New hydrocolloid system reduces sugar use in bars

by Jeff Gelski
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WHITE MARSH, MD. — TIC Gums has introduced Add-Here 3200, a hydrocolloid system designed to reduce the amount of sugar, honey and/or high-fructose corn syrup in the formula of such products as granola, cereal and energy bars.

Traditionally, sugar, honey or HFCS tie together ingredients like oats, shredded coconut, seeds, nuts and dried fruit. Taking out the sweeteners thus may result in the loss of both taste and texture appeal. Add-Here is a proprietary line of hydrocolloids that replaces the texture and bonding qualities needed but with significantly less sugar, according to White Marsh-based TIC Gums.

The Add-Here products are dispersible and soluble, and they have low enough viscosity to be spray-able. Drying time may be reduced by as much as 20%.

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