Consumers should be aware of the unusual appearance of some candies due to the way they are made or due to temperature variations that can affect the product. “Bloom” on chocolate occurs due to temperature variations and gives the exterior of the chocolate a cloudy white appearance (although it does not affect the flavor). Other candies, such as bubblegum, have a food starch dusting on them. These unusual appearances sometimes occur naturally during the manufacturing and/or storage of candy.
The following list gives possible explanations for some manufacturing quality issues with chocolate and non-chocolate candy items and gum. If you have any further questions, contact the manufacturer of the product. If you have reason to suspect the candy you have has been tampered with, contact your local police or health department.
Graying Chocolate (resembles light powder) - Fat “bloom” caused by exposure to heat or sugar “bloom” caused by exposure to dampness
White Powder-like Substance - Food starch used as release agent in manufacture or during packaging
Air bubbles and indentations - Result of manufacture, sometimes due to a timing imperfection in wrapping. Holes (looks as if it was made with the tip of a pin) - Air holes or starch holes that result from chocolate enrobing process. Holes from sizing units.
Shiny, Crystal-like Substance - Large sugar or crystals resulting from manufacture Hard unexpanded malted milk ball center Tree sap, a gum sometimes present with tree nuts
Hard lumps - Result of manufacture, may be peanut bit, stem or fruit bit White Particles on Candy - Result of manufacture, May be starch that has not dissolved or sugar or salt from peanut butter
Stringy substance on surface - Escaped cream or other center
Other Appearances White particles on container - Sugar or starch from manufacture Whitish-yellow powder - On product or in container from crushing of chocolate, on surface below chocolate covering, may be starch covering for filling Spotted Surface - Black or Brown spots may be sugar burned in manufacture Looks or Feels Like a Little Pebble - Hard pieces of unexpanded malted milk ball center Wet look - Moisture from product of polish solution Wood - Peanut stem approximately 3/4" long with a rough textured exterior
Taste Variations Metallic Taste - Candy burned in manufacture Unexpected Taste - Citric or ascorbic acid that has not dissolved may be unusually bitter or sour, unusually strong flavoring may result from air bubbles with concentrated flavoring