Fruit Gushers (commonly just called Gushers) are hexagonal-shaped candies made from fruit, sugar, and/or other natural and artificial flavors and colors. Gushers, like many other varieties of fruit snacks, are high in vitamin C and are low fat, but are high in sugar. The center of each gusher is a thick sweetened liquid made from fruit juice and concentrated pears, and is surrounded by a chewy gelatinous sugar covering. When one bites into the snack, the liquid inside gushes out, hence the name of the snack.
Gushers originally came in two flavors: Gushin' Grape and Strawberry Splash. Later, grape was discontinued, although there is a movement among consumers to have it brought back. Gushers now come in a variety of flavors, including: Tropical Flavors, Watermelon Blast, Strawberry Splash, Screamin' Green Apple, Triple Berry Shock, Rockin' Blue Raspberry, Fruitomic Punch, G Force Berry Radical, Xtreme Kiwi Xplosion, G Force Tropical Rage, Passion Berry Punch, and Roboberry Ultra Blast. There are also variety packs: the traditional Variety Pack, which contains all of the flavors mentioned above. The most recent addition to the Gusher family is the "Mystery Flavor."
General Mills created Gushers! General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is an American Fortune 500 corporation, primarily concerned with food products, which is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The company markets many well-known brands, such as Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Colombo, Totinos, Jeno's, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Wanchai Ferry. Their brand portfolio includes more than 100 leading U.S. brands and numerous category leaders around the world.[
The company can trace its history to the Minneapolis Milling Company, founded in 1856 by Illinois Congressman Robert Smith, which leased power rights to mills operating along Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. Cadwallader C. Washburn acquired the company shortly after its founding and hired his brother, William D. Washburn to assist in the company's development. In 1866, the Washburns got into the business themselves, building the Washburn "B" Mill at the falls. At the time, the building was considered to be so large and output so vast that it could not possibly sustain itself. However, the company succeeded, and in 1874 he built the even bigger Washburn "A" Mill.
In 1877, the mill entered a partnership with John Crosby to form the Washburn-Crosby Company. In that same year, Washburn sent William Hood Dunwoody to England to open the market for spring wheat. Dunwoody was successful and became a silent partner. Dunwoody would become immensely wealthy and went on to endow a Minneapolis hospital, Dunwoody Institute, and a charitable home in Pennsylvania, Dunwoody Village.
In 1878, the "A" mill exploded. There was a flour dust explosion that resulted in the deaths of 17 workers and also destroyed five nearby buildings. Construction of a new mill began immediately. Not only was the new mill safer but it also was able to produce a higher quality flour. The old grinding stones were replaced with automatic steel rollers. These new rollers were the first used throughout the world. These new rollers also were capable of producing more nutritious flour. Winter Wheat Flour was replaced by this new flour.
In 1924, the company stepped in to take over a failing Twin Cities radio station, WLAG, renaming it WCCO (from Washburn-Crosby Company). General Mills itself was created in 1928 when Washburn-Crosby President James Ford Bell directed his company to merge with 26 other mills.
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