Traditionally, the production of gummies relied solely on the use of starch lines, which allowed the manufacturer to achieve the desired product shape and texture. The chosen form is pressed into corn starch filled trays to create the mould in which a gelatine-based mixture is deposited and left to dry for 24 or 48hrs. Current modern methods enable the use of flexible and cleanable silicone or metal moulds, guaranteeing a fully hygienic production environment. This solution will also reduce the time required for the gummy drying process from days to only a few minutes, increasing efficiency and yield whilst saving resources.
The base ingredient of a gummy is – in most cases – edible Gelatin. There is an alternative (Pectin) which will be addressed in another question. Edible Gelatin is found in many different foods. In vitamin gummies, Gelatin is used to provide a chewy consistency and contributes to a longer shelf life. Gummies are mass produced in large batches -tens of thousands at a time. Firstly, the component ingredients are mixed in a large vat. Ingredients may include Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Gelatin, Flavourings and Colourings (which often originate from fruit juices and Citric Acid). Once the ingredients are mixed, the resulting liquid is cooked until it thickens into a“slurry”. The “slurry” is then poured into moulds for shaping. Vitamin Gummies can come in various shapes. Where customers require a specific shape which is not routinely offered, a mould can be manufactured to produce this shape. This would be costed into the project accordingly.