Posts Tagged ‘candy facts’

Guess who invented Corn Syrup?

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Ok – I don’t get why Americans hate corn syrup. It’s sugar. I know, the whole corn-taking-over-the-nation fear and the GMO problem. But these aren’t really about corn: they’re about our agro-economy. Don’t like GMOs, there’s plenty of non-GMO corn syrup – in fact, we sell some at True Treats. As for the invented part? That’s the best thing! Unlike many other sugars on the market today, corn syrup is an North American original, made by the Native Americans living in various parts of the land. They also candied the cob, probably by boiling it and allowing the sugar to…

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What is the vegan version of the gummy bear?

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Actually the venerable and nicely-textured gummy bear started life as the Turkish delight, a vegetarian medicine-turned-treat that originated around 900 in Arabic apothecaries of the Mideast. The core ingredients were cream of tartar, possibly starch (ours contains corn starch) sugar, and the oil, such as rose. Pistachio or other nuts would have floated deliciously in the mix. Then came gelatin in such creations as the jelly bean and gummy bear – both off-shots of the delight. At long last, one mainstream candy came along to save the vegetarian’s day: the Swedish Fish. The no-gelatin candy was, in fact, invented in…

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