Manufacturing Candy - How Sweets are Made

We all love sweets. There's no getting around it. In addition to how amazing these treats can taste, especially to children, the way they are produced is similarly amazing. The quantity required to fulfill Americas sweet tooth means production on a massive scale.

We have dug through YouTube to find video of how some of the more popular sugary treats are produced. What we found is more than enough to either make your sugar craving kick in or swear off sweets completely.


Americas best selling candy bar.

Ice cold rollers form the nugget, creating a skin, and then transferred onto stainless steel belt. Refrigerated rollers are also used to roll out the peanut and caramel mixture before it is layered on the nugget. After running though a cooling tunnel the slab is cut into strips. The strips are then coated with chocolate, bottoms first. A packaging machine then wraps the bar, and is able to wrap the fun size variety at a rate of 900 per minute. 

Bubble Gum

Marshmellow Cookies

To make marshmallow cookies rotary mold flattens dough pieces into a sheet 1.5 cm thick disk that are then baked in a conveyor belt oven. The biscuits are then topped with a base feeder, which requires millimeter precision and daily adjustment to keep the product uniform. They are then coated with chocolate and the cooled in a cooling tunnel. Next, the cookies are hand packaged into trays. A box erector then forms the boxes and the trays are hand packed into boxes.

Oreo Cookies

Oreo batter is made with 2 kinds of coco. While making the batter it is chilled with dry ice making it less crumbly than at room temperature. A rotary molding machine creates the top and bottom of the Oreo at 5000 wafers an hour on a silicone conveyor belt. A steel belt conveyor takes them through an oven for baking, and then they are cooled by fans.

A series of ramps is then used to flip the wafers so that half are embossed side up and the other half is flat side up. The cream is deposited on the wafers with a cylindrical pump at high speeds before being topped with another wafer. The assembled cookies are sorted into columns of 11 and automatically placed into trays. Finally, a series of table top conveyors are used to transport the trays through wrapping trays before being sealed and sent out to your local grocery store.

Jelly Beans

To mold the jelly beans a mold is made out of starch. To form the molds trays are fist filled, leveled, and brushed to remove and excess starch. A press then forms the molds and the jelly bean mixture is injected into the mods. The molding machine can make up to 1 million jelly beans an hour!

One the beans dry for 24 hours they are transported by steel mesh conveyor with slats and dampened with steam. They are then coated with sugar in a drum. Engrossing syrup, sugar, and flavors are added to the jelly bean centers in a tumbling pan to build up the outer coating. The coatings are applied 4 times. The beans are finished by polishing them with syrup and wax. 

After all the flavors are mixed a series of conveyor; scales and trap doors portions out the jelly beans for specific bag sizes.

Assorted Chocolates

Now, who wants some sweets?

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