How Jawbreakers Are Made

Ever wonder how jawbreakers are made?

The candy we know today as a jawbreaker, was originally invented in the United Kingdom under the name "Gobstopper."  These were hard candies which you would suck on rather than bite down. Gobstoppers became immensely popular among school children as they were able to make the flavor last days, and in some cases, even weeks.

Gobstoppers were also known for having a number of layers, each layer dissolving to reveal a different color, before dissolving completely.

The word "jawbreaker" first appeared in the English language in 1839 and was defined as “a hard to pronounce word.” Gobstoppers became known as jawbreakers when the Ferrara Pan Candy Company released their version of the candy in 1919.  They chose the name jawbreaker due to the fact that biting down on one will likely lead to some serious dental problems.  Nowadays, the term is so widespread that all candies of this type are known as jawbreakers.

These sugar bombs are cooked using a hot-pan process, at a high temperature for days at a time.  During this routine, the sugar is churned constantly, until that perfect jawbreaker shape is formed.

Modern machinery means jawbreakers have become more elaborate, filled with secret flavors, or covered with psychedelic designs.  Watch the video below to see how jawbreakers are made.

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