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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  • adroit_avimimus
    adroit_avimimusabout 1 year
    This was actually pretty interesting! What I had to pause on was the part mentioning we eat wax when we eat candy! 😳 What's more, the wax is used in car wax, shoe polish, and cosmetics like lipstick, eyeshadow, and mascara! Kinda makes me sick haha! I must say, some of these ingredients really are strange! But nonetheless, candy is still a favorite treat of mine! 🍭🍫🍬🍪
    • techfashion0315
      techfashion0315about 1 year
      Eww, there's wax in candy??? 😳
      • janelly
        janellyover 1 year
        I'm obsessed with candy, I am so surprised I'm not overweight because of the sugar I eat!🍭🍫🍬🍪
        • karatehedgehog4
          karatehedgehog4over 2 years
          Gummy bears...
          • jazmine2008
            jazmine2008over 2 years
            yummm i love candy💖
            • chrisyboigm
              chrisyboigmabout 3 years
              My Favorite candy is Chocolate.
              • cutiepie746
                cutiepie746over 3 years
                My fave candy is puppy chow I'm not sure it's a candy but... I love it!
                • cutiepie746
                  cutiepie746over 3 years
                  Does this mean we can eat as much candy as we want to?
                  • JJ over 4 years
                    I’m Going to eat a lot of candy 🍭 !
                    • meover 4 years
                      love candy