Gummy products appeal to a broad consumer base, largely due to the fact that they’re enjoyable to consume. Gummies are pleasantly chewy and can be made in a variety of flavors.
To make gummies extra tasty while also improving texture and moisture levels, some manufacturers add coating layers to their gummy products.
Applying a coating is an optional step in gummy-making. While coating each gummy adds some time and expense to the production process, commercial equipment enables manufacturers to efficiently and quickly coat their products at scale.
Let’s discuss everything you need to know about manufacturing coated gummies, including:
Gummy manufacturing is a four-step process:
Coatings are most easily added right after gummies have come out of the cooling tunnel and before drying. Coating is also possible after drying, but may require additional equipment to prepare the gummies for coating.
Gummy coatings require fewer ingredients and a simpler process in comparison to gummy bodies. Coatings are not included in the heated slurry and do not require gelling agents.
The ingredients used for a coating layer depend on the benefits that are sought. For example, if the goal is to add sweetness, a sugar coating is added.
A variety of ingredients can be used for coatings, including:
Adding gummy coating is optional. However, there are several compelling reasons for a manufacturer to consider including this step in their manufacturing process. Here are the key advantages of adding coatings to gummies.
Sweet coatings and sour coatings are added primarily to enhance a gummy’s flavor. As an added benefit, when these coatings are applied in a granular form, they also work to improve the product’s texture.
Coatings help reduce stickiness in several ways. Some coatings, like granular sugar, add friction between gummies.
Corn starch is another popular option for keeping gummies separate. Corn starch creates a nonstick layer that seals up the more moist, sticky gummy body, preventing bonding between gummies.
To control and improve a gummy product’s texture, many manufacturers add a thin outer wax layer. The wax may be carnauba, a natural product derived from Brazilian palm trees, or a similar plant-based wax.
Sugar granules are also used for texture, as well as taste. Sugar coatings provide a rough outer texture that pleasantly contrasts with a gummy’s chewy core.
Coatings can be used to control moisture content in gummies. The addition of an outer coating layer helps to seal and preserve gummies. By preventing gummies from accumulating or losing moisture, the desired texture and water level are more easily preserved.
Commercial gummy manufacturing equipment can be used to coat gummies at scale. Gummy coating machines can apply a coating to hundreds of thousands of units per hour.
To make coated gummies, your material and equipment needs include the following:
Adding a coating to your gummy products is an optional step, but it’s a great way to improve flavor, texture, and packaging quality.
At Gummy Technologies, our gummy manufacturing equipment inventory includes several high-performance coating machines. Our full suite of equipment and devices includes everything you need to establish a gummy manufacturing operation.
Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, Gummy Tech designs and develops solutions for new and established gummy manufacturing teams. We provide technical support, education, and training for all of our customers. To learn more, view our equipment online or contact us any time with your questions.