A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from February 06, 2016
“What do you call a bear with no teeth?"/"A gummy bear.”

A popular joke about gummy bears fruit candy is:

Q:  What you call a bear with no teeth?
A: A gummy bear.


The joke has been cited in print since at least 2004.


Wikipedia: Gummy bear
A gummy bear (German: Gummibär) is a small, fruit gum candy, similar to a jelly baby in some English-speaking countries. The candy is roughly 2 cm (0.8 in) long and shaped in the form of a bear. The gummy bear is one of many gummies, popular gelatin-based candies sold in a variety of shapes and colors.

Google Groups: rec.guns
Bear Protection
shey...@myrealbox.com
4/9/04
(...)
Q.  Do you know what you call a grizzly bear with no teeth?
A.  A gummy bear.

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 10-19-04
Stan Kegel
10/19/04
(...)
What do you call a bear with no teeth?
A gummy bear (Viviana, 10)

Google Books
Jokelopedia:
The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest, Joke Book Ever

Edited by Ilana Weitzman
New York, NY: Workman Publishing Company
2006
Pg. 23:
What do you call a grizzly bear with no teeth?
A gummy bear.

Google Books
February 2006, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 53, col. 2: 
Zane: What do you call a bear with no teeth?
Cindy: I don’t know.
Zane: A gummy bear.
Tyler Blaine Ham, Lubbock, Tex.

Google News Archive
31 October 2006, Lodi (CA) News-Sentinel, “halloween Humor,” pg. 19, col. 4:
Question: What do you call a bear with no teeth?
Answer. A gummy bear.

Twitter
Adam Chandler
‏@AdamChandler86
Another one, what do you call a bear with no teeth? sigh… A gummy bear.
1:55 PM - 20 Apr 2007

Twitter
Adam Chandler
‏@AdamChandler86
10,000 TWEETS! Hey. What do you call a bear with no teeth? A GUMMY BEAR!
1:12 PM - 9 Nov 2007

Google Books
Reader’s Digest Funny Family Jokes:
Something for Everyone from Age 9 to 99

By Editors at Reader’s Digest
White Plains, NY: The Reader’s Digest Association
2014
Pg. ?:
Q: What do you call a bear with no teeth?
A: A gummy bear.
. KYLE NEAGLE

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, February 06, 2016 • Permalink