Gummies & Jellies

Gummies and jellies are largely synonymous. Manufacturers dissolve sugar(s) in water and concentrate the solution by heating. Additional ingredients are added to gel or set the resultant syrup – including starch, pectin, or gelatin.

Traditionally a children’s snack, the category now includes vitamin supplements and products containing ingredients like fruit juice favored by adult consumers. Recent launches include pomegranate, white tea coloured with purple/black carrot, and lemon ginger enhanced with turmeric.

The most common natural colourings include carmine for red, turmeric or lutein for yellow, paprika or carotene for orange, sodium copper chlorophyllin (where allowed) for green, and anthocyanins for red hues. Acidity factors into natural colouring selection because anthocyanins move from red to purple hue as pH increases. Anthocyanins are quite stable in acidic gummies unless Vitamin C is present, in which case a carotenoid, – such as beta-carotene, paprika and annatto – offers better stability.

DDW also offers a variety of colouring foods options suitable for jelly candies. Contact us for more information.

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Licorice

The plant of licorice root is a legume. Substitutes for licorice (liquorice) include anise oil and/or flavorings.

Today’s consumers consider the chewy candy in a wider category, including cherry, strawberry and chocolate – some varieties of which do not contain actual licorice.

Black licorice normally contains both molasses and a caramel colour Class III or IV with high intensity. For Red licorice, manufacturers may also use carmine, turmeric, beta-carotene and red beet.