For those of you who are interested in learning all you need to know about candy, maybe this will help you. It is a confection made from a concentrated solution of sugar in water, to which there are flavors added. They have a long history is popular culture. It is a broad category that includes bars, chocolates, licorice, sour ones, salty candies, tart ones, hard ones, taffies, gumdrops, and more.
Commercially candies are often divided into three groups. They are: one hundred percent or near one hundred percent sugar, ninety five percent sugar with up to five percent other ingredients, and seventy five to ninety five percent sugar with five to twenty five percent other ingredients.
Candy is made by dissolving sugar in water or milk which then forms syrup. This syrup is boiled until it reaches the right amount of concentration or starts to caramelize. It then goes through some other procedures depending on the item until it is ready to sell. Some of the products like gummy bears contain gelatin derived from animal collagen while others contain confectioner’s glaze.
The shelf life for candy is a lot longer than other types of foods. Because they have a high sugar concentration, bacteria can’t usually grow in them. Most of the products can be stored in their packaging at room temperature in a dark cupboard for months or years. It can be unsafe though if you store it in a wet, moldy area. Typically hard ones can last forever in good storage conditions, milk chocolates last for about a year before becoming stale, dark chocolates last for about two years, soft ones may last for about eight to ten months, and chewing gums may last up to eight months after manufacture.
Candy should be eaten sparingly. It can cause tooth decay which then causes cavities. The sugar in it is a food for several types of bacteria that are commonly found in the mouth. To help prevent cavities, dentists recommend you brush your teeth after every meal and snacks.
Candy can be fun to eat also but be sure to brush after every snack so you won’t have to go to the dentist.