On Food Network this past weekend they had a day of "Unwrapped" and one of the episodes was talking about chocolate and chili peppers (which I'm a big fan of) Anyway....there was a chocolate company on there that made filled chocolate "jewels" and dusted each cavity with a natural powder that when set up after pouring the chocolate it gave it a bright metallic color in green, pinks, silvers, golds, etc.... for the life of me I can not remember the name of this natural powder....?? Any one have any idea?? It was not luster dust, pearl dust, etc....it was a natural from the earth powder. I thought it was Mica but I don't think that is it.
The 2 options I use for getting metallic accents on chocolate:
You can dry dust them with luster dust after they come out of the mold. This gives a nice, but sometimes subtle effect. On blog entries about Xans Confections Jewels, the shine is described as a "pearly powder". There are FDA approved luster dusts (sugarpaste.com), so they'd be the best option.
To get bold splashes of color, you can use metallic liquid cocoa butters. You apply them to the mold before adding the chocolate and when they are set up, the color is "embedded" in the chocolate. You can paint them afterward, too, but it works best doing it before molding.
There is mica in non-toxic dusts, but with and edible alternative, why bother?
They aired the show again last night and it is Mica....food grade Mica. I was not aware of the metallic cocoa butter....I will check that out...Thanks!
I have searched and cannot find the cocoa butter....do you have a link of where you purchase it from? Thanks
My source for metalic cocoa butter is Chef Rubber. www.chefrubber.com. They have some of the best selection and quality in my opinion. I've never been let down by their stuff.
Thank you all very much!!
I love all the colors available from Chef Rubber and great pricing on the cocoa butters!! Thanks!