Who are we?
We are Exploded Sweets, pushing confectionery innovation in the UK to new heights. Our journey began in 2022, when Simon and Amy set up in their house with a few freeze-dryers and a mission to transform traditional confectionery into something extraordinary. Based near Nottingham, we have seen massive growth since then, and have been at the forefront of introducing the UK market to the delightful world of freeze-dried sweets. But what sets freeze-dried sweets apart from the rest? Let’s take a look!
What are freeze-dried sweets?
Freeze-dried sweets, a novel twist on traditional candies, are captivating the hearts of sweet lovers worldwide. But what exactly are they? In simple terms, freeze-dried sweets are regular candies that have undergone a freeze-drying process. This process places the sweets in a vacuum and removes moisture from the candies, leaving behind a light, airy, and crunchy texture that’s entirely different from their original state.
When it comes to sweets, the freeze-drying process makes all the difference. Traditional sweets, known for their glossy, smooth textures, are what most of us grew up with. They’re typically chewy or hard, with a moisture content that gives them a particular mouthfeel. In contrast, freeze-dried sweets present a whole new sensory experience.
The freeze-drying process leaves these sweets with a porous, airy texture. When you bite into a freeze-dried sweet, it delivers a satisfying crunch, followed by a melt-in-your-mouth sensation. This unique texture also allows for a more intense burst of flavor, as the lack of moisture concentrates the taste.
Why haven’t I heard of this before?
The concept isn’t new; freeze-drying has been used for decades, primarily for preserving food for astronauts in space due to its ability to retain flavor and nutritional value while significantly extending shelf life. However, its application in the world of confectionery is a relatively recent innovation, offering an exciting new texture and intensity of flavor in sweets. Unlike the usual purpose of freeze-drying, to extend the shelf life and preserve the product, the freeze-drying of confectionery is to provide an entirely new twist on the existing product for the purposes of enjoyment rather than practicality.
Give ’em a try!
Whether it’s the intense flavors, unique textures or appealing mixes of your favourite sweets, freeze-dried sweets are a new option for anyone looking to try something new. They’re not just a treat; they’re a trendsetter in the confectionery world, bringing joy and surprise with every bite.
As we continue to innovate and expand our range, we invite you to join us on this delicious journey. Embrace the crunch, savour the flavour, and enjoy the uniqueness that is a freeze-dried sweet from Exploded Sweets.