This place is ridiculous. First of all, the first thing you smell when you walk near the front doors is an amazing smell of gummies, tons and tons of gummies. Not only that, but the whole store (about the size of your average euro grocery store) is full of wonderful Haribo goodness.
I wanted to come here just to visit the store, but I didn't realize until I got here that the prices are that low. We're talking about a standard size of goldenbaren for .60-.70 euros. If you want them in bulk, they have boxes in the Kg's you can take. They sell pretty much everything in multiple quantities, from small bags, to large bags, to buckets, to gift packs. They even separate the flavours of gummy bears for the people that "really like the red ones" or "don't like the white ones". That's awesome.
As Sydney M. said, yes I saw a ton of people carrying huge boxes of gummies out, but how can you not? It was like supermarket sweep (sorry, this may be a 80's North American tv reference) and all I could do was grab every bag I hadn't had before.
Needless to say, I came out with a box filled with goodies and most likely a problem when I check into my flight back to Canada...
This place is awesome! I mean talk about a kid in a candy store!! However, it's just not fair that I got to experience it versus the true fat kid. I say this because I'm not really a candy type of gal... I like savory, not sweets. However, when seeing this on my Yelp app, I just had to check it out!
This place is like a grocery store, however the aisles are filled with gummy treats! I didn't even know that most of these gummies existed! While individuals were literally filling up their full size shopping cart with candies, I opted for a small .75 cent bag of the classic gummy bears. I also did do a mini grab bag of the "pay by the weight" type of candies... There, I grabbed one sour belt in each flavor..
Two things that really caught my eye were 1) CHEAP CHEAP prices... stock up like it's going out of style, folks!! 2) Bags of gummy bears in the individual flavor! This is awesome!! For all you peeps out there that ignored a certain color, well just opt for a whole bag of one flavor!!
I am definitely coming here to stock up before I visit the family in Seattle!
I want to live in this store. The selection is extensive and the prices are unbelievable. I laughed as I saw dozens of people leaving with shopping carts full of gummies. Then I became one of them.
I was literally one bag of gummies away from my suitcase being too heavy to check on the plane without additional charges. But I have no regrets.
If you aren't going to be able to visit again for a while, seize the day. Buy all the gummies you can because this place is heaven. You'll be able to purchase happiness for next to nothing. If you later find yourself buried in your candy purchases wondering what you were thinking, just enlist your friends to help. There are many flavors and mixes that you definitely can't find in other countries, making them an even better treat.
My friend and I have always been Haribo fans. So, when she and I planned our trip to Germany, the Haribo-Shop Bonn was very high on our list of places to visit. The Haribo factory is like a child (or grown-up)'s dream come true. Everybody loves candy, and the Haribo factory definitely will satiate anyone's sugar craving.
Lidl is also near by! So if you're doing grocery shopping, you can also do your candy shopping a few streets down. The have tubs and tubs full of different kinds of gummis, but the cool thing about this place is the pick-your-own-candy station (by the kilogram)! Grab a bag and a pair of tongs, and grab what you want. From gummi bears, to sour straws, to sour belts, to lemon drops -- just about anything you can imagine and they'll have it! There isn't much Haribo you can buy in the US -- it's all in Germany ... and it's ALL in this store! This place is sugar rush central.
I didn't expect to buy a whole lot, but when I left, I left with a few large tubs of candy and bags more of it. Sure, it weighed down my suitcase -- but it was worth it. The candy was so fresh and reasonably priced, but most importantly, it was stuff that I couldn't find in the US. If I wasn't on a time crunch, I would spend hours here :)
The Haribo Fabrikverkauf was one of my favorite places to stock up on bargain candy. Yes, it's a bit out of the way of Bonn's Innenstadt and the Hauptbahnhof, but it's definitely worth it to make a trip! You'll find the best deals in the bulk bin section--when I was there, it was something like 60 cents per gram or some other ridiculously good price. (And a plus for vegans--they have an extensive selection of gelatin-free Haribo that even I, as a non-vegan, love!) This is a great place to not only fill up on sweets but knick-knacks and other Haribo-related souvenirs (think cute notebooks, pens, and other school supplies, t-shirts, hats, beach towels, bedding, and a variety of other kitschy items) as well!
While you're in the area, and if you need any other groceries, make sure to check out the Lidl and Trink Gut next door!
I have been a fan of those delicious gummibärchen since I was a child, and so visiting the Haribo factory was a bit of a dream come true for me, despite that it came many years after the fact.
Now I am a vegan, so I can't eat the majority of the gummies they make, although I was super stoked to find out they do make gelatin-free candy... if only they'd apply that across the board!
My friend and I walked away from the factory store with about $30-40 of candy each for the price of maybe 10 euros each. And it's not just candy they have there, but all kinds of gifts and souvenirs with the famous smiling yellow bear.
There's also a small museum section with special edition gummies on display, the Haribo car, a big yellow frowning Haribo bear, and more.
One thing, there's no doubt about it:
Haribo macht kinder froh und erwachsene ebenso!
Literally a kid in a candy store. That's how we felt running down allllll the aisles, drooling over the gummies. And the Ritter Sport chocolates (wtf?). They sell everything here! Keychains, lunch boxes, beach towels, bed sheets, gummies, real fruit gummies, different shaped gummies, sore throat gummies, more gummies, and even more gummies! They tasted so soft and fresh. And there was a neverending variety. I was a huge fan of the turtles with juice inside that were a bit sour on the outside. In our heads, we thought "Do we need a cart? We're not gonna buy that much." Responds our German friend, "Oh yea, you're gonna need a cart." Boy was she right. My one regret: I should have bought more!!!!
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