Red Vines are a chewy, liquorice-like type of candy that have been manufactured by the American Licorice Company in their current form since 1952. Red Vines, which have a cherry flavour, have a fairly simple make-up, in comparison to their other candy counterparts. Red Vines have no real nutritional value, but they are a fat-free candy.
Corn syrup is a cheap, common ingredient in most candies. Corn syrup is a thickener and a sweetener in one. Because the product has no nutritional value, and because it promotes cavities, corn syrup is often decried by doctors and nutritional experts.
Wheat flour is often added to candy recipes to keep the candy from being too sticky. The wheat flour is the ingredient that binds all of the other ingredients together, making the candy cohesive. The wheat flour also is responsible for liquorice's shiny look, because when liquorice is cooked, the wheat flour gelatinises.
Citric acid is a safe, cheap ingredient that is often added to candies and other sweets to give it a bit of tart flavouring. Citric acid is found naturally in lemon juice, but today it is manufactured via fermentation, using the action of certain moulds on sugar syrups.
Artificial Flavor and Color (Red 40)
When a product's nutritional label reads "artificial flavour," this usually refers to any number of chemical combinations that can be manufactured to emulate naturally occurring flavours, like Red Vines' cherry flavour. Artificial flavourings are a common ingredient in junk food and candy. Artificial colour refers to the dyes that are used to turn edible products into different colours. Because Red Vines are supposed to taste like cherry, the "Red 40" dye is utilised. Red 40 is the most common food dye out there, and it can also be found in soft drinks, baked goods, pet food and sausage.
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