Liquorice can take many forms; the aromatic aniseed flavour of traditional black liquorice, the sweet fruity flavour of red liquorice, and the tangy sweet & sour flavour of four-colour liquorice.
Co-extruded with sugar paste into an incredible array of shapes, forms colours and flavours – or filled with a fruit flavoured explosion of gel. Whether you call it Liquorice or Licorice – nobody can deny this versatile low sugar confectionery is more popular than ever! BCH was there at the very beginning when this unique product began to be mass produced in the early part of the 19th century, and we’re still the name behind most of the worlds well-known brands – whether Batch or Continuous we can help you with all your liquorice manufacturing requirements!
Liquorice & Starch Gel Process Systems
BCH produced their first liquorice press in 1835 and have been manufacturing equipment for liquorice and starch gel applications ever since.
In 1968 a breakthrough in the design of equipment for the production of liquorice products resulted in the BCH final moisture system. This original design was for batch processing which was later developed into a continuous production system, thus reducing labour and handling requirements.
Further expansion to the range incorporated co-extrusion technology which allows the combination of liquorice and sugar paste products. By modifying the recipe and process further it is possible to incorporate fruit juices or purees to allow for the production of a more natural product.
Today’s production liquorice lines incorporate the latest developments in electronics control and modern design.
Flexible confectionery is manufactured from wheat flour, starch, sugar, molasses, glucose syrups, fruit purees and flavourings that are blended together to make a slurry. The resultant slurry is cooked, thus allowing the starch particles to expand and turn into a paste. The liquorice can then be extruded into various shapes through a wide range of die profiles.
BCH continue to provide systems for the production of liquorice, using either a batch or continuous process in line with consumer demand.
BCH offers both Batch and Final Moisture cooking solutions.
Liquorice slurry with a water content of around 30-35% is prepared in a BCH liquorice slurry mixing vessel, prior to transfer into the Batch Cooker.
The Batch Cooker is stainless steel, steam jacketed mixing vessel, mounted on load cells to enable correct input and output weights. Thereby we are able to control the desired moisture content of the liquorice cooked paste.
-Large steam jacketed surface area for fast moisture evaporation, with an automatic temperature control system
-Heavy duty agitation system complete with close fitting scraper design, ensuring:
- Even product dispersion
- Fully gelatinised paste
- Clean jacket surface