December 10, 2019
We've been including Xanthan Gum in our Wellness Syrup recipe for many years because of its ability to keep multi-ingredients products well blended. It isn't a likely ingredient for our product line, though, given our drive to use only whole, real food ingredients in the products we make. We received more than a few questions about why we were including this strange sounding ingredient, and, on the production floor, we found Xanthan Gum to be a tricky ingredient to deal with. If not added at the right temperature, or with the right velocity of mixing and blending occurring, Xanthan Gum can clump up and ruin an entire batch. So after years of fussing with both using and explaining it, we decided to run some experiments to see what would happen if we left it out. The results were amazing! The flavor actually improved a bit (it still tastes like Christmas, only better) and we saw no negative effects on the consistency of the syrup.
We officially cut Xanthan Gum from our recipe in October of this year. There may be a few bottles in distribution from earlier batches that do contain Xanthan Gum, so if avoiding this ingredient is important to you, be sure to read the label. We hope to have run through all the Wellness Syrup containing Xanthan Gum within the next month or two.
Norm’s Farms Elderberry Wellness Syrup contains Elderberries, Honey, Water, Cinnamon, Cloves, Sugar, and Malic Acid. The sugar and Malic Acid are found in the following amounts in each bottle of Wellness Syrup:
Sugar : about 1 tsp per bottle, or .77% by volume.
Malic Acid: almost un-measurable, about .01% by volume
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