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Jellies - a late variation of sweet confectionary

HARIBO sets high benchmarks when it comes to the ingredients used for its products. Only absolutely perfect raw materials are used to manufacture HARIBO products.

Fruit gum products are made from a mixture of glucose syrup, sugar and a gelling agent such as gelatin or starch, for example. Other ingredients such as fruit and vegetable concentrates, flavourings, starch and a little citric acid are then added to this mixture.

HARIBO has produced fruit gum for over 90 years; during these many years, the company has gained extensive manufacturing experience in this area. Each different gelling agent (gelatin, starch, agar-agar etc.) results in a different consistency. Many HARIBO fans particularly appreciate the consistency of those of our products that contain gelatin – they have often done so for several generations – and do not want this consistency to change. However, HARIBO is of course also aware of the fact that products that contain gelatin do not meet every consumer's needs. For this reason, HARIBO also offers alternative fruit gum products – another long-standing company tradition – that are made with starch, agar-agar or Gellan gum, respectively do not contain any ingredients of animal origin whatsoever.

Cane sugar - a luxury product

The appearance of sugar in the list of European ingredients was of course the decisive milestone in the history of sweet things. The cane sugar imported at the turn of the first millennium from the Arabic countries via Venice to Europe was, however, initially an expensive luxury good. Only the nobility and the rich were able to use it as a sweetener or as medicine.

Beet sugar brings luxury and democracy

It was much later that the wider population gained access to this luxury, sugar. At the beginning of the 19th century the recently developed beet sugar production process began to take off. As of the middle of the 19th century, (beet) sugar increasingly became an affordable daily foodstuff.

Gummi arabicum – the key jelly ingredient

In the 19th century, smart confectioners discovered that it was possible to mix sugar with Gummi arabicum, the resin of a particular acacia tree. The raw resin was boiled up with sugar and fruit and other flavourings to create the first soft jellies - the predecessors of the famous HARIBO jellies.

Gelatine and starch – the alternatives to Gummi arabicum

These ingredients have long since changed and for many years, jelly products like the famous GOLDBEARS from HARIBO have contained gelatine rather than Gummi arabicum. This ingredient achieves a softer consistency and a more enjoyable chewing experience and flavour. Some jelly products are also made with starch.

The production process

Fruchtgummi Herstellung

How the GOLDBEARS get into the bag

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