out what an average bag of 190g Haribo Starmix is made up of (pictured)

The least common sweet which makes up an eighth of a bag is the foamy fried egg, with an average pack count of just seven. 

However, if you’re sharing a pack with gummy bear fanatics then you’re in luck, as they’re the most common in a pack with a generous 22 bears to share or munch on. 

They also quizzed 2,004 people around the UK which sweet they reach for, to find out what the regional favourites are.

They found that Birmingham-dwellers prefer cola bottles, Belfast residents favour fried eggs and people living in Norwich favour the ring. 

MailOnline has contacted Haribo for comment. 

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