Episode 3: Sequilhos
October 31, 2023 - 00:29:59

Episode 3: Sequilhos

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The Biscuit People Podcast is back with an exciting new episode in Season 2, and this time, we're diving deep into the world of Brazilian biscuits known as Sequilhos. These unique treats have a rich history, and their original recipe hails from Portuguese traditions. Join us as we unravel the secrets behind these delicious biscuits and the innovative packaging techniques used to preserve their freshness.

Our guest, Jacob van Kogelenberg, an expert in the biscuit industry, provides insights into the fascinating world of packaging solutions for Sequilhos.

Vertical vs. Horizontal Packaging

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Brazilian sequilhos is their packaging. Jacob delves into the differences between vertical and horizontal packaging. In horizontal packaging, the material wraps around the biscuit pack and folds underneath it. Vertical packaging, on the other hand, offers a more versatile approach with various pack styles, making it easier to open and access the biscuits.

The Mystery of the Ingredients

The ingredients of sequilhos are quite unique. They contain no gluten, despite having a distinct coconut flavour. The secret to this flavour lies in the use of genetically modified corn starch, sugar, tapioca, palm, and a touch of salt. Jos Vast also reveals why four different leavening agents are used, explaining how they contribute to the biscuits' distinct texture and resistance.

The Science Behind the Shape

Sequilhos have a slightly irregular shape due to their production process. These biscuits can be created through extrusion or wire-cut methods, often referred to as "one, two, three dough." Jos explains the significance of these methods and how they impact the final product's quality.

Premium Product Adjustments

For those seeking to create a premium version of Sequilhos, Jacob shares the key adjustments that can be made, providing valuable insights into how to enhance their taste and texture.

Shelf Life and Oxidation Risk

The shelf life of Sequilhos typically ranges from 5 to 6 months. We explore the risk of oxidation and the barrier between the biscuits and humidity that ensures these delicious treats remain fresh for an extended period.

Smart Biscuits from Brazil

In closing, Jacob sheds light on the term "smart" when referring to Brazilian biscuits like Sequilhos. This term reflects the advanced packaging and production techniques employed in the industry, as well as the ability to create high-quality biscuits with extended shelf life.

As we unravel the secrets of Brazilian sequilhos and their unique packaging, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies of the biscuit industry. Join us on the Biscuit People Podcast Season 2 to discover the science and artistry behind these delightful treats.

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