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A Guide to Gummy Candy

Posted on September 10th, 2022
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Written By Sam Henselijn

What was your favorite candy as a child? Chocolate? Hard Candies? Chewing Gum? For many of us at L’Orenta, gummy candies were the star of our childhoods. Gummy candy is unique in that it can have a variety of different textures. Some are super chewy and long-lasting like gum, while others are of the thick gelatin persuasion. Even if you’ve tried every type of gummy candy under the sun, you may still have a few pressing questions about it. That’s why we have curated A Guide to Gummy Candy. After all, there is always more to learn (and love!) about gummy candy.

Is gummy candy vegan?

Unfortunately, most gummy candies aren’t vegan. The luscious -

chewy texture of gummy candies like our swirly fish is typically created by a substance known as gelatin. You’ll recognize gelatin as being the same powder that appears in your favorite Jellos and some types of jelly. Gelatin is created by using collagen found in certain animal products. 

Gelatin isn’t the only culprit when it comes to gummy candies not being vegan friendly. Many gummy candies–like gummy bears, for example–are coated in beeswax. Beeswax is an animal-by-product, which many vegans are not comfortable eating. Not all gummies have beeswax in them, though, so make sure you give ingredient lists a thorough read. 

But what if you’re vegan and still want to indulge in gummy candies? Thankfully, there is a way! Vegan gummy candies have become very popular in recent years. When looking for a vegan gummy candy, look for ingredient lists that include pectin instead of gelatin. Pectin is a vegan alternative to gelatin, and can give candy that addictive gummy texture!

Why are gummy candies good for after exercising?

The short answer here is yes, but that doesn’t mean you should run out and scarf down a bucket of your favorite gummy bears after hitting the gym. Gummy candies provide two key nutrients that your body needs after a workout: amino acids and, of course, glucose. We know, it seems counterproductive to have sugar right after burning calories, but hear us out.

You probably already know that your body needs protein to build muscle. That’s why before working out, many bodybuilders take protein supplements. However, protein isn’t the only substance that your body uses to build muscle. As your muscles contract, your body is actually burning a type of glucose. Our bodies don’t naturally hold a lot of that substance, so we can burn through it pretty quickly during an intense workout.

Gummy Turtles Perspective

Gummy fried eggs to the rescue! The only thing that can restore those glucose levels is, well, glucose! If you need to fix your glucose levels quickly post workout, a handful of gummies is the way to go. You can get the same result out of eating other carbohydrates after your workout like oatmeal, but where’s the fun in that? 

How can I make my own gummy candy?

While you can definitely make your own gummy candy, we admit that it’s a time consuming process. It can take a lot of experimentation to get that perfect firmness to chewiness ratio that our gummy swirly fish have. Trust us; we know. Still, if you want to give gummy creation a shot, we’re happy to tell you the basics.

All you need for fruit gummies is unflavored gelatin, flavored gelatin, cold water, and candy molds. You will need to incorporate all of those ingredients with a whisk, but without creating any air bubbles in the mixture. Once everything is mixed, you will heat until it is a perfect liquid. After that, pour the mixture into the molds and let them set. Getting the exact consistency gummy you want takes a lot of trial and error, though. You might find it much easier just to pick up a bag of gummy frogs instead.

Where can I buy gummy candy?

Gummy candies are a quintessential part of candy stories everywhere. You’ll be able to pick up a bag of sweet and chewy fruit gummies at your favorite corner store. However, not all gummies are created equally. If you want gummies that burst with flavor while remaining wheat, soy, peanut, dairy, and gluten-free, then you should look no further than L’Orenta!

We offer more than 50 different gummy varieties, all of which are specially curated in our gummy candy section. There is something for everyone to enjoy, so why not create a candy tasting buffet? 

Can I bring gummy candy on a plane?

The short answer here is yes, you can bring gummy candy with you on your flight. Most of the time. Solid candies can be brought with you onto the plane in your carry-on luggage in most cases. If they are sealed in their original bags, even better. 

However, depending on the TSA agent you are speaking with when you check your luggage, you might encounter problems. Some gummy candies are prone to melting under heat. This means they would be classified as gel or liquid candy. If that is the case, you can only bring 3.4 ounces onto the plane with you. They should also be stored in a resealable bag. 

You can check however much you want in your checked luggage, though. Keep that in mind when you’re packing our gummy green frogs for your next trip!

Now that you’ve reviewed our Guide to Gummy Candy, you may be wondering what to do next. We think it’s time you take your gummy expertise and put it to the test! At your next event, maybe try having a blind taste test with our green and tropical frogs. Or, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, try to recreate our gummy fried eggs with your own recipe. We would love to see the results! 

Regardless of your next step, one thing is for certain. Our obsession with gummy candies won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. 

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