Candy that turns into chewing gum

Wacker is set to unveil its Candy2Gum technology, which makes it possible to produce chewy candy that turns into chewing gum after a short time, at the upcoming ProSweets trade fair.

As the product is made in a boiling process, Wacker says manufacturers will be able to add water-based, fat-containing and natural ingredients, such as fruit juice, cocoa and coffee.

The production process is similar to making chewy candy and the technology does not alter the texture of confectionery, it explains.

Wacker’s Capiva C03 premix, which is suitable for use in both sugar and sugar free candy mixtures, can be added to the candy mass and a piece of chewy candy becomes a Candy2Gum product. Capiva C03 is insoluble in water, but it melts fully, which means it can be blended homogeneously.

The company will also use ProSweets to showcase what it claims is the world’s first 3D printing process to use chewing gum. The novel product formulation is specifically for printable gum, with the software and hardware having been optimised for this food matrix. As a result, chewing gum can be formed in many shapes, not just as sticks, balls and pellets. The technology, Wacker says, can produce gum in a wide range of colours, shapes and flavours.

The international supplier fair for the sweets and snacks industry will be held in Cologne, Germany, from 29 January until 1 February 2017. Wacker will be in Hall 10.1, Stand D020.

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