High quality chewy candy now can be produced cost-effectively and rapidly with a production line design that reduces the heating steps yet delivers a tasty product.

The line from Bosch Packaging Technology, Waiblingen, Germany, reduces energy consumption, processing time and required floor space, the company says, by eliminating an energy-intensive cooking stage and the need for intermediate storage during crystallization.

The continuous dosing and mixing unit, BDK 2000 A, makes it possible to produce a sugar-glucose syrup solution without adding water. The unit’s integrated mixing system produces a homogeneous mix by dissolving the sugar into the glucose syrup.

The dissolving process in the heat exchanger guarantees a crystal-free solution, which also allows production to be stopped and started without product loss. The mass is heated as it flows around a pipe bundle containing steam. In the case of machine stoppages, the mass is not damaged due to the small steam volume and quick steam release. As the required moisture level already is reached after dissolving, cooking is not necessary to reduce water content. Gelling agents can be gently added after the dissolving process.