DivaOfTheCakeInNJ Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 11:54am
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NEver have I used such a terrible product! I picked it up because I heard it was supposed to taste better than any other fondant. What I got was a sticky, soft terrible mess. It does not hold it's shape, slips down the cake, sticks to EVERYTHING - hands, rolling mat, rolling pin even with using a little Crisco which seemed to make it even softer. I had to add a half a cup of cornstarch just to get this mess unstuck from everything and get it to form a ball. icon_sad.gif

That was not the worst of it. I tried to color it black (making a Nikon Digital SLR cake for a client). Even after two jars of a high quality black gel food coloring, the Fondx turned a deep, ugly teal green! icon_cry.gif

I ended up having to go out and get my old brand of fondant, which although it starts out stiff, works in to a beautifully pliable product and turns a gorgeous shiny black with only a little coloring.

I will not and do not recommend Fondx to anyone!! Don't waste your money and avoid the heartache. thumbsdown.gif

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jenje Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 12:10pm
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I agree. The exact same thing happened to me, only it did turn black at first & turned green after I added it to the cake! Plus I bought a 10 lb bucket of it!

StephsCakes72 Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 1:36pm
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Wow, I'm so sorry you both are experiencing problems. Fondx is mostly what I use. I love it...swear by it. Never had an "unfixable" problem with it. It doesn't yield vivid colors sometimes. When I need deep colors, I mix it with Satin Ice and it does fine. I love how it stretches and I never get cracks or elephant skin.

GeorgiaGingerbread Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 2:07pm
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I LOVE Fondx! I have not had a problem with it either. But Crisco will make it softer and you should add confectioner's sugar to fondant and not cornstarch. Cornstarch is best when working with gumpaste.

olleharr Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 2:39pm
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2 jars of black gel? I've never tried Fondx but I find that the other fondants I use get a little sticky if I use too much gel coloring. I've never even come close to using that much though. I've found the only way I can get black or red fondant is if I use powdered coloring. I end up using almost a whole jar but it doesn't get sticky and the color is a true black and red.

BlakesCakes Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 7:31pm
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Fondx does lean toward the soft side.

I'm guessing that because the parent company is in CA, they're all out no trans-fats. Adding Crisco, also no trans fats, will increase the softness.

I like it alone. It's great for "gum paste" when you mix in some tylose or cmc.

I'm very happy with their pre-colored product. If I need to color it a darker color myself, I definitely would use powder. ANY wet color will make it unmanageable.

When I need a firmer fondant, I mix it with 1/3 or 1/1 Wilton fondant and I get a wonderful tasting, great working product. For this reason, I use my Michael's & Joann coupons to buy large boxes of Wilton that I keep on the shelf next to my Fondx.

Rae

usmdesigner Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 8:12pm
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I'm pretty sure nothing in this world would ever make me try to make my own black fondant again, especially from white. Maybe if I started with chocolate I would.

CalhounsCakery Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 8:31pm
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

When I need a firmer fondant, I mix it with 1/3 or 1/1 Wilton fondant and I get a wonderful tasting, great working product. For this reason, I use my Michael's & Joann coupons to buy large boxes of Wilton that I keep on the shelf next to my Fondx.

Rae




What a great idea! I'm going to have to give that a try. My home made fondant can make me cry some days...

lilmissbakesalot Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 8:33pm
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Yeah... I use fondx exclusively and there is a bit of a learning curve with it when you go from a stiffer product.

I used to use Satin Ice, but I hated the cracking I'd get at the top edge no matter how fast I got the fondant on the cake. I switched to Fondx a while back and never looked back. It's great once you get the hang of it. I little dusting of corn starch is all I need and a re dust if it starts to stick to my counter. I have never colored it black... I buy it pre colored. Any fondant will become a sticky mess if you add too much gel color to it. The glycerin in it softens the heck out of the fondant. Also... over kneading, which you have to do when you color fondant, will make it very soft, but if you let it sit and come back to it it is always fine.

Fondx sells precolored tubs of the regular formula and the elite formula. The elite is softer and has a slight raspberry flavor to it that I don't like. I personally love the regular formula. It covers beautifully and doesn't get elephant skin like mentioned by a previous poster. I can get a nice crisp top edge too. Love it!

pinkpiggie78 Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 9:11pm

I love FONDX and use it almost exclusively. I have no problems using it or coloring it...

cakeastic Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 9:55pm

I use Fondx as well- never had any problems

sabre Posted 26 Aug 2011 , 10:50pm

After trying several other brands, Fondx is my favorite. Fondx has no medicinal taste, no chemical smell, no sugar coma experience. Their precolored fondant is intense and easy to handle.

sweettreat101 Posted 28 Aug 2011 , 7:17am

I love Fondx. I used it for the first time in June when I needed to cover nine cakes. I had no problems using the product. Actually covered the cakes faster than I have ever been able to cover before. I use the Sweetwise mat so I don't know if that made a difference. I personally don't like Satin Ice fondant. Do you live in an area with high humidity? I live on the west coast so I don't have that problem. As for coloring fondant black I try to use chocolate fondant that way I don't have to use as much black coloring. I was told years ago to start with brown and then add black and it works great.

playingwithsugar Posted 28 Aug 2011 , 7:44am

While I can't stand the smell of the artificial clear vanilla they use on the product, I admit we used it in school, on dummies, and we never had a problem with it, in texture or in coloring.

It also makes really great gumpaste, when mixed with gum tragacanth.

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secondbase Posted 28 Aug 2011 , 7:56am

Another Fondx user. While it is on the softer side, I've not had any problems I couldn't work out with it. I've had better luck with Fondx than any other brand I've tried!

AbouttheCake Posted 28 Aug 2011 , 9:19am

I love Fondx too. Yes, it's a bit on the softer side but not as soft at Satin Ice has been. A quick question...was your Fondx left in a car or hot area for an extended period? I have found that excessive heat (if I've left it in the car overnight) can alter the makeup of the fondant. This applies to all fondants, not just Fondx. Also, was the seal tight on the tub? I've had a batch (of another fondant) that was moldy when I opened it and it was because the bucket had a crack in the bottom of it.

Fondx doesn't usually tint very dark, especially black. That's why they've created Elite. It's done for you. Also, when trying to achieve black, it's best to get the fondant dark, but then go over it with an airbrush. Chances are it was the food coloring that was creating the teal color rather than the fondant itself.

Hope that helps.

fabray13 Posted 28 Aug 2011 , 11:49am

I just started using fondx and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It is so much easier to cover a cake. No tearing at all. I was using satin ice which I liked, but had to work quickly or the sides would tear off. I have aslo dyed it black with a little gel coloring without a problem. Maybe your coloring was old?

unctoothlady Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 6:30pm

I totally LOVE fondx! I learned to use it with THE MAT. It is an excellent product. It's all I will ever use.

I am so sorry you had a bad experience. Maybe try it again??? If you have some left.

mburkett Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 6:47pm

I used Fondx for the 1st time this past weekend with my new "The Mat" and loved it. (I bought a bunch at $5 a tub and which I would've gotten more). I've never been able to go thin and get a super smooth finish. I was happy, hopefully it works out as well next time too. (I've always used Satin Ice and got lots of elephant skin.) It is a little soft which made some decorations a bit tricker but I thought it worked well overall.

unctoothlady Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 7:01pm

Check out THE MAT on www.sweetwise.com. It's a great product. I LOVE fondant now (esp fondx....)thanks to this mat.

sabre Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 8:14pm

Just received my order for the most brilliant color of purple fondant ever produced....by Fondx! In addition to great fondant, Caljava has excellent customer service.

unctoothlady Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 8:16pm

Their customer service is great but it takes FOREVER to get the product! At least to get it from West Coast to East. I usually order through Global Sugar Arts. They are reasonably priced AND quick!

**but they are here on the East Coast**

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Price Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 8:23pm

I'm using Fondex for the 1st time on a cake for this weekend. It is the Elite Black for a tire cake using the Caljava tire tread mold. It seems like it is going to be ok to work with, but I am really disappointed in the artificial raspberry taste. I hoping the taste will be a little better when it's on the cake. I can't afford to throw it away! Has anyone else used it? If so what did you think about the flavor?

sabre Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 8:44pm
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Originally Posted by unctoothlady

Their customer service is great but it takes FOREVER to get the product! At least to get it from West Coast to East. I usually order through . They are reasonably priced AND quick!

**but they are here on the East Coast**

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Guess I should have added that Caljava has REASONABLE shipping rates.

aundron Posted 1 Sep 2011 , 8:45pm
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Originally Posted by Price

I'm using Fondex for the 1st time on a cake for this weekend. It is the Elite Black for a tire cake using the Caljava tire tread mold. It seems like it is going to be ok to work with, but I am really disappointed in the artificial raspberry taste. I hoping the taste will be a little better when it's on the cake. I can't afford to throw it away! Has anyone else used it? If so what did you think about the flavor?




I've used the Elite Black Fondx and I'm not too fond of the flavoring, but it's not bad, I usually grab the regular Black Fondx because I like the flavor better.

To the OP: I LOVE FONDX and have never had any problems with it. You may have gotten a bad batch.

lilmissbakesalot Posted 3 Sep 2011 , 11:47am

Finds makes colors on their regular formula too and it tastes a lot better. I won't use the Elite because of that odd raspberry flavor. Too bad, because the colors of the Elite are great. But you can achieve any color with the right color mixing know-how. I get mine from GSA too but I am also on the East coast. If I order early in the morning most times I get it next day so you can't beat that with a stick.

angeliaaki Posted 10 Sep 2011 , 5:19pm

i used fondx for the first time last night and it was a NIGHTMARE!!!!! it elephant skinned so quickly and tore on the sides of my cake. i was so upset. needless to say, im done with fondx. i dont know if temperature has anything to do with my problems. i am in arizona and it is hot during the summer and i try to keep my house cool but maybe the fondx need a much cooler environment to be workable.

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