Popping candy was reinvented in 1998 and patented by Semih Erden, a food ingredient veteran. In co-partnership with Ferhan Tezcan, who had been a friend since their college days in the 1970s, they founded Hleks.
Popping candy is produced by applying CO2 under super-atmospheric pressure to sugar, creating an innovative taste sensation: the popping effect in the mouth.
Totally dedicated to innovative solutions, Hleks has a range of products that varies in colour, flavour and size for coating, cereal and chocolate with no hydrogenated fat. It is a company that focuses on continuously developing new projects, and offering products with non-GMO ingredients that are gluten-free and only contain natural colours.
Today, Hleks is the world's leading manufacturer of its patented popping candy. Located in Turkey, it is making the whole world pop by supplying to many continents. The company also supplies the biggest multinational companies in industries such as chocolate, yogurt, ice cream and cereal. Present in more than 70 countries, Hleks attends to a wide audience with its certificates for halal, Badatz kosher, regular kosher, ISO 9001 (quality-management system), ISO 22000 (food safety management system), BRC Food, SEDEX, non-GMO, suitable for vegetarians and many others.
Knowing the market from the retail and wholesale sectors,
Hleks offers a unique experience that shows that it understands its partners' needs. The company is not just a supplier; it also provides consultations for the application side and with technical issues, as well as assisting in the market potential of the product, which is presented in a wide portfolio. As the largest manufacturer in its sector, it is surpassing the imitations dominating the popping-candy market. By putting an emphasis on product selection, R&D, and market knowledge, Hleks assists all its partners with all their specific needs.