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Different types of chewing gum

Cut & Wrap: Gum elastic. Soft gum

Cut & Wrap

The gum bases for this type of line need a certain elasticity to withstand the stretching that takes place in the cooling tunnel.

Chewing gum formulations should be softer than other chewing gums, due to the bigger size of the piece, which is achieved by adding more liquids in the formula (glucose or liquid sweeteners).


 

Sticks / Tabs

The gum bases for laminated products should have the necessary plasticity to allow them to be shaped by the rolls and, after the curing time, become hard enough to be wrapped properly.

Laminated chewing gums usually have higher gum base percentage than cut & wrap gums. Besides that, the glucose content needs to be adjusted to afford the necessary hardness for the packaging process while maintaining sufficient elasticity to ensure that the pieces do not break when bent.


 

Pellets / Pillows: gum bases for laminated products. Coating process Pellets / Pillows

Similar to sticks, when chewing gum is shaped in pellet form, gum bases for laminated products should have the necessary plasticity to allow them to be shaped by the rolls and, after the curing time, become hard enough to withstand the coating process.

 

Hollow balls: gum bases for revolutionary products. Coating process

Hollow balls

The gum bases for revolutionary products must have certain elasticity (less than cut & wrap products) and have the necessary plasticity to maintain their shape and prevent leaks (if filled). Once the center is cured, it must be hard enough to withstand the coating process.

Revolutionary chewing gum formulas are usually drier (lower glucose or liquid sweetener content) to give the hardness described above and to minimize elasticity.


 

Liquid-filled gum: gum bases for stamped chewing gum, elasticity.

Liquid-filled gum

The gum bases for stamped chewing gum should have special characteristics: sufficient elasticity to withstand the equalizing step – where the stretching takes place – and the correct plasticity to quickly adopt the shape produced by the dies of the forming machine.

The chewing gum should have a gum base percentage range that allows for good formation and a good seal. A deficiency or excess in the gum base content will lead to product deformations.


 

Gum-filled candy: bubble gum bases Gum-filled candy

All bubble gum bases can usually be used for this type of product. However, due to the high temperature of the candy, gum bases with lower viscosities may be more difficult to work with because they can become liquid.

 

Compressed chewing gum: made of a powder ready to be compressed for functional or pharmaceutical industries Compressed chewing gum

Compressed chewing gums are made of a powder ready to be compressed for functional and pharmaceutical industries.


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