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post #31 of 59
I personally eat them and would let my family eat them, but when I open for business I won't be using them. Can never be too safe when it comes to a stupid lawsuit and losing everything I own. It just sucks though becuase nothing can be substituted for those wonderful shiny silver balls. Some people have to spoil it for us all. icon_sad.gif
post #32 of 59
I never thought they were inedible. I use them all the time for cakes I bake for my family. They always pick them off. I pick them off too because I don't want to eat a piece of cake with a hard ball in it. I will however eat them by themselves. They haven't killed me yet!
post #33 of 59
I have silver liquid food coloring - does anyone know if that is also considered a risk????
post #34 of 59
I think there are some food colorings that have the metalic look that aren't "food safe." I don't have a website that confirms it all, but when I look online at Fancy Flours (one of my favorite websites) they have everything labeled if it's safe or should be used as a decoration. The ones that have a pearly sheen are ok, most of the metal looking ones seem not to be. I have some silver dust that I was going to mix with vodka to paint the silver part of my Christmas bulb cookies and that isn't safe. It just sucks.
post #35 of 59
Okay Ladies! I just went down and pulled out my special dusts that I recently got from Sugarpaste.com (Beth Parvu) gold and silver powders that ARE FDA approved and did them with the lemon flavoring and they look really good.

The silver is true silver, but not that high gloss silver like the dragees are. But a very nice silver. (When this color is dusted there is a strong pearl effect.)

The antigue gold is a muted brassy type gold. What I would be thinking if I wanted an antique gold .

The regular gold is a true gold color, but, again, it is not the high shine like the dragees.

I would be happy with all of these on my cakes / cookies. With an added bonus of NO WORRIES!!!

I just went back to re-check and the colors held true. However, I did notice that the gold colors bleed a faint blue if you have too much flavoring.
post #36 of 59
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Originally Posted by TubbsCookies

I buy them at the local Co-op supermarket. What's the deal with them? Do they kill you?



Yes and their fumes will ignite so whatever you do don't light the candles!!!

(I'm totally b.s.ing ^^^ totally just kidding.)
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post #37 of 59
Quick update on my test with Sugarpaste.com FDA approved gold and silver dusts.

The gold only bled when I tested it on a paper towel. I re-tested on fondant and it looks perfect.

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post #38 of 59
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Originally Posted by shiney

Very good question, Hipnot! I may have to try that....which begets the questions, if luster dust is edible, why not silver dragees



It's not edible. It's non-toxic. But there's some new kind (new to me) that is edible.
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post #39 of 59
The only thnk I ever worried about with dragees is someone breaking a tooth.
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post #40 of 59
So luster dust is not edible...? Good thing u told me b4 I went out and bought a bunch! Thanks
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post #41 of 59
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Oh good grief! That's such a load of codswallop - we've been using them in Europe for generations and they haven't killed anyone yet! Then again we don't sue people for nonsense (or much at all actually!), either!



I eat them all the time, I put them on cakes and people eat them, and nobody I know has died or gotten sick or anything. The amount of silver and gold in them is SO little, it aint gonna hurt you to eat them. They are HUGELY popular on cakes these days...
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post #42 of 59
So do those of you who have a business sell items with dragees on them? Do you have to put a disclaimer on them "for decoration only" or "remove before eating" so that your butt is covered? Anything like that?
post #43 of 59
I never put any kinds of warnings, even with my gum paste flowers...(which are also sugar but really ediable)

From what I can tell, the FDA isnt really put dragees under the catagory of "food" so I don t know if you have to label them like you would cookies, etc

http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/cpg/cpgfod/cpg545-200.html
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post #44 of 59
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Originally Posted by shiney

Very good question, Hipnot! I may have to try that....which begets the questions, if luster dust is edible, why not silver dragees



It's not edible. It's non-toxic. But there's some new kind (new to me) that is edible.


Now Luster dust isn't edible?? I didn't know that either. I use it and I think a lot of folks use it. I think mine is Wilton. Do I need to throw it out?
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post #45 of 59
Hi Shiney!!!

Before I learned this important info, I had brought a bunch of different dusts too. I took a class several years ago where the instructor discussed this at length. After that, I sidelined any that I had that did not specially say FDA approved food color. I had purchased the other for gumpaste flowers only anyway. At this point I will only buy ones that are approved. While they are NON-TOXIC I would just rather err on the side of caution.

If it doesn't say that it is approved I would be suspious that it is not. If I am not sure, I have e-mailed companies and asked before I purchased.

I don't run a business, it is a hobby for me.

I do think the FDA might be being a little over zealous, but for me, I try to stick to the rules. Hopefully, they will lighten up in the future.
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