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There’s a long-running conflict between heritage and contemporary in confectionery. The latest front in it is between candy makers and a new type of technology: freeze drying. Here, we dive into the world of candies. What textures, tastes and practices make freeze-dried candies different from traditionally made candies? We’ll take a look. So read up if you’re interested in candy, a would-be-candymaker, or just want something sweet.

The Art of Taffy Making

Let’s start with the standard way taffy is made. It’s a soft and chewy, stretchy and often sticky treat that is prepared by cooking sugar, corn syrup, butter and flavourings into a sticky mass, a molten mass of sugar. The resultant goo is pulled (deliberately) and stretched until it aerates and becomes taffy. Finally, it is chopped into bite-sized bits and wrapped in wax paper – either that or into big blocks and cut into pieces when it hardens into sheets.

Freeze Drying: A Modern Twist

There’s been a spate of new, taffy-inspired candies made by freeze drying, a process in which a substance is placed in a super-cooled chamber and water removed via sublimation. (This leaves behind a highly porous, airy structure.) When applied to candies, a freeze-dried product takes on a texture very unlike taffy.

Texture Tussle: Freeze Dried vs. Traditional Taffy

Freeze-Dried Candies

Candies are freeze-dried to bring out their light, crisp and airy texture. While eating sugary taffy, you can feel the dissolution of sugar and flavour in your mouth as the treat slowly melts into nothingness; freeze-dried candies snap instead, their wide array of textures – ice like, light like, crisp like, soft like – melding seamlessly with their equally surprising flavours.

Traditional Taffy

Conversely, the old-school kind is stretchable and springy; it takes a little work to break through the chewy layers, and the satisfaction is all in the long chew and the way it stretches itself around your teeth. Traditional taffy has all-time suitability. It’s nostalgic.

Taste Sensation

There is little difference between air-dried and freeze-drying in terms of flavour. If the flavour of the freeze-dried candy is pleasing, then it is a good option. One can just slowly uncross one’s lips and tongue and start licking his own lips. If you like a quick burst of flavour in the mouth, then either air-dried or freeze-dried moonrocks will provide this pleasure. On the other hand, if you prefer a slow release of flavor, then you will have to choose taffy, the slowly chewed version of the candy.

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Candy Manufacturers' Dilemma

But candy makers who opt for traditional taffy often feel stuck in the past, while those who embrace freeze-dried candies feel more modern and innovative. It's an age-old conundrum for candy companies who have to cater to a range of tasty tastes.

The Verdict

The answer really depends on which treat you prefer: freeze-dried candies or traditional taffy. In this battle, there can be no winner. Some of us might prefer the dry, airy snap of freeze-dried candies, while others might prefer the traditional chewiness of taffy. If you have a preference, though, there is one thing we’re sure of: it’s from the candy world where creativity reigns, and our sweet tooth’s preferences are only bound less and less with tradition.


1. Do freeze-dried candies make for healthier candy than taffy for an old man due to less moisture?

  • Some people have an opinion that since freeze-dried candies have a smaller amount of moisture than regular taffy, they see them as the healthier option, however both these candies are for the most part pieces of sugar, and people of all ages should enjoy them in moderation.

2.Its a matter of tissue water if freeze-dried candies taste better longer than taffy?

  • Best answer:Yes, they can preserve a longer time and remained favoir due to the reduction moisture.

3. Is there a home technique for producing freeze-dried candies?

  • Although it’s feasible to produce freeze-dried candies at home using the requisite apparatus, the preparation appears to be a lot less straightforward than the more conventional sweets that can be handmade using ordinary kitchen paraphernalia – such as taffy.

4. Will eating something through a straw irritate any food allergy?

  • Nothing could be further from the truth. Like taffy, freeze-dried candies may contain allergens like nuts, dairy or gluten. Consult the packaging label to be safe.

5. Will freeze-dried candies and taffy freeze out each other in recipes?

  • Not necessarily. Try pairing the two together in a recipe and you just might come up with an entirely new take on a dessert, one that balances textures and flavours in a way that surprises and delights.

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