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Jellies - a late variation of sweet confectionary

When it comes to the invention of confectionary, people have always been full of bright ideas. But the road to the invention of the first jellies was a long one, one on which people sweetened their days with a multitude of other sweet things. The ancient Greeks and Romans valued, in particular, baked goods sweetened with date juice or honey or laced with grape juice. In the Middle Ages, aromatic spiced breads and gingerbreads of all kinds were valued. Finally, in the 16th century, seafarers brought the cocoa bean from Central America to Europe and this was soon developed into a refined ingredient for the manufacture of sweet things.

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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