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Sugars and Gelling Agents

These are usually added to another mass in order to change the characteristics or behaviour of the mass in some way.

Sorbitol, invert sugar and glucose syrup are all sugars. Sorbitol is generally used to keep a filling soft due to its properties as a moisture stabiliser. Invert sugar, which is a non-crystalline sugar with similar properties to honey, performs the same function but through a different mechanism. Glucose is often used as a thickener or sweetener. Detailed guidance on how and when to use different sugars is beyond the scope of this introduction, but there are many books which cover their use, such as Jean-Pierre Wybauw's 'Fine Chocolates' series.

Isomalt is a sugar alcohol. It is non-hygroscopic and does not crystallise as fast as sugar. As a result, it is widely used in sugar sculpture. Tartaric acid, like citric acid, will convert sucrose to invert sugar which again makes your sugar stock more pliable and easier to work.

Ultratex is a thickener agent for use in both hot and cold applications. It is an easy to use, versatile, gluten-free product.

Gelatine and pectin are gelling agents and stabilisers used to give food a gelatinous texture. In confectionery, they are essential ingredients in products such as fruit jellies to make them cuttable.

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CodeDescriptionStyle/ContentInfoPack SizeIn-stock
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Sorbitol
SCA102Sorbitol 70% Liquid (LGK)Non-Crystallising, EP/BP/USP/E420(ii)25kg drum24£67.36
SCA103PSorbitol 70% Liquid (LGK)Non-Crystallising, EP/BP/USP/E420(ii)6kg pack21£18.67
Invert Sugar and Invertin
SCA106Invertin Humectant1l bottle4£43.74
SCA107Invert Sugar; Paste Form7kg pail78£13.09
Glucose Syrup
SCA118Belgosuc Confectionery; Firm Glucose Syrupwith 38 Dextrose Equivalent15kg tub51£22.72
SCA119Belgosuc Confectionery; Firm Glucose Syrupwith 38 Dextrose Equivalent1kg tub311£2.29
Panela Powder
SCC934CasaLuker Cacao; Panela PowderSugar1kg bag26£2.99
Isomalt
SCA127Isomalt; 25kg25kg bagTo Order Only£207.68
SCA128Isomalt; 5kg5kg bag5£47.55
SCA129Isomalt; 1kg1kg bag7£10.32
Tartaric Acid
SCA134Tartaric Acid; 500g500g4£14.61
Ultratex
SCA136Ultratex; 500g500g2£22.48
Gelatin and Pectin
SCA132Pectin; 200g200g4£11.24
SCA140Leaf GelatineGold gelatine; Jelly strength 185-230g Bloom1kg box-£31.58
SCA145Powdered Gelatine3kg box2£49.81