cheffie Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 2:05pm
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I need help. I have tried many many times to use edible pens to decorate with and every time it is a frustating disaster!!! I am trying to write on hardened candy melts. I have tried it at room temp. and also refrigerated. Both times the end result is the same. It is like writing on wax. The color does not come off onto the item I am trying to decorate.Also the candy melt sticks to the pen tip. I have tried using very little pressure to appling some pressure, both results are the same. I have aslo tried wide tip and narrow tipped pens. Please what am I doing wrong. The pens are not dry they work perfectly on paper or a napkin! thank you cheffie icon_biggrin.gif

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jillyscakes Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 2:19pm
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They are meant for fondant or gum paste don't think they work on other mediums.

ma_baker_30 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 2:20pm
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What brand are you using?
I only use Americolor pens. They do a much better job.
Wilton's pens don't work well on any food surface icon_sad.gif

cheffie Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 2:28pm
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I have the cake pop books and it says to use edible food pens on the cake pops to make faces etc: and those are dipped in candy melts. I have 2 brands Wilton foodwriter markers and fooddoodler food coloring markers bought at the supermarket, both do the same things when I try to use them. thanks cheffie

sheeny Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 3:16pm
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I second Americolor pens - they work wonderfully on every surface and look as if youve used a sharpie!

Curtsmin24 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 3:47pm
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Americolor is the way to go..they cost a little more but worth it because they work on almost every medium. From what I remember the food doodlers tip is super soft and bends with the slightest pressure. I never tried the wilton ones.

TinkerCakes Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 3:55pm
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I have no luck with the wilton pens either!!!! Last time I was making pops I was trying to use them...instead I grabbed some black food coloring to draw eyes...BAD IDEA...it never dried. It seems everything that works well or is "better" you have to order online. I guess I'll add americolor pens to my list of "wants".

cheffie Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 4:05pm
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Thanks to all! I just ordered americolor pen set and a 2 pack of black ones lets hope these work. Should have in 5-7 days. Keep fingers crossed.LOL icon_cool.gif Cheffie PS any other suggestions will be greatly appreciated for future refrences . icon_biggrin.gif

CreativeCakesbyMichelle Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 4:21pm
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I also bought the Wilton pens. Total waste of money. I've tried writing on fondant, modeling chocolate, frosting, etc. Quite frankly, they suck. The Americolor ones sound promising though so I might have to give them a try.

carmijok Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 4:39pm

If you can, why not just paint your writing or decor on with a fine paintbrush and your gel colors? You can thin with extract if necessary, but I think it works better than the pens.

I don't like the thick tips of the edible food writers I have. But I've used them successfully on dried gum paste and fondant.

tiptop57 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 4:41pm

cheffie

I usually avoid most Wilton products as I have found them to be poorly designed, gimmicky and/or the taste is bad.

1. I prefer Fat Daddio/Magic Line pans after I found out the 9" Wilton round had slanted sides.
2. PME Tips when my #1 Wilton tips caused curlicues.
3. Americolor gels when I discovered them as I didn't have to use toothpicks.
4. Satin Ice or Bakels Pettinice Fondant as it tasted better.
5. Merkens chocolate wafers as it tasted better than Wiltons candy melts.
6. Satin Ice or Bakels gumpaste as some of my students had issues coloring Wiltons.

However most Wiltons Cake Classes are great their yearly books are super and they have done quite a bit standardizing cake decorating in the USA!

joycesdaughter111 Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 5:42pm

[quote="carmijok"]If you can, why not just paint your writing or decor on with a fine paintbrush and your gel colors? You can thin with extract if necessary, but I think it works better than the pens.

I agree with carmijok. I just thin my gels with a tiny bit of vodka and paint away! icon_smile.gif

Herekittykitty Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 6:02pm

I am absolutely no good with a brush. Americolor pens are what I use, just ended up poking holes and dents in my fondant with Wilton.

carmijok Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 6:16pm

[quote="tiptop57"]cheffie

I usually avoid most Wilton products as I have found them to be poorly designed, gimmicky and/or the taste is bad.

2. PME Tips when my #1 Wilton tips caused curlicues.



Really? It was the tips causing the curlicues? Because that happens to me all the time, and I thought it had to do with my questionable piping skills! It drives me nuts! And I think I'm going pretty fast too and it still does it! I'm checking into the PME tips then!

sugaah Posted 12 Aug 2011 , 6:22pm

americolor pens - you will be more than satisfied!

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