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All You Should Know About Candies

By Rich Kruger

Candy is a favorite of all small kids as well as many grown ups. The famous sugar candy is manufactured out of thick solution of sugar water which is then made tasty and attractive with the addition of various flavors and colors. These cadies are sometimes made into ice pop candies by freezing them.

Candy is a wide term which include chocolates, liquorice, toffees, candy bars, chewing gums and many more. Fruit or vegetable coating is applied to add shine to those candies. Normally these are known as confectionery or sweets. Lollipop is referred to as a sugar candy with a stick. Distinct candies like fairy floss or cotton candies are quiet famous and are favorite of many children.

Candy is manufactured by the diluting sugar in milk or water which is then boiled to obtain the required consistency. The end result from the product is determined by the period of time used for boiling the mixture and the ingredients used in the process. These can be purchased in various forms and textures like chewy, soft, brittle and hard. Peppermint sticks, gum drops, lollipops, cotton candy, toffee, praline, rock candy, peanut brittle, taffy, caramel and candy bars are a few of the varieties, which are available in the market.

The consistency of the candy is determined by the quantity of sugar put in the mixture. This mixture is boiled till water gets evaporated. The higher the temperature where the mixture is boiled the harder the candies become and also the lower the temperature used for boiling the softer the candies become.

The different stages for boiling the sugar are: soft ball- temperature 234-240 F, 112-115 C, sugar concentration 85 %, thread- 230 -233F, 110-111 C, sugar concentration 80%, and soft crack- 270-290 F, 132-143 C, sugar concentration 95 % are a few of the stages used for making different candies.

Gelatin is added in most candies like gummy bears and marshmallows which is manufactured out of animal bones thus restricting the vegetarian people to consume them, for e.g. kosher gelatin which is made from fish bone. Some candy may contain pectin, gum arabic, agar agar which can be substitute for gelatin, but the final quality of the products may vary from the original usage of gelatin. Other commonly used non-vegetarian product could be the carmine, which may consist of wings along with other areas of the body of some insects.

The candies might be edible for the period of fourteen days close to twelve months. The edibility of the candies and sweets can be increased if they are kept in dry and cool places. These candies contain high amount of sugar which may be bad for health. So it’s better to have this confectionery in limited quantities. Our mouth contains bacteria which reside on sugar thus creating acid in mouth and then the cavities. To avoid the cavities and spoiling of the teeth it is necessary to brush your teeth regularly and neatly preferably after every meal or after eating something sweet.

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