The Meeting Place

How jelly sweets are really made

This short film shows how gelatin sweets are made by showing the process in reverse


Will you think twice before eating a jelly sweet in the future?



Try cochineal!

This I did learn as a child, I looked upon this in horror.


 Carminic acid is extracted from the female cochineal insects and is treated to produce carmine, which can yield shades of red such as crimson and scarlet. The body of the insect is 19–22% carminic acid. ... It takes about 80,000 to 100,000 insects to make one kilogram of cochineal dye. Image result for how cochineal is made

Pigs in the lollies? I wonder if the Jews know about this?

Would imagine very much so and would only buy products made with kosher gelatin if concerned. Examples/articles.


I'm sure they do too but the eye is having a dig at Jews. Why? nothing better to do that's for sure.

Sooo nice that the anaconda is thinking of us Jews. Nope, we are very careful not to have piggies in our lollies

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Quote Robi.."Pigs in the lollies? I wonder if the Jews know about this?"

Did you get a fleeting moment of sick satisfaction with your fake concern? Yes..Jews do know about what's kosher or not..many however (except for Orthodox Jews).. don't walk into a lolly shop and ask for kosher lollies..

Obviously your tiny minded dig at Micha and Bijou has backfired..

Go back to your sarcasm well and pull up another bucket of mindless rubbish..

Oh dear, another gang attack!

There are more Jews in the world than Micha and Bijou. I didn’t know lollies were made with pig meat and I genuinely wondered if Jewish people do. Forgot about vegetarians but will now have to deliver the sad news to my lolly munching vegan grand daughter.

Tell me Sophie, how “tiny minded” do you think Micha is being when he calls me anaconda and consistently bullies me and others on the forum? You constantly overlook your own stuffy, attacking behaviours and those of your relatives and friends. 

Now please (all of you bullies) leave me alone and stop making assumptions.


Ahhh, methinks the poor ole dear really was concerned about her Jewish vegan granddaughter. Nobody believes you robi.conda. 


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Stop your bullying Micha. You are making a fool of yourself and are becoming a bore.


A fool? A bore? Nothing is further from the truth.

But to you Robi, I say, never argue with a liar, (especially one who has had a lot of practice and you certainly have), you can't win, because liars always believe their own lies.

Stop your bullying Banjo. You too are making a fool of yourself and have become a bore. Your gang-up style bullying attacks, in this case by ‘Reagan, Micha, Sophie and you’, are NOT OK!

Yes Robi - not only Jews, wonder if Muslims know which lolies are kosher/halal

If there are Jews, Muslims, Vegetarians or Vegans who prefer not to have animal products in their lollies, there are alternatives:


Darell Lea Liquorice: Original, Raspberry
Darell Lea Liquorice Twists: Original, Raspberry, Grape
Fyna Liquorice
Go Natural Organic Liquorice
Ricci Liquorice

Biona Peppermints
Eclipse Mints
Fisherman's Friend Original, Mint, Spearmint
Flirt (Aldi) Blitz Mints: Peppermint, Spearmint
Mentos Mint, Fruit, Spearmint, Pineapple, Lemon Lime, Pink Lemonade
Tic Tacs Mint, Orange
Jila Mints

Bols (Kmart) Sherbet Straws
Bols (Kmart) Sour Straps: Cola, Rainbow, Strawberry
Coles Lemon Sherbet
Coles Sour Rainbows
Dominion Naturals (Aldi) Sour Rainbow Straps
Dominion Naturals (Aldi) Sour Stilts
Natural Confectionery Co. Sour Patch Kids
Wizz Fizz Sherbet
Woolworths Sour Straps: Fruit, Strawberry
X-Treme Sour Straps

Biona Lollipops
Bols (Kmart) Lollipops
Bols (Kmart) Round Lollipop
Bols (Kmart) Unicorn Lollipop
Chupa Chups Fruit flavours, Cola
Coles Lollipops

Aussie Drops Eucalyptus
Biona Jelly Dinos
Biona Pomegranate Hearts
Bols (Kmart) Fruit Quivers
Bols (Kmart) Mint Leaves
Bols (Kmart) Nippers
Bols (Kmart) Rainbow Candy Rolls
Coles Barley Sugar
Eco-Vital Fruit Gummy Bears
Eco-Vital Fruity Hearts
Eco-Vital Fruity Sour Snakes
Eco-Vital Jelly Fruits
Eco-Vital Wine Gums 
Everlasting Gobstopper
Fino Flavoured Jells Blackcurrant, Raspberry, Strawberry, Lemon, Lime, Orange
Mentos Mint, Fruit, Spearmint, Pineapple, Lemon Lime, Pink Lemonade
Swedish Fish
Swizzels Fizzers, Giant Fizzers, Giant Love Hearts, Double Dip, Parma Violets
VegeBear's Cola Koalas
VegeBear's Frooty Fruits
VegeBear's Fruit Jellies
Woolworths Homebrand Barley Sugar
Woolworths Homebrand Eucalyptus
Woolworths Homebrand Fruit Drops
Woolworths Homebrand Humbugs
Woolworths Homebrand Spearmint Leaves

I am sure people who don't like animal products in their lollies..will be very appreciative Bijou..thanks!

Bijou - thanks for that list. I don't eat sweets myself but it is a good idea to know what's in them.

Thanks too Bijou. I think I've got the beginnings of  17 year old vegan on my hands!

Very kind of you to post the list.   

After seeing that, I will never eat those gummy lollies again! Bleah!!! Horrors! 

If you want to cook a jelly desert, you can buy Queen Jel-It-In Vegetarian Gelling Powder but vegan gelatine  is some 4 times more expensive than the animal gelatin.

Agar is another alternative but does give firmer jellies than gelatins.


By far the greatest bulk of the Australian population, maybe exceeding 95%, are far removed from food production and can be startled to learn where their food and other products come from.  They are also largely insulated from life's realities, which they prefer not to think about.

Their ignorance and sensitivity (there might be a more apt word!) are easily capitalised upon by marketers and political interests who make secondary gain from manipulating them.

The entrepreneurs and their marketers are presently beavering away trying to convince the oncoming generations that modern people don't actually prepare their own food.  They should be eating out for most meals - Japanese city workers are taken as an example - meals should be bought ready cooked to reheat and flats can be smaller with only a tiny alcove as a faux kitchen.  Maybe metropolitan Australia is already half way there.

If the public only know what goes into food. Here’s a shocking revelation. Did you know a chemical in bread products called L-cysteine, is made from mostly bird feathers, with some human and hog hair mixed in. While companies can make synthetic, it’s an expensive process, so most of the industrially used chemical is extracted from animals and used in products, and even more off putting a few years ago a BBC report claimed the human hair was mostly sourced from hair salons in China!

Another surprise, at least for me. Sugar isn’t naturally white, and in order to reach that colour, some manufacturers process it using bone char - often referred to as 'natural carbon'.

If anyone is interested I found out about this place recently because of our youngest who's going through a vegan phase.

The Cruelty Free Shop

Kiah, your youngest is probably not going through a vegan "phase" but is committed, as long as you don't belittle her for it.  Once you've seen the unsavourory truth about your grocery items, you can't "unsee" it.  The young are the future for a better and kinder world.  Vegan is best for your health, for the environment and for other species.


Thank you for your input Go veg. Must point out most emphatically, we never  “belittle” our children. Why would you even suggest such a thing? Your interpretation as to the meaning of “phase” greatly differs from ours it seems, because a “phase” can mean an immeasureable amount of time and only ends when the person concerned, feels confident it is the right thing for them.

Our youngest is male, plays football and other sport and the vegan diet may not be the best thing for him, he will however have to find out for himself. Maybe his girlfriend has some influence, she is vegan! Although vegan diets are a great improvement over refined carb and other foods loaded with sugar, in our opinion for optimal health, he would be better off eating a diet heavy in plants with a little meat, fish and eggs on the side. He will decide that for himself.

Another concerning fact about veganism is that although lower rates of total cancer and ischemic heart disease have been reported, colorectal cancer is a big worry. The relationship of a vegan dietary pattern to colorectal cancer risk is well established unfortunately. Glad your vegan diet is working for you, but it may not be the "best" for everyone.

Kiah, some of the best, fastest, strongest atheletes are vegans, look it up on the internet, ,just google "vegan athletes", you will be surprised.

Kiah, I didn't mean to offend but young people often face teasing from their parents that going vegan is "just a phase" that they'll get over soon and don't encourage.  Glad you're not one of them.  Your son will be fine - google "Vegan athletes".  I thought that particular study was vegetarian and colorectal cancer but could be wrong.  Hereditary also comes into it.  I'm vegan for the environment and the animals and the side effect is that I keep slim without all the fats of meat and dairy. 

No offence taken Go  veg :)