Quality parameters and consumer acceptance of jelly candies based on pomegranate juice ¿mollar de elche¿

  • Marina Cano-Lamadrid /
  • ángel Calín-Sánchez /
  • Jesús Clemente-Villalba /
  • Francisca Hernández /
  • ángel A. Carbonell-Barrachina /
  • Esther Sendra /
  • Aneta Wojdyło
Journal ar
  • Volumen: 9
  • Número: 4
  • Fecha: 01 abril 2020
  • ISSN: 23048158
  • Tipo de fuente: Revista
  • DOI: 10.3390/foods9040516
  • Tipo de documento: Artículo
  • Editorial: MDPI Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing
© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( is an upward trend towards reducing or suppressing additives in foods, as well as reducing the use of E-numbers in labels providing clean label foods. Therefore, the development of confectionary products based exclusively on natural ingredients with antioxidant properties may offer valuable solutions to the confectionery industry. Fruit juices and purées may provide functional and organoleptic properties in jelly candies in a natural way. The consumption of pomegranate fruit and derivative products has increased due to their association with health benefits. The aim of this study was to determine consumer insights about pomegranate-based jellies, cultivar ¿Mollar de Elche¿, as affected by formulation (100% pomegranate juice or 50%-50% pomegranate juice-apple purée) and type of sweetener (sugar or honey), and to link affective and descriptive data from sensory studies. The most valued quality parameter of pomegranate products, red color (measured by the green-red coordinate, a*), was not negatively affected by jelly preparation. It was determined that the main liking drivers for pomegranate jellies were intense red color and high brightness. The results might be used by pomegranate processing companies to improve their manufacturing protocols and to develop successful products meeting consumer demands and needs. The formulation containing 20% gelatin, pure ¿Mollar de Elche¿ pomegranate juice, 1% citric acid, and sucrose as sweetener provided the best quality of jellies in terms of color, texture, antioxidant capacity, and sensory attributes.

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