WACKER presented CANDY2GUM® for confectionery … with a new mouthfeel and CAPIVA® 3D for the first 3D printing process to use gum

At ProSweets Cologne 2017, which took place from January 29 until February 1, in Cologne, Germany, WACKER presented the new CANDY2GUM® technology for confectionery with a completely new mouthfeel – what begins as a piece of chewy candy turns into chewing gum after a short time. Since this innovative product is made in a boiling process, manufacturers can now add water-based, fat-containing and natural ingredients, such as fruit juice, cocoa and coffee. Plus, the fair saw WACKER showcasing CAPIVA® 3D, the world’s first 3D printing process to use chewing gum. For the first time, chewing gum comes in a variety of customizable shapes. Solid resins of the CAPIVA® S and VINNAPAS® brands completed WACKER’s portfolio for gum base applications.

WACKER premiered its new CANDY2GUM at ProSweets Cologne. With CANDY2GUM®, it is possible to produce innovative chewy candy that turns into chewing gum after a short time – the mouthfeel and chewing experience are absolutely unique. The new technology does not only alter the texture of confectionery. It also opens up new opportunities for flavors and ingredients that, until now, were unheard of for chewing gum – fruit juice, coffee, milk, caramel, chocolate, coconut and plant extracts. Now, a multitude of water-based, fat-containing and natural ingredients are available for use in chewing gum.

The secret behind this confectionery innovation is the production process – CANDY2GUM® products are simply boiled. Conventional chewing gum, on the other hand, is made in a dry kneading process. Water-based and fat-containing ingredients, such as fruit juice and cocoa, are exactly what the traditional kneading process cannot handle.

This article is available in full in the Winter 2017 issue of Nutraceuticals Now

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