If you have a sweet tooth then you will be no stranger to a gummy sweet or two. They are perfect choice when chocolate is too sickly and cake too spongy. Give me a bag of candy and I will make sure each bear has a color coordinated companion before being eaten. However, have you ever wondered how they make them so delightfully chewy?
We did, and instantly regretted asking…
Belgian filmmaker Alina Kneepkens has created a video to showcase how our much loved gummy products are made. The video, titled ‘Gelatine,’ is filmed in reverse – starting with someone eating a gummy sweet and ending where the manufacturing process begins; a slaughterhouse. I wonder if they will remain much loved after this?
It is pretty common knowledge that gelatine is the magic ingredient which holds this whole product together, but it is also the reason why vegetarians can’t enjoy the sweet treat. This is because gelatine is derived from pig skin – gross.
Gelatine is found in natural sources such as the skin, connective tissue, and bones of animals and so these parts of the (most usually) pig are boiled and broken down using acid, ready for flavourings and colourings. As they say, never judge a cute gummy bear by its cover.
It’s one thing reading about the origins of gelatine, but it’s another seeing it first hand and on mass. Ignorance really is bliss in this case.
Kneepkens explained the importance of her filming style in highlighting the process:
“I got the assignment to direct some reversed audiovisual stories showing the production of some of our food. I saw quite a few slaughter houses and examples of both industrial and artisan food production. A true eye opener. Just by showing a series of reversed images it reveals a detailed and truthful story on daily foods and its origin.”
Kneepkens’ actually has a whole video series called “Over Eten” and all are shot in the same reverse style that explains how certain foods are made. Each is a surprise and raises many questions of how limited our food industry knowledge is. You can see the other videos on sugar, black pudding, and mozzarella among others on her Facebook page.
So if you want to satisfy your curiosity on how gummy sweets are made, watch the video below. But be warned, there are some pretty nasty scenes included…
If knowing the details has freaked you out and you would rather a way to have gummy bears without the oink, then give this a try: