Jelly Beans

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It is impossible to trace the exact origins of the Jelly Bean. Only part of its history remains and the rest are lost in time.
The process known as panning was created in 17th century France and was used to make Jordan Almonds. Panning was done primarily by hand is now automated, but the process has remained essentially unchanged during the past three centuries. In Panning, the process would start by rocking almonds in a bowl that was full of syrup and sugar until the almonds were coated with a hard candy shell. The panning process gave birth to shell coating and today, large rotating pans are used to perform the heavy work. It’s the Master Confectioners that work on the craft of mixing and adding the ingredients to make the perfect shell.
In some way, these processes reached the factories in the usa. The Jelly Beans started production there and soon earned a place among the many glass’penny candy’ jars which were on display in the candy shops. In general shops, the Jelly Beans were sold by weight and contributed to the buyers put in paper bags. They had been associated with the Easter Bunny was thought to deliver eggs on Easter as a sign of new life and the start of spring. To do this, ingredients like sugar and corn syrup among others are put in large boilers that are heated to cook the mix. The heated mixture is then passed through pipes and travels to the starch casting area. At this time, there are many trays containing impressions of the size and shape of the middle of the jellybean which are layered with cornstarch by machines. The mix is then squirted out on the trays and dried overnight. The next day, the cornstarch coating is removed and the beans are run via a moisture steam bath and are sprayed with sugar. The beans are then set aside for 24 to 48 hours.
What sets the jellybean besides other candies is its special shell coating. This is achieved by the panning procedure. The beans are poured into a rotating drum which is known as the’engrossing pan’. While the middle of the drum rotates, sugar is gradually added to build up the shell. Then, different colors and flavors are added to the mix to provide the jellybean its signature taste and appearance. The shiny look is due to the addition of Confectioner’s Glaze that’s a process that may take 2 to 4 times. After the beans are’polished’, they are packed and prepared for shipping to candy stores around the world.
There have been two types of jellybeans since 1976. These are the traditional and the gourmet jellybeans. Even though both types require 6 to 10 days to make, the difference is in their recipes which gives each their unique qualities. The conventional jelly bean normally holds its taste just in the shells. The gourmet varieties however have flavored shells and centers. They also are smaller and thicker compared to the traditional jellybeans.

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