What are gummy bears?, para que sirven los ositos de gomitas? and how they are made? This article answers these questions. Gummy bears were first made with natural ingredients, which resulted in them being dense, chewy, and sweet. Gummy bears are just as delicious, but they’re made with less natural ingredients. It is easy to make your own gummies. Gummy bears made at home are softer than those sold in stores. However, you can customize the flavors and make your own versions with natural fruit juice or colors.
History of Gummy Bear
Gummy Bear is a significant advancement in candy technology. Gummy bear technology is derived from early starch- and pectin formulations. Hans Riegel, a German entrepreneur, is often credited with creating Haribo in 1920s Germany. The global expansion of Haribo was limited by the Cold War and World Wars in the middle-1900s. Haribo’s gummy bears became very popular in America during the 1980s when they finally arrived on American shores. It was so popular that even other confectionery companies like Brach’s and Hershey started making their own gummy bears.
Raw Materials Required to Make Gummy Bear
Gummy bear recipes are created by skilled food technologists and chemists. They mix a variety of ingredients together and control the various characteristics of the gummy bear such as texture, taste, and shape.
Gummy bears are made up of gelatin, water, sweeteners, and flavors. Gelatin is a protein that comes from animal tissues. When it is added to water, it forms a thick gel-like substance. The gel can be mixed with water in a concentration that is appropriate to give it the texture of gummy bears.
The Shape of Bears is Coming
Making gummy bear molds is the first step. To create 3-D images, the bear shapes are first created on paper. The data is used to create plaster molds that can be later used to make hundreds of plaster stamps. The stamps imprint bear-shaped shapes onto layers of cornstarch. These molds are then filled using gummy candy.
The Secret to Chewiness
Gelatin is a fat- and carbohydrate-free, flavorless, and colorless ingredient that’s also used in marshmallows, and other gummy candy. Gelatin is a protein from meat byproducts that can take on the texture and taste of gummy candy. Gelatin with lower concentrations creates a jelly-like consistency that is not chewy, similar to fruit-flavored gelatin desserts.
Making a Gummy Bear
Gummy bears made from corn syrup and sugar are made with the two main ingredients. They are transparent because of the corn syrup, while sweeteners like dextrose (a type of sugar) make them sweet. The gummy bears are then coated with beeswax or carnauba wax after a long drying period. The artificial coloring matches colors with flavors and citric acid is used to enhance the flavor.
Make Your Own Gummies
Make your own gummy bears by mixing equal amounts of unflavored and flavored gelatin. The flavor of the mixture can be enhanced by adding powdered drink crystals. The mixture can be heated until it is melted or microwaved on high until it becomes slightly foamy. To distribute the melted gum into the molds, use a measuring cup and a pouring spout. Place the candy in the molds and freeze for 10 minutes. You can replace the flavored gelatin with plain gelatin. Then, you can replace the water with either fruit juice, honey, or another natural sweetener. Most craft shops and specialty food shops sell bear-shaped candy molds.