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Anonymous asked in Food & DrinkOther - Food & Drink · 1 decade ago

why are wine gums called that when they have no wine in them?

16 Answers

  • Anna G
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favourite answer

    ok, found this answer. hope it helps

    Wine gums originated in the UK.

    Charles Riley Maynard started his business in 1880 by producing confections in a candy kitchen with his brother Tom, while his wife Sarah Ann, served the customers. Maynard's candy grew steadily and was launched as a company in 1896. Maynard's Wine Gums were introduced in 1909 by Maynard's son Charles Gordon Maynard. Charles Riley Maynard nearly fired his son on the spot when the junior Maynard came up with the recipe for Maynard's Wine Gums. It took Charles Gordon Maynard some time to persuade his strict Methodist and teetotaller father that the sweets didn't really contain actual wine.

    The gums come in five shapes: kidney, crown, diamond, circle and rectangle, and are labeled with five names: port, sherry, champagne, burgundy and claret. They do not now, or have they ever, contained wine/

    So... why are they called "wine gums". There are two apocryphal stories told:

    One is that after hearing a fiery temperance sermon, Maynard the younger decided to market his candies as an aid to cutting down one's alcohol consumption. Therefore, he called them "wine gums", and labeled them with wine names.

    The other story is simpler and probably closer to the truth. Maynard the younger wished to market his candies as being so good that they should be appreciated like a fine wine. Therefore he called them "wine gums" and labeled them with wine names.

  • kuy
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Wine Gums

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Points of Interest

    In the late 19th century, it was discovered that fermented wine mixed with a gelling agent produced an exquisite confection of exceptional texture and flavour. This new type of candy was named, quite appropriately, the Wine Gum. The new creation, with its original strong flavour and rich chewy texture quickly became a popular treat. Wine is no longer used in the recipe, although modern production methods allow skilled confectioners to maintain the traditional chewy texture and the full rich flavour that has made Wine Gums a preferred choice among candy lovers for over a century. Wine Gums originated in England and today our Wine Gums are produced in a state of the art production facility in the U.K. and contain only natural colours and flavours

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There used to be sweet cigarettes as well. Those were the days when you could have wine and a ciggy for a few pence! Actually they were just called that for marketing. The temperature the sweets are made at would evaporate any alcohol and destroy the wine taste. Same with whisky fudge.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Today's amazing fact..The E.U. commission have a list of British products who's brand names they are not happy with these include, Granny smiths apples, mushy peas, baked beans and wine gums

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because they were originally made with wine.

    Did you pull this straight out of todays Metro?

  • 1 decade ago

    so you can whine about the name wine gums when you find no wine in them

  • Lexia
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    they used to use wine in them but they were told that they had to take the alcohol out because of young kids being able to buy them

    but if you suck them you will notice an alcoholic flavour faint in them,

    they just use wine supplements

    if that makes sense.

  • 1 decade ago

    The same reason that Cola Bottles are so called, even though they don't contain any cola. Or Fox's Glacier mints - they don't have either foxes or glaciers in them.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Thats the same as asking why are peanuts called peanuts when they have no peas in them, no one knows but its probally cos it sounds good and it makes people want to buy the iteam more.

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