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The Gummy Formula: Our Gold Standard Approach

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In today’s blog, I wanted to take some time to clear up a question I get all the time.

The question tends to go a little something like this: 

"So your Gold Standard Recipes & SOPs… They’re just basic recipes right? They give a base formulation, and we have to add any extras?"

And the answer is: no, it’s not that simple.

Let me explain.

The Gold Standard Recipes and SOPs are frameworks that teach you everything you need to know so that you can make strategic selections for your product.

We don’t lock you into a formulation. And this is because, as industry partners to scores of gummy manufacturers around the country, we know how important product differentiation is.

Our recipe helps you specify in your own unique formulation what we call Critical Control Metrics and Consumer Metrics.

Let's break that down.

Critical Control Metrics are the foundational determinants of your gummy’s longevity and shelf stability. These include water activity, brix level, pH, etc. that I’ve written about elsewhere.

Consumer Metrics include such considerations as flavor, color, shape, texture, effect, etc. 

The Gold Standard Recipe not only helps you understand how each of these metrics impact your final product, but it also clarifies the predictable interactions between the various inputs into your formulation.

Because you see, there really are NOT multiple ways to make a gummy. 
There's ONE way to do a gummy correctly, according to the chemistry.  That is what we teach people how to do. 

This is why it is the Gold Standard approach.

But don’t just take my word for it. Listen to what our clients have to say on Instagram about the value-add the SOPs bring:

There are a million derivatives that you see out in the market, examples of novice candy-makers engaging in, let's say, sub-optimal approaches.

And it’s true that sometimes those sub-optimal approaches don't hugely hamper operations. 


But much more likely, their inability to adhere to the chemistry costs them hundreds of thousands - or even millions! - of dollars per year.

And the worst part is that they don’t even notice. 

This is a silent killer inside of our industry.

I’ve been inside many seemingly highly successful operations, and found - literally - millions of dollars being wasted because processes are centered around some basic misunderstanding of foundational information.

So in general, our approach is all about:


  1. Optimizing your gummy formula and getting the chemistry exactly right,so your product can meet the Gold Standard in terms of your Critical Control Metrics.


  2. Empowering you to plug in various inputs to achieve something that is preferred for your consumers  versus merely required by the science.
This is how Dark City Molds’ Gold Standard Recipe & SOPs enrich our clients’ operations. 

They are platforms for launching your own in-house expertise centered around the gummy science of your unique formulation, whether gelatin or pectin.

They take the guesswork out of the foundational chemistry, which frees you up to focus as much as possible on the Consumer Metrics.

You want to tweak the flavor? The Gold Standard Recipe will help you determine which other ingredients must be readjusted to compensate for the pH impact. 

Texture not quite right? The recipe will show you the options for modifying the ratios of soluble solids without throwing off your water activity and cure times.

And not only do we offer a list of approved vendors for all required ingredients, but the SOP is also holistically supported by our team. If you need niche advice or expert recommendations, we’re here for you.

We are invested in our clients who invest in us.

So, are the Gold Standard Recipes & SOPs “Just basic recipes?” 

Hardly. They represent a partnership built on mutual trust and shared success.

Reach out to us today to discuss how these invaluable resources can enhance your operations, boost efficiency, and expand your library of SKUs. 

And don't miss the chance to explore our stock gummy mold library to get even more ideas for where your brand can go. Feeling really inspired? Ask us about getting rolling with a fully custom design.

Together, let's unlock the full potential of your gummy manufacturing venture. Get at us!

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