The course aims to provide students with the chemical-physical and technological concepts that enable them to tackle the problems of sweet products production and the development of new products with competence.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the students will be able to manage the processing technologies to obtain the main confectionery products and the factors that affect their quality.
Recall of fundamental conceps (moisture, water activity, isotherms, rheology etc.). Main raw materials involved in the sector and their technological properties. SUGAR&CONFECTIONERY. Sugar industry. Sugar properties. Corn syrup: process and properties. Candies (hard candies, toffees, fudges, gummies, gelatins, fondant, tablets, licorice, dragée...): product definition, raw material specifications, operative conditions. The sugar-free sector: sugar substitutes, regulations, applications. COCOA&CHOCOLATE. Sector and market description. Regulations and product definitions. Cocoa varieties, cultivation and practices. Bean composition and quality. Cocoa processing and technology; process and factors influencing the quality. Chocolate manufacturing processes. Chocolate quality and defects. Milk crumb technology. Flavor development during processing. FRUIT&DERIVATIVES. Fruits in syrups, candied fruits, jams, marmalades etc.: regulations and product definitions, operative conditions, quality and defects. HONEY. Regulations and product definitions, process, quality and defects. OTHER PRODUCTS: ready to eat breakfast cereals, granola bars, 'torrone', 'croccante', etc.
Prerequisites for admission
Students must be familiar with the main food technology unit operation.
Lectures. Seminars held by experts from industry and/or academia. Technical visits. In accordance with teachers, planned seminars will be carried out by the students.
Slides provided by teachers, book chapters and scientific papers available on the ARIEL platform (https://ariel.unimi.it).
Assessment methods and Criteria
The evaluation, based on knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking of the topics, will include a oral discussion. Part of the final grade (up to 3/30) is related to the personal contribution to a project such as a short oral presentation or the discussion of a scientific paper regarding the topics debated during the lessons. To take the exam the student needs to sign up, within the required date, on SIFA (http://www.unimi.it/). The final grade is expressed by a mark out of 30 and it will be communicated to the student by e-mail through SIFA.