Development of a medicated vegan gummy formulation with modified starch that can be produce with reusable silicone molds, while maintaining desirable sensory properties.
Gummies and jellies are characterized by a firm structure with a softness and chewiness texture. The traditional shaping technique for gummies is moulding in starch. Basically, the cooked sugar mass is cast into pre-printed starch powder (see the below) and during this step the moulding starch take up water and other water-soluble ingredients from the sugar mass, therefore “water-soluble ingredients” can be found in the next batch. That means a risk of contamination.
Medicated and vitamin gummies are a growing trend especially in Canada during the last couple of years. Due to the risk of cross-contamination, starch molds are not desirable for pharmaceutical companies. Furthermore, the additives/vitamins are not heat stable; meaning the sugar mass should be cooled as soon as possible to avoid degradation.
It needs to be clarified and documented, if it possible to use a modified starch that can form and firm up very fast e.g. 30 minutes in reusable silicone molds, while maintaining desirable sensory properties and stability during shelf life.
Develop a medicated vegan gummy formulation that can be produce with reusable silicone molds, preferably that will set within 30 min.
How the vegan gummy reacts after 3 to 6 month’s reg. Sweating, texture, water, content Aw, pH.
Testing three different starches
Testing pectin/starch blends
Testing carrageenan/starch blends