Willy Wonka’s gourmet gum is now a possibility

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Boffins claim they've cracked the secret which will enable them to create Willy Wonka style sweets which replicate three meals in a single stick of gum.

Scientist Dave Hart, from the Institute of Food Research, says he can turn Roald Dahl’s eccentric gourmet gum invention into reality -- and luckily, without the unpleasant side effects!

Working with a team from the National Science & Engineering Competition he says nanotechnology can be used to encapsulate and release flavours in a precisely controlled way.

Hart and his team are currently experimenting with boiled sweets which have different flavour layers separated with a tasteless gelatine and contain a final desert taste at the centre, encapsulated in a high-tech gel called Gellan.

While he says a chewing gum might be a few years away, it he proclaims his boiled sweets a success -- and he hasn't even turned any children into blueberries, or so he says.
275x250.jpg Speaking of his work, Hart said: "Wonka’s fantasy concoction has been nothing but a dream for millions of kids across the world.

"But science and technology is changing the future of food, and these nanoparticles may hold the answer to creating a three course gourmet gum.

"The mechanism exists but the technique and flavours need perfecting. In the meantime, I’m working on the idea of a boiled sweet version which uses a much older scientific technique.”
 

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