How Does Welch’s Fruit Snacks’ Gelatin Work?

Depending on the availability of the product, Welch’s makes its fruit snacks with either beef or pork gelatin. Additionally, the business employs pectin to create its jams, jellies, and spreads.

Gelatin is a protein that is extracted by boiling animal hides, bones, and cartilage from cows and pigs. This largely clear gel-like substance has a slight yellow tint and hardly any taste.

Welch’s uses gelatin because it helps the fruit snacks have a hard yet gummy texture. The treats are not given an animal flavour by it. No other ingredients are required; this protein merely has to be left alone in a cool place to set.

Pectin, a carbohydrate derived from plants, is also used by Welch’s in other goods including its jams. The type of pectin utilised comes from citrus or apples. Pectin stiffen up and gels, however it does not bind as well as gelatin.

Pectin also needs additional components, specifically sugar and an acid, to activate. Any food that contains pectin may lose flavour due to the high sugar level. Pectin is therefore present in many foods that are high in sugar.

Other sweet or savoury foods that contain gelatin include cheese, yoghurt, soup, marshmallows, and icing.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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