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post #16 of 50
I do use the "flakes" if I need to add sparkle to edible portions of the cake. Unfortunately I'm not near my caking supplies right now so I can't tell you exactly what they're called. Almost like a gelatin-type. But they do come as flakes and I just put them into a small glass bowl and grind them up by hand, smashing them up really. I use (can't remember the technical name) but a wooden tart shaper to smash them. Just takes a couple seconds and no extra big appliances to clean and you grind as needed. Works very well for me. They're not as sparkly as the disco dust, but it adds plenty of sparkle. I'll often add black sparkle on the part of my zebra stripe cakes if I think they'd like that touch.
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post #17 of 50
It is what I have been using on small items like cookies. I just crushed them in my fingers and sprinkle. A strainer would be great for cakes though. Great tip!
post #18 of 50
kkbritt8 how do you add the sparkle to the zebra stripes? is it while your fondant is rolled or when the stripes are on the cake? Thanks.
post #19 of 50
Luster dusts and petal dusts from Crystal Colors are FDA approved... if anyone is interested...
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post #20 of 50

Galveston, TX HD did send out a letter to a Cottage Food baker for using Disco Dust all over a cake. HB 2113 tried to ban it's use, but since it wasn't written

specific to just Disco Dust, it would have also banned gumpaste, isomalt, and other "non-toxic" items.     http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB2113
 

post #21 of 50

Uh, I was under the impression that isomalt, and all of the ingredients of gum paste, were FDA approved as either food items or food additives.

 

Disco Dust, and other types of plastic glitter, are not.

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post #22 of 50

Sorry I wasn't clear. I was explaining what would have happened if Texas HB 2113, hadn't died on the floor.

post #23 of 50

Hi, Just a question.....Can you tell me where or who told anyone that the disco dust is actually plastic ?...

I have not been able to find a link that gives the exact ingredients...Just that it is made with non toxic

ingredients and for cake decorating.....thanks

post #24 of 50
I too would crush up the edible glitter over using disco dust.
post #25 of 50
I know the laws in the US are different, but in the UK the FSA (equivalent of the FDA), have stated clearly that only food glitters/dusts labelled as 'edible' and which list ingredients and E numbers on the label are allowed to be placed on food and be consumed. Anything labelled as 'non-toxic' cannot. In order for a non-toxic glitter to be labelled as 'food contact' it must be tested and approved by the FSA. If something is classified as food contact it must be able to be removed from food completely prior to consumption. I and other food business owners in my area (and I'm assuming the rest of the country) received a letter about it about a year ago.
Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I'm just posting this to prevent confusion amongst UK bakers who might be reading and have not seen the UK guidelines.
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post #26 of 50
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Galveston, TX HD did send out a letter to a Cottage Food baker for using Disco Dust all over a cake. HB 2113 tried to ban it's use, but since it wasn't written

specific to just Disco Dust, it would have also banned gumpaste, isomalt, and other "non-toxic" items.     http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB2113
 

 

The Galveston County HD hand-delivered the letter calling for the immediate cessation of the use of Disco Dust on food to all bakeries in our area (I posted the letter).  I don't think they have any way of tracking home bakers.  

 

I had no idea about HB 2113!  That's pretty interesting.  I wonder who authored it and who sponsored it.

 

Gumpaste and isomalt are both approved food items, though.  The FDA has declared isomalt as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe).  I'm curious ~ who said that HB 2113 would ban gumpaste and isomalt, and on what sources did they make that claim?  

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post #27 of 50
The big grocery store here sprinkles it allll over their nasty little cupcakes. Blergh.
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I know the laws in the US are different, but in the UK the FSA (equivalent of the FDA), ....................
Sorry for hijacking the thread, but I'm just posting this to prevent confusion amongst UK bakers who might be reading and have not seen the UK guidelines.

lindseyjhills:  You were thoughtful & considerate in giving further information and clarification for the decorators in your UK area. Cheers.

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post #29 of 50

Hi, thanks for any and all input but I would really like to know where the information can be found that

says it is actually plastic???   thanks so much 

post #30 of 50
It says its non toxic that's all you need to know. Glue sticks are non toxic, would you eat them? Big hoo ha in the uk about glitter. Very much not allowed on any bits you'll eat.
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