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Edible Varnish

It can be used when needing a glassy like appearance on fondant. (ie a windshield like on this car It dries to a shine. I have doulbed, tripled with no problem.

Edible Varnish


  • 1 tsp gelatin 3 tsp water (out of tap) 1 tsp liquid glucose ( I used corn syrup)


  1. Sprinkle gelaitn in the water. Let stand until it becomes spongy.
  2. Dissolve until clear over hot, not boiling water.
  3. Add liquid glucose/corn syrup and stir until ingredients are well combined.
  4. Pour into an airtight container. The mixture will become hard/stiff.
  5. To use it, heat the varnish in a container of hot, not boiling water.
  6. Paint onto item to be vanished while mixture is still hot.

Comments (6)

great recipe. Thanks!
I've tried the recipe and when i am applying it ,the texture becomes almost like a rubbery. it rolls off while i am applying it.can you let me know what i am doing wrong.
I had the same problem as mukey32. Can you tell me what I did wrong?Thanks!
I used the varnish on the windshield and glass of a vintage truck. I found that filling my brush with varnish and making one light sweep stopped the rolling. I covered the area in rows, never letting my brush touch the gumpaste. Also, I had to reheat the varnish before I finished because it started to get rubbery. The varnish added so much to the appearance of the truck. Thanks for sharing!
Found this today and tried it.. Thank you so much it works great!
Does this dry to the touch?
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