What's In That Candy???

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Now that Halloween is over and we have all this candy that we can't wait to devour, we thought it would be interesting to investigate what makes each candy so different in texture and taste.

Let's start with our favorites, gummy worms, and jelly beans. Ever wondered what gives them the smooth, shiny texture. Well, wonder no more - its wax, to be more precise Carnauba Wax, which comes from the leaves of carnauba palm from Brazil. It is also used in car wax, shoe polish, and cosmetics like lipstick, eyeshadow, and mascara.

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To bind the ingredients in treats like gumdrops, caramels and M&M's, manufacturers use an ingredient called Acacia Gum. This comes from the hardened sap of the Acacia Senegal trees, found in Africa. Acacia Gum is also used in postage stamps, paint, and fireworks.

The smooth texture of chocolates is thanks to Lecithin, a by-product of soybean oil. It is also found in margarine, infant formula, soap, and dyes. Dextrose, a simple sugar derived from cornstarch is what makes chocolates sweet. The human body also produces its own dextrose from all the food that we eat. It is the body's primary source of energy. Dextrose is also found in medicines and pet food.

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Finally, and one of the most difficult to spell and pronounce is the ingredient that makes chocolate melt in your mouth. It's called Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate or PGPR for short and is makes those chocolate chips so gooey in a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie! Yum!

So next time your mom yells at you for eating too much "sugar," remind her of all these other unusual ingredients that are also present in the candy.

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1202 Comments
  • jeff123456
    jeff123456Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10:13 am
    yum
    • MicahTuesday, April 2, 2019 at 9:59 am
      yummy
      • Jaliyah Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:03 pm
        Yummy
        • lolaWednesday, March 27, 2019 at 11:39 am
          Ithink they look really nice!
          • candyTuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:58 am
            yummy candy!!!!!!!!!!!!
            • joseFriday, March 22, 2019 at 10:01 am
              wow nice
              • AMARI BROWNWednesday, March 20, 2019 at 8:44 pm
                that looks so good that i was about to eat the computer
                • ellasin
                  ellasinWednesday, March 20, 2019 at 7:52 pm
                  I love candy🍭🍬
                  • sh4d0wf0xy227
                    sh4d0wf0xy227Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm
                    now I have an excuse for eating too many lollies
                    • CgtfgftbhgftrnsSunday, March 10, 2019 at 5:54 pm
                      It looks sooooooo good