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Taste Changing Candy

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In this instructable I am going to show you, how to make candy, that will change your sensation of taste. This candy will start tasting sour at first and then gets a more sweet and cherry like flavour. The interesting part about it is, that your senses are tricked into believing, that the candy changes its flavour, even though it actually doesn't. It blocks out the taste bud receptors which are responsible for sour, bitter and acidic flavours.

You might have heard of the protein miraculin (wikipedia). It is a natural sugar substitute which can be found in the miracle berry and causes sour fruit to taste sweet. Its plant is difficult to grow and so the easiest way to get the protein is in the form of tablets. For its effect to take place it has to stay in contact with the tongue for as long as possible. Therefore the tablet has to slowly melt on the tongue and should be rolled around to get the best result. I figured that there should be a better way to ensure that the protein stays in contact with the tongue for as long as possible without having the annoying corn starch taste in the mouth. The result is this candy.

Not only is just a third of the amount of protein needed to get the same effect, but it also tastes a whole lot better. You can use this candy to prank your friends or to have a miracle berry party with them and try different sour and bitter food to see the difference (the effect will wear off after about 30 minutes). Believe me it is extremely funny to trick your senses this way. If you are interested in finding out more about the protein, take a look at this paper.

Instead of using "normal" sugar (which consists of monosaccharides such as glucose, fructose and galactose), we will be using isomalt sugar (wikipedia). I've listed the advantages and disadvantages of using isomalt in the following table:

advantages disadvantages
+ less hygroscopic: less sticky in humid conditions
+ no water needed for cooking
+ does not caramelize: doesn't get a yellowish colour
+ very clean and clear (sugar has a natural tint, isomalt doesn't)
+ can be reheated
+ doesn't crystallise as easy
+ no impurities have to be remove during cooking
+ less calories
- more expensive
- leaves less time to work with
- may upset the stomach if consumed in large quantities

As you can see in this case the advantages clearly outweigh the disadvantages.
 
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mcharles84 months ago
Where did you get all this stuff
pie201020117 months ago
I should call you Willy Wonka
smokey22991 year ago
This is amazing how you got it to change tastes
Simply majestic
husamwadi1 year ago
mmm looks delicious, I'll try to make some and eat it with whatever teeth i have left!
Really interesting USE of "Miracle Berry".
daenris1 year ago
This is great. I love that you took the time to make them dual-colored as well, definitely a nice visual touch. You didn't mention, but did you also flavor the colors differently or was it just color?

You may want to add to your disadvantages column that consuming too much isomalt can cause bloating/diarrhea as with all sugar alcohols. Typically you'd probably have to eat like 10-20 of them I'd guess so not likely to be a problem for this application. Most "sugar-free" candies use sugar alcohols instead because they have less impact on blood sugar levels, and they include a warning like this on the package.
BrittLiv (author)  daenris1 year ago
Hi, thank you! Both colours have the same flavour, but that can easily be changed.

You are definitely right, I should add that.
mrmerino1 year ago
Those look really good.
Misac-kun1 year ago
"Miracle Berry" Sound like something from Harvest Moon.
Edgar1 year ago
Neat!
Went to the Blog:
http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2013/04/solidworks-3d-em-video-uma-forja-duma.html
canida1 year ago
Neat! You always have the most amazing projects - love this!
BrittLiv (author)  canida1 year ago
Thank you! My biggest dream would be to come and visit you guys one day.
sunshiine1 year ago
These would be great fun to make! Thanks for sharing and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine
BrittLiv (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thank you! They are even more fun to eat.
Edgar1 year ago
Aw, Jeez! LOL :)
You keep on surprising us! Thanks!
sdudley1 year ago
You're AWESOME! You always have the coolest instructables. Keep it up, you rock!
BrittLiv (author)  sdudley1 year ago
Thank you! So are you. Anything new planned?
More Dremel stuff but not for a while yet. I'm busy with too many things right now. Nice chatting with you again. Love the new instructable. :)
bowow08071 year ago
Where did you buy your heat lamp? Because I used to make hard candies, but they always kept getting hard by the time I finish the design and stretch them. It was hell to work and I had to handle the candies earlier (while still burning hot!) and rush to get the colors just right, so they always turned out sloppy. I'd love to get back into it though!

And by the way Great Instructable!
BrittLiv (author)  bowow08071 year ago
Hi, thank you! I'm from Germany, so I got mine from amazon.de, but amazon.com seems to be having them, too. The one I used has 150W. A pet supply store should have them, too. I agree making candy without one is really frustrating, but believe me it is a lot of fun, should you have one.
Now you just have to figure out how to make someone's mouth glow after they eat the candy.
BrittLiv (author)  caitlinsdad1 year ago
Haha, I guess that would be the next step. It shouldn't be to hard to achieve under UV light (as a bonus your urine will glow, too). We are actually working on a different type of glowing candy right now.
Ummm, I guess some artist will be knocking on the door to get a hold of that. Don't eat glowing snow.
Ummm, I guess some artist will be knocking on the door to get a hold of that. Don't eat glowing snow.
Ooooh! Those sound so awesome!
BrittLiv (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you, I first made it as a prank, but my friends can't get enough of them.
oldmicah1 year ago
They sound awesome. Sorry if I missed it, but how many candies did you get from the recipe?
BrittLiv (author)  oldmicah1 year ago
Hi, I wrote it above the ingredients, sorry if it wasn't to visible. You will get about 8-9 candies. You can make them smaller to get more. I tried using only 2 tablets on the same amount of sugar and it worked well, too.
WHAT SORCERY IS THIS?