Chicago — Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has filed a patent to produce tooth-friendly gummies made with the bulking agent erythritol, instead of polyols and corn syrup, which can cause dental caries.
“Consumers would prefer that a gelled confection is non-cariogenic because of the dental benefits,” the company says in its patent application.
Gummies are typically made using bulking agents such as sucrose, sorbitol, maltitol and isomalt, which can have a laxative effect.
“Another disadvantage of using sorbitol, maltitol and isomalt ingredients in gelled confections is that these polyols are not considered natural in many countries,” the application states. “Erythritol is made by an enzymatic method that allows it to be labeled natural.”