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The History of Dragees

The History of Dragees

When you enter the New Farm Confectionery flagship store your eyes are drawn to our beautiful confectionery cabinet filled with chocolate covered nuts, freeze dried fruits and other delicious centers.

Taking a glance into the window, you can take a peek into our kitchens where you will usually see two 'panning' machines on our benches. Watch as the thin ribbons of luxurious milk, dark and white chocolate are being streamed into the machines to create our amazing Dragees.

Sugar panning or simply 'panning' is the process of building layers of chocolate or crystalized sugar onto a candy or nut center. Panning is carried out in a rotating pan called a dragee pan but you could make your own dragees using a cake tin and some tempered chocolate if you want to. The first mechanized panning machine was believed to have been created in 1836, before that everything was panned by hand.

Oddly enough, when we take a step back in time, records show the method of panning was first used in the pharmaceutical industry back in 1100 to make medicines easier to swallow. Jump forward a few years in time and sweet ingredients such as honey and sugar started to become involved in the panning process, sugar panning was born! It was at this point in history that the fun began and something sweet was on the rise.

There are 3 main stages of panning;

1. Pre-treatment of the center: The nut or candy is processed with a protective layer to assist in the panning stage and prolong the shelf life.

2. Chocolate/candy panning: The building and layering of chocolate or candy layers to form dragees.

3. Polishing and Sealing: This stage adds a glossy shine to the product.

Some of the first ever confectionery-coated pieces were believed to have been made in the year 1200 in France. It is said that in France dragees became famous for their ability to increase fertility. Many dragees started to make an appearance at family events, weddings, christenings and from the 16th century onwards, they were also found on the tables of princes. 

To this day dragees are being made all over the world. They can vary from fruit or nut centers, caramels, liquid centers, nougat pieces and many more! Dragees are a very diverse product and can be made with so many flavour combinations, the creativity is endless.

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Berry Fresh

Berry Fresh

Whether you are new or a long term committed customer at New Farm Confectionery, you have most likely tried our Dark Chocolate Raspberry bark. On each piece there is a bountiful amount of freeze dried raspberry crumble and this delicious and vibrant product comes from none other than Berry Fresh.

Berry Fresh is an Australian family owned business, with the most incredible freeze dried products that Australia has to offer. We love partnering with this brand as they deliver high quality ingredients that we can use across a multitude of products. Our relationship with different suppliers is so unbelievably important, especially when we are a rapidly growing business.

Berry Fresh is unparalleled in their field, with their range continuously growing, which in term gives us a great opportunity to expand our product range and experiment with new and interesting flavours. We have been able to create a wonderful relationship with the company and on a more personal level with the amazing owner Jimmy.

We have a large range of New Farm Confectionery products that are handcrafted using Berry Fresh products. A personal favourite is our Milk Chocolate coated Strawberries. Locally grown on the Berry Fresh Farms in the Yarra Valley and the Sunshine Coast, their strawberries are incredibly fresh and full of flavour. When you bite into the New Farm Confectionery Chocolate Coated Strawberry you are met with an abundance of flavour, the silky smooth milk chocolate pairs perfectly with the sweet and ever so slightly tarte whole freeze dried strawberry. 

Visit us in store or shop the range of New Farm Confectionery products made using Berry Fresh ingredients to experience the taste sensation for yourself. The range includes:

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