I have yet to make my own fondant. With all the different kinds out there I just haven't seen the point yet. But is there really superior taste? Or is it cheaper to make your own?? What are the benefits? It just seems like more work.
It is more work than just opening a tub. Price wise isn't even close I could make a batch larger than the Wilton 5lb box that cost around $24 for less than $5. It tastes a lot better than the wilton and I wasn't impressed with Satin ice. There are many different homemade fondant recipes to try. Last night I made Sophiebelle's with the jello....seems crumbly but taste awesome. Homemade is also so much easier to color!
I rarely buy fondant because I don't use fondant often I have had good luck with a variety of recipes. If you make your own, you can control the flavor and don't really prefer one over the other. I thought the jello fondant was too intense a flavor and liked it better mixed by half with MMF. I have had good luck mixing colors except the dark colors. I have found if I add too much gel color that I have texture problems. The only colors I usually buy are black and red. I must say, however that SweetWise has a really good sale right now on Fondex and I am tempted to order some even though I don't need it right now. http://sweetwise.com/edibles/fondant-icings-gumpaste/fondx.html?p=1
I NEVER buy premade fondant because it is so expensive & tastes horrible. I used to make MMF but my final profuct was never consistent & I was sick of hoping my batch would come out right. I now make MFF (Michelle Foster's Fondant) & I LOVE IT!!! I have never had an issue with it so far & it tastes delicious! It just melts in your mouth & isn't chewy like MMF. I use my airbrush if I need black or red rather than trying to color the fondant by hand.
I tried buying it, but now will only make it from scratch. Duff's brand is not bad tasting, but very expensive. I also tried a couple of other brands that were expensive as well, and tasted terrible. I now only make MMF (but am going to try MFF!) and it's way cheaper and better tasting.
I use Fondarific because I like the taste and the smell. I have made my own and it was good, but I really like the consistency of Fondarific too. Also, I don't want to wear out my mixers.
I used to buy Fondx because it tastes good and is very easy to work with but ever since I tried the Foster's recipe, I now make mine.
I like the fact that there is no chemical smell, it feels like fondx, tastes great and it's fairly cheap to make.
Her fondant has many variations too: chocolate, lemon etc. You can find those in her book "The Sugar Fix"
Hope this helps!