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Sweetener Effect on Chocolate Texture

Situation

A confectionery processor wanted to measure the effect on the final texture of their chocolate covered mint product when using a sugar substitute in the formulation.

This processor needed a way to objectively measure the final product texture between the regular and sugar-free formulations and be able to show any differences between them.

Method

Testing was performed with a TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer, a 100N load cell and a Mini Three-Point Bend Fixture. The program was written to start at zero, run down to sense top of the product before beginning test to compensate for any difference in height of the samples, run down at 500mm/min to 25mm, breaking the candy in half, then return back to zero. The graph to the right shows a vast difference in firmness by the peak forces as well as the area covered. The more area covered by the sugar free mint indicates it had a firmer outside coating as well as firmer inside mint filling that resisted the probe more than the regular mint product.

Significance and Benefits

  • Quick and easy test that gives repeatable, objective results that are nearly real time with the processing
  • Allows for more concise control of textural attributes of the product
  • Reduces the possibility of downtime due to a product that does not meet quality standards

 

Trusted by customers across the world

Nestle purchased a texture system from Food Technology Corporation in 2006. Since then I have recommended the texture system to several vendors in North and Central America. Staff at FTC was able to develop a simple training manual and procedure for the texture system allowing easy training in short period of time.

From purchasing of equipment through to installation and start-up, the level of personal care and service was remarkable. Shirl Lakeway and his staff at Food Technology Corporation are patient and understanding, and are always at our disposal for any assistance. Since we bought the equipment we have had no problems and feel very secure knowing that we can count on FTC for their support and service.

Dr Mawele Shamaila, Nestle - USA
http://www.nestleusa.com/

As a seasonal vegetable processor, understanding crop maturity and the accuracy of this measurement is key to staying ahead of crop and knowing when to make the move from value to premium product as harvest time constraints permit.

The TU units provided by FTC give us the accuracy to work to much tighter tolerances, replacing older less accurate analogue equipment which in turn can affect final product grading and profitability.

The units are well designed, very low maintenance and are backed up with a strong support service which will allow them to provide many years of accurate, reliable service.

Colven Wilson
Technical Manager
http://www.eyefreeze.co.uk/

I have found FTC to be an excellent partner for our company. In particular, it has been especially gratifying to work with Shirl Lakeway. Both creative and accommodating, he worked very hard with us to develop our projects.

I appreciate his commitment to our joint efforts and his open-minded approach. He and FTC have been exceptionally helpful.

Steve Antonius, Del Monte Foods
http://www.delmonte.com/