You’re flipping through the channels one rainy, do-nothing day and come across a show which catches your eye. They’re making different kinds of candy on-screen. It’s colorful, with a lot of movement and a fairly straightforward process. You’re fascinated. However, it’s not really the candy that catches grabs your attention: it’s the blending machines they use to make the candy.
Whatever kind of candy they were making on that show, one of the primary ways to get your ingredients mixed is to blend them together. If you’re doing that at home, you use a big spoon, a blender or a mixer. The industrial equivalent of a big spoon is the paddle blender. Massive angled paddles mix together your ingredients as they move those ingredients around a tub. If the components are solid, they’ll tend to pile up in the middle of the container unless your paddles are angled correctly. Liquids move more smoothly through the whole tub.
At home, making smoothies or margaritas requires a good blender. On the job, when you need to take solid ingredients and make them liquid, you use an industrial fluidizer. With multiple blades that move in different directions, a fluidizer takes your solids and reduces them to liquids to ensure they’re completely mixed together.
Mix It Up
A mixer is an important piece of equipment at home if you’re making your favorite cakes or cookies. It’s crucial in commercial candy making, too. Many confection creators use a piece of equipment called a ribbon blender to mix their culinary concoctions. A ribbon blender is a continuous strip of metal that rotates through the ingredients that have been loaded in a tub. They work efficiently at moving the material around so everything is blended thoroughly and quickly. They’re also the most common type of industrial blending machine around due to their ease of use and cost-efficient operation.
Understanding the mechanics behind candy making may not affect your taste buds, but it’s interesting nonetheless.