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Gummi bear bratwurst is a hit

HUGO, MN (KARE/NBC) - An old-fashioned Minnesota meat market is thinking outside the box by adding a unique ingredient to its well known bratwurst recipes.

The meat market boasts about 40 different flavors of brats, but owner Spencer Grundhofer thinks that gummi bear brats could be the next big thing to grill this summer.

"It's been a lot of fun to make something that no one else has made, and make something that was a gag to start with," said Grundhofer, who opened his market four years ago.

Grundhofer asked his friends for suggestions of what flavors of brat he should make next, and his neighbor, Joe Berglund, had some interesting suggestions.

"I gave him a list, one of them happened to be gummi brats," Berglund said.

But Berglund, who works as a mechanic just a brat's length from Grundhofer's meat market, didn't give up.

He sent his customers to Grundhofer and told them to ask for the "gummi bear brat."

"Finally, after six months, I called his bluff," Grundhofer said. "I went and got some Gummy bears. I said, 'You know what? I made them, you eat them.'"

Grundhofer said the brats taste both sweet and sour, a flavor that seems to be hitting the mark.

He estimates he makes between 50 and 75 pounds of the gummi bear brats every week.

"It'd be nice to be known for the original gummy bear brat, which I think we are," Grundhofer said. "I don't know anybody else that's done it."

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