Giant Gummy Bear #WCYDWT ?

What questions come to mind? Maybe it’s because it’s the day before spring break, but I’m having trouble coming up with good stuff. Is this worthy of the #wcydwt tag?


Features & specs:

  • Dimensions: 9.5″ x 5.5″ x 3.5″
  • Equivalent to 1400 regular-size gummy bears
  • Weighs approximately 5 pounds
  • 12,600 calories!


The best question I have is “How tall must a normal gummy bear be?”  This question would get to the idea that the original might be 11.2 (the cube root of 1400) times smaller than the large one. This would put the height of the original gummy bear at 9.5″/11.2 ~ 7/8″ of an inch tall. Or do you not tell them the height of the large gummy bear and have them measure a small one and extrapolate?

P.S. Other similar foodstuff: World’s largest gummy worm

Update: John Scammell blogs about his Giant Gummy Bear experience (great stuff):

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17 Responses to Giant Gummy Bear #WCYDWT ?

  1. Dan Meyer says:

    Great find, Dan. But isn’t the more perplexing question here something like, “How heavy is that thing, anyway?” I’m not watching video of this behemoth wondering, “My word! How tall is a normal-sized Gummi Bear?”

  2. Dave Gale says:

    nice find.

    My question is :
    Could I expect to eat the whole thing without expecting to feel/be sick?
    How much does it cost compared to the equivalent number of standard size bears?
    Therefore what is the ‘coolness factor’ price for it being big on top of the ‘raw material’ cost?
    What colours does it come in and how much food colouring is in each one?

  3. Karim says:

    How about: “If you ate the entire bear, how long would it take to burn off?”

    Here’s a helpful link:

  4. Karim says:


    1. What’s the approximate volume, and how much does a cubic inch of gummy weigh?
    2. Based on recommended daily calories, what part of bear should adult eat each day?
    3. How far away would a 5-foot person have to stand to be same height? LeBron James?
    4. How many regular gummy bears make up the bear-on-a-stick?
    5. How big would you expect’s bear to be?

  5. This is good stuff. If I had the video editing skills, I would:

    0:02 Bleep out “12 600 Calories”
    1:23 Bleep out and box over “1400 regular gummy bears”

    Then I would bring in some regular gummy bears to my class, along with some measuring tools, and let them come up with the question, “How many gummy bears is the giant one equivalent to?” The math isn’t that complicated if they have access to a scale to weigh the small gummy bears, so I’m thinking this fits in my non-academic class (Math 10-3 in Alberta) in a measurement or ratio unit.

    From there, we could go into all kinds of extensions as mentioned above.

    Thanks for this. I’m going to try it out.

  6. I took a stab at it, and changed a bit about what I said above. I’m limited to iMovie. Final Cut Pro is coming out in June much cheaper, and I’ll get it then – Thanks @ddmeyer for the heads up. I’m embarrassed to post my video and show my rudimentary editing skills, but here it is anyhow.

    I beeped (school bell in iMovie was closest I could find) out the calorie count, the dimensions (covering them up in the movie was tricky with iMovie), and the number of small Gummy bears equivalent.

    The video is here:

    Large File, Nice Video:

    Small File, Grainy Video:

    My lesson will go something like this. I haven’t worked through all the details and math yet to see how it works out.
    1. Play the edited video.
    2. Let kids come up with the question, “How many gummy bears is one of the giant ones equivalent to?”
    3. Figure out how much one small gummy bear weighs. I’ll bring a bunch in, along with some scales.
    4. Let the kids eat and work out the math.
    5. Hope they come up with 1400.
    6. Talk about ratio.
    7. Let the kids come up with the question, “What are the dimensions of the large gummy bear?”
    8. Have them measure the small gummy bears.
    9. They can use the ratio they got for the weight to scale up the dimensions of the small gummy bears.
    10. Play the answer video.

    This lesson hits Measurement and Scale Drawings – both are units in our -3 curriculum in Alberta.

    • Dan says:

      Small bit of advise. Don’t do the math yourself before hand. If they ask you about the answer, it’s more fun to say “I really have no idea” and smile.

      • You’re advising me to go in without fully preparing? That is the state in which I spent most of my 18 years teaching. I had no idea it was a best practice!

        • Dan says:

          Yep! I don’t have a great poker face, so they really believe me when I say that I haven’t done the calculations. I think they like to show the teacher something, and it’s more exciting for them to “go without a net”. Then again do whatever works best for you 🙂

  7. dana says:

    Get into the energy factor here. Here’s another video of me doing the Screaming Gummi Bear experiment at OMSI: link here and here (part one has the whole intro spiel about sugar and combustion, part two has the actual burning and some wrap up).

    I never did a calculation of just how much energy is given off for the two “volunteer” gummi bears, but you can see the light and maybe hear a little noise from the test tube. You’ve got the calories already, so can calculate the calories in single bears from the massive one. Maybe find out what else you could light on fire just from flaming gummi bears, or how many it would take to heat up your school.

  8. I am going to try this with a group of teachers tomorrow. I didn’t like my previous edit of that video. I found the bells and X’s annoying. I re-did it in a much simpler fashion, just by deleting the part where they show the dimensions, and later on when they equate it to 1400 gummy bears. It’s much cleaner this way.

    Smaller File

    Bigger File

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Oh my gosh! That’s huge… sure looks yummy 🙂

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