Hard panned candy

Protecting the candy

Confection, such as chewing gum, is often coated with a hard shell of sugar or polyol (sugar free). This hard coating protects the chewing gum and provides a pleasant, often colourful, appearance and a nice crunch. This type of candy is named 'hard panned candy'. The coating is created by spraying layers of a concentrated solution and drying it. This process is very time consuming (up to 8 hours) as multiple layers (40-150) are needed to make a strong shell.

Sisterna sucrose esters

Sucrose esters are known for their effect on sugar crystallisation. Addition of sucrose esters to the spraying solution have multiple benefits:

  • Shorter production time (9 -19% shorter)
  • Smoother surface (after the engrossing step)
  • Whiter appearance (replacing TiO2)
  • Less permeable layer
  • Helping/replacing gum arabic
  • Sugar reduced panning possible

These benefits can also be used in sugar free polyol panning.

Panning technology

For general advice on panning technology, you can contact Mr. Frédéric Menguy, international consultant on panning confectionery. Visit his website here.  



  • Panning time reduction
  • Whiter colour
  • Smoother surface
  • Less permeable layer
  • Sugar-reduction possible
  • Also in polyol panning

Sisterna's advice

0.5% Sisterna SP50 or Sisterna SP70