in my mind, gummies should only come in bear or worm form. These are not as chewy, super sweet, and are coated with a light dusting of some powder.
There are currently several companies that make jelly babies, most predominantly Trebor Bassett and also Rowntree, now owned by Nestlé.
Jelly Babies were launched by Bassett's in 1919 in Sheffield as Peace Babies to mark the end of World War I. Production was suspended during World War II due to wartime shortages and the fact that the name had largely become ironic. In 1953 the product was relaunched as Jelly Babies. In March 1989 Bassett's were taken over by Cadbury Schweppes who had earlier acquired the Trebor brand.
Jelly Babies manufactured in the United Kingdom tend to be dusted in starch which is left over from the manufacturing process where it is used as a mould.
Like many sweets, they contain gelatin and are thus not suitable for vegetarians.
A popular science class experiment is to put them in a strong oxidising agent, and see the resulting spectacular reaction. The experiment is commonly referred to as: "Screaming jelly babies"