Once You Find Out How Gummy Candy Is Made, You'll Never Eat It Again

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Once You Find Out How Gummy Candy Is Made, You Won't Eat It

BRB we're vomiting.

Are you a big fan of gummy candy? Could you eat gummy bears, gummy worms, and even gummy hamburgers all day long?

Gummy candy is fun and seems like an innocent enough treat, but why are so many people getting turned off after seeing the short film by Belgian filmmaker, Alina Kneepkens?

The video shows, in stomach-turning detail, the way that gummy candies are made. Kneepkens shows the process in reverse, starting with the seemingly innocuous candy before revealing its gory beginnings. 

"I got the assignment to direct some reversed audiovisual stories showing the production of some of our food," Kneepkens said on her website. "I saw quite a few slaughterhouses and examples of both industrial and artisan food production. A true eye-opener."

It turns out that the way most gum-based candy like gummy candy/jelly sweets is made is pretty revolting. The ingredient that gives gummy candy their signature chewiness is gelatin. Gelatin is made from animal by-products.

"Only a few people know they're [gummy candy] made of gelatin from the skin of pigs," Kneepkens writes. "Sweet?"

The film has lots of shots of animal parts and slaughtered animals, and when you see that this is what the candy is made of, it's really enough to put you off to it.

When I was a child, I fainted in front of an Irish butcher shop because I saw a butcher put a side of beef on a hook in the window and wipe the blood on his his apron. In other words, I can't handle this kind of thing and couldn't get through the entire video. Neither could two of my friends.

But if you're OK with dead animals and their parts, here's the video. It's NOT for the faint of heart:


Luckily, there are vegan gelatin substitutes like agar, which is obtained from algae. In fact, one of this year's trendiest desserts, raindrop cakes, is made with agar.

If the secret of gelatin is getting you down, now might be the time to rediscover all the wonders of chocolate. Chocolate not only improves your brain function, but it doesn't involve the skin and bones of animals. 

Chocolate is good. Gummy frogs, gummy rats, and gummy Smurfs? Not so much.