There are some images you simply cannot unsee, no matter how hard you try to repress them or sear them away. It’s even more painful when they ruin your experience with food. For me, it was the first time I saw the old school McNuggets being made – thank God they’re made the proper way now.
For Snoop Dogg, that image is the stomach-churning process behind how hot dogs are made – if you are yet to watch that video, I highly recommend you do. While we’re on the topic of recommended videos, you might as well watch the video of Jamie Oliver making chicken nuggets out of bones for some kids.
For anyone with a sweet tooth, that list now includes the revolting method behind how gummy candies are brought into existence. While they are cute and unassuming on the face of things, you’ll have a very different opinion after seeing this piece. Be warned: this is next level terrifying.
The overly-curious minds at Over Eten TV recently shared a behind-the-scenes video about how gelatin is made, and it’s not for the faint of heart. The clip starts at the very end of the process – when a woman has just taken a bite of a gumdrop. The video then works backwards in showing exactly what goes into producing each piece of candy.
Your sweets start life as a live pig, idly going about its day, minding its own business. The pig is then killed, before being hung to drain it of any blood. It’s taken into an abattoir-factory place, where its skin is burnt to presumably get rid of any infectious contaminants left on the skin.
They are then roasted and chopped up into batches of flesh before having their skin peeled off. Then, batches of flesh are fed into a machine that turns the peeled of skin into a clear, congealed goop (similar to, but not affiliated with, Gwyneth Paltrow’s food brand). From there, a fermentation-looking process happens and the gelatin is separated into strings.
A few more factory-y things happen – drying, separating, etc. Then, a couple of dyes are added to some liquid gelatin. Before you know it, a pig is miraculously transformed into chewy bite-sized candy you pick up from the shelf.
Appetizing, right? The makers of the video, Over Eten explain: “This ‘Gelatine’ video tells the reversed story of how gelatine candy is actually produced. Starting from wrapped candy, going all the way back to the living pig. Just by showing a series of reversed images it reveals a detailed and truthful story on daily foods and its origin.”
The company has a whole series dedicated to pulling back the veil on items like: “sugar, crisps, black pudding, rabbit stew, lamb burger, pastry and mozzarella.” Changing the way we look at food is a difficult task, especially for something so loved like sweets and meat. If this is what it takes, I’d rather not know.