Gobstoppers & Jawbreakers - Their History

Since we had some really huge gobstoppers arrive at our warehouse a few days, we decided to do a little digging and find out everything we could about the wonderful world of gobstoppers! We wanted to know how they are made, how they are eaten by most and how many gobstoppers are consumed in the world.

Gobstoppers, which are also commonly known as jawbreakers are a type of hard confectionery. Gobstoppers are usually round in shape and range from about 1 cm across to 3 cm across. We have just had a gobstopper that weighs 500g (half a kilo) so this is much bigger than the dimensions provided above. They are always traditionally very hard which gives them a novelty feel when trying to eat them.

The term gobstopper derives from the word 'gob', which is a term of slang that is commonly used in the UK. Gobstoppers usually consist of a number of layers. Each layer normally dissolves which reveals a different colored layer. Gobstoppers can be sucked or licked. They are normally far too hard to bite without risking dental damage (hence the name jawbreaker!).

Gobstoppers are manufactured by slowly depositing individual layers onto a core. Gobstoppers are made in large, rotating, heated pans, similar to what is used to make most boiled sweets. The candies can take several weeks to manufacture, as the process of adding sugar, which is in a liquid form has to be repeated multiple times (more than 100 times over a few weeks to make just a one inch ball). Various colours and delicious flavours are also added during the panning process.

How do you like to eat your gobstoppers? We would love to hear from you as we are sure that there are lots of different ways. Also, which is your favourite ever gobstopper?

We had a long debate in the office and it was a tough choice between the new 500g gobstoppers are the original gobstoppers!