Babs1964 Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 12:35am
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I don't get it if it is only to be used as a decoration why then am I seeing it on cookies which will clearly be eaten. Isn't it made out of tiny particles of plastic. I've read that it is supposed to be harmless and although won't be digested it is supposed to pass through the sytem.
And also if it is tiny particles of plastic what makes it so different from common glitter other than the fact it is being marketed for food decoration.
Maybe I'm missing some information so if anyone wants to add their two cents I'd love to hear! icon_rolleyes.gif

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artscallion Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 12:47am
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It is regular craft glitter being marketed as food decoration. I only use it on decorations that will not be eaten. And I buy regular craft glitter because it's a tiny fraction of the cost of disco dust.

sweetcakesbyjen Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 12:52am
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Everything you wrote is what I have heard too. It is no different than glitter you buy, only that it's marketed to cake decorating, so they can charge more for it. icon_confused.gif
I wish I would of known that before I spent 5 bucks on a tiny jar of disco dust and could of gotten a jar five times it's size of the regular stuff at a fraction of the cost. I too only use it on parts that won't be eaten.

artscallion Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:01am
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a 5g vial of disco dust costs about $4.25...that's $.85 per gram.
a 16oz jar of regular glitter on Amazon sells for $9.49...that's $.02 per gram.

It oughta be against the law!

Babs1964 Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:08am
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My confusion lies with people who are "reputable" bakers and are using it on cookies icon_confused.gif I've seen the whole cookie covered in it as well as some very glittery cake pops. So I wonder if the people buying & consuming these products are told they will have glittery p**p icon_lol.gif

artscallion Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:11am
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So I wonder if the people buying & consuming these products are told they will have glittery p**p icon_lol.gif




Maybe they're using that as a selling point. icon_eek.gif

Serena4016 Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:12am
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I also purchased disco dust from a large sugar art, baking supplier and was shocked when I got it and it said "non-toxic". I assumed it was edible because of where I purchased it from and it did cost a small fortune considering (exactly what has been said previously) you can purchase "non-toxic" glitter just about anywhere!! I actually bought some Martha Stewart glitter (beautiful colors) at Michael's with my 50% coupon at a fraction of the price of disco dust. I will only use it on things that will not be eaten!!

srkmilklady Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:29am
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I just posted on here a couple of days ago that I saw a rerun of Cake Boss where Buddy loaded "edible" disco dust all over parts of a cake that were going to be eaten. icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif It was the same disco dust I have that says non-toxic. But then again he also puts wires directly into cakes. icon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gif I wish I knew what the right answers were to these questions. icon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gif So confused!!

Kitagrl Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:30am
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I buy it from cake supply because when people ask, I say I purchase it through cake supply. 'Nuff said. If they don't like it, then they can sue the cake supply people, not me! But if I say "Oh I got it in the Michael's Scrapbooking section" then we would have a problem.

You should see the ingredients in the Sugar Lacquer I just purchased. icon_confused.gif

Hey. I bought it at cake supply. Somebody doesn't like it? Sue cake supply. I'm not worried about it. LOL. Nobody has died (or even gotten sick) yet. If its marketed for cakes, then its safe for cakes. If its not, then that's not my problem...its the cake supply problem.

Kitagrl Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:31am
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I just posted on here a couple of days ago that I saw a rerun of where Buddy loaded "edible" disco dust all over parts of a cake that were going to be eaten. icon_eek.gificon_eek.gif It was the same disco dust I have that says non-toxic. But then again he also puts wires directly into cakes. icon_surprised.gificon_surprised.gif I wish I knew what the right answers were to these questions. icon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gif So confused!!




That's because wires in cakes never made anybody sick either. LOL.

I bet more people get sick from 150 people breathing on a cake in a ballroom than wires or disco dust has ever, or WILL ever, make people....

ShandraB Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:42am

I'm so glad you posted this! I had no idea that disco dust wasn't edible. I haven't used it, but I was considering buying some for a cake I am working on. Wow! The things you learn!

instant-gratificaketion Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:43am

It's the same with a lot of common use things. I was at the local craft store last weekend where Wilton was peddling 12 dowel rods for $3.29. A few rows away there was a package of the same dowel rods for $1.99...and that package had 24 in it. It's offensive that they try to swindle people like that. They don't realize that they lose business that way and they would make more money if they just priced things fairly. I love several Wilton products, but it's cake supplies, not a car. I won't pay more for the name.

srkmilklady Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 2:12am
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That's because wires in cakes never made anybody sick either. LOL.

I bet more people get sick from 150 people breathing on a cake in a ballroom than wires or disco dust has ever, or WILL ever, make people....




Yes, I'm guilty of using both too and so far so good! To quote Leah_s...I use wire (cloth or paper covered)...shoot me. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

BTW...when I took classes my Wilton instructor suggested using chalk shavings to color flowers because it is non-toxic. I had to think about that for a bit but then I realized my granddaughter puts it in her mouth and it hasn't hurt her. (and she's eaten the flowers that I did color with chalk) icon_rolleyes.gificon_confused.gificon_wink.gif

sweetcakesbyjen Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 2:37am
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I'm so glad you posted this! I had no idea that disco dust wasn't edible. I haven't used it, but I was considering buying some for a cake I am working on. Wow! The things you learn!




It's not that it's not edible. It's just non-toxic if you do eat it. I do not recommend eating all that plastic, but like the OP said, it will be digested by a body.

Babs1964 Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 3:09am
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I'm so glad you posted this! I had no idea that disco dust wasn't edible. I haven't used it, but I was considering buying some for a cake I am working on. Wow! The things you learn!



It's not that it's not edible. It's just non-toxic if you do eat it. I do not recommend eating all that plastic, but like the OP said, it will be digested by a body.




Actually it ISN'T digested by the body it will just "pass thru" lol icon_lol.gif

Coral3 Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 3:54am

From the Rainbow Dust website:

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NON TOXIC GLITTERS (NON-TOXIC - not harmful) The Sparkle Range

Non toxic glitters can be used on decorations that are easily removed. If consumed, then the product will cause no harm and will simply pass through the digestive system. This product can not be classed as edible as this would mean it is digestible and is classed as a food, therefore we simply have to label it as Non-Toxic


ShandraB Posted 14 Apr 2011 , 1:02pm
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I'm so glad you posted this! I had no idea that disco dust wasn't edible. I haven't used it, but I was considering buying some for a cake I am working on. Wow! The things you learn!



It's not that it's not edible. It's just non-toxic if you do eat it. I do not recommend eating all that plastic, but like the OP said, it will be digested by a body.



Actually it ISN'T digested by the body it will just "pass thru" lol icon_lol.gif




icon_eek.gif Yeah, there are a lot of "non-toxic" things out there, but I don't plan on putting them on my cakes!

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