Riegel was the first person to invent gummy bears and the candy industry quickly followed suit. Gelatin, the main ingredient in gummy candy, was first used to make gummi bears. Today, gummy candy production is carried out at factories that employ a variety of processes to create them. These processes include gelatin molding, vertical form sill and seal, and starch molding.
Riegel invented gummy bears
There’s an interesting backstory behind the creation of gummy bears, which were first created in the early 1920s by German confectioner Hans Riegel. The gummy candies have since become world-famous and have evolved to take on any shape imaginable, from a giraffe to a bear. Though they didn’t originate in a hollow forest, the gummy bears made their debut in the Disney ’80s cartoon, “Toy Story,” which depicted a gummy bear with a lion’s head.
Hans Riegel Sr. founded Haribo in Bonn, Germany, in 1920, after being inspired by dancing bears in the 1800s. He and his sons eventually turned the company into a global sweets business. As of 2011, Riegel had a net worth of $3 billion. The gummy bear was named for Hans Riegel Sr. Riegel’s son, Hans Riegel Jr., inherited his father’s company after the founder’s death in 1945.
Gelatin is the main ingredient in gummy candy
A gummy candy’s most popular ingredient is gelatin. Gelatin is a yellowish, odorless substance obtained by boiling different types of animal parts. It is usually derived from meat industry leftovers, and it can be either animal or plant-based. However, some manufacturers add sweeteners or flavorings to give it taste and flavor. To make gelatin gummies more appealing to consumers, the manufacturers also add corn syrup, which helps retain moisture and prevent microbial growth.
Gummy bears are not vegan because gelatin is made from animal by-products like bones, cartilage, and skin. Even gummy worms aren’t completely vegan as they also contain corn syrup, sugar, citric acid, and lactic acid. Gelatin is also used in ice cream and beauty products. The first use of gelatin is recorded in the 10th century. The process for making gelatin involves boiling various parts of animals for an extended period of time.
Starch molding machine
A starch molding machine is used to make gummies and other confectionary products. The machine features a triple sifter framework, ergonomic design, and high-speed motors that move ingredients in the appropriate stream. The machine is energy-efficient and reduces the risk of defiling the starch. Its patented process coats molds with a thin layer of starch, which is incorporated into a mixture during the trim cycle.
The Starch molding machine is designed to produce a range of gummies in various shapes and sizes. They are used for jelly-like confections and can also be used for gummy molds. These machines are designed to utilize a fast-setting formulation and are easy to use. The gummy cycle benefits from the fact that these confections can be made with up to 6 distinct flavors.
Vertical form sill and seal
A vertical form sill and seal machine (VFFS) forms packages from film or flat rollstock. The machine is controlled by a control cabinet containing all of the electrical parts. It then forms the product and then seals the edges of the tube in a machine-to-machine or transverse direction. The product is then dropped into the tube and the process begins again. The control cabinet controls the vertical form fill seal machine’s process and includes an HMI (Human-Machine Interface).
The first step in the QC process is evaluating incoming raw materials. Once ingredients have been analyzed in a laboratory, they are tested for their sensory characteristics. This includes appearance, flavor, odor, particle size, viscosity of oils and pH. Quality control tests help manufacturers make candy that meets customer demands. It also helps avoid contamination and ensure the safety of their customers. In addition, QC testing helps prevent off-spec materials from being released.
Most gummy candies used for candy are made from gelatin, a product of prolonged boiling of animal products. However, The Gummies Co. uses plant-based citrus pectin as an alternative to gelatin. Gummies made with citrus pectin are Halal, Kosher and vegan-approved. The company also conducts QC tests to ensure consistency and quality of the finished product.