Did you know the idea for the very first squeezable honey bear was "born" in 1957 at the dinner table of Ralph and Luella Gamber, founders of Dutch Gold Honey? After sharing the evening meal with Woodrow and Rita Miller, fellow beekeepers from California, the conversation turned to the honey business. Before long, the four were brainstorming ideas for novel packaging ideas and they "hit paydirt"!
The original plastic bears were first produced by a company called Admiral Plastics in California. The bears were not exactly akin to the current models. Plastic molding technology was in its earlier stages and it was not uncommon for the bears to leak from the seams at their ears, or out of their noses. The honey bears' eyes and nose were hand painted on each container and sometimes red lips were applied (much to the chagrin of Ralph).
Dutch Gold celebrated the honeybear's 50th birthday in 2007 with a party, complete with cake and ice cream. A contest was held simultaneously to give the honey bear a name and the name chosen was, Nugget!