Five-pound gummy bears: Candy man savoring sweet success

Western Carolina University alumnus Derek Lawson is having a blast. He talks exuberantly about the fun of being creator and maker of large gummy bears – not just slightly oversized gelatin-based candies, but the world’s largest, weighing in at 5 pounds apiece. What began as a class project became a joke and now has turned into serious business for Lawson and his older brother, Brett.

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