Tylose Vs. Gum-Tex

Decorating By Elaine2581 Updated 27 Jun 2009 , 6:56am by jennicita

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Elaine2581 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 2:01am
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Can anyone tell me what the difference is between Tylose and Gum-tex? I've used the later in my fondant but have heard that using Tylose will make fondant more like gumpaste. I don't have a source for purchasing Tylose in my area so I didn't know if it would be worth investigating and purchasing. Any information would be appreciated.

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gerripje Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 6:13am
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I am far from an expert on the subject, but gum tex is gum karaya and tylose is CMC. I have both and prefer the tylose over gum tex. I didn't find that gum tex really did anything and I didn't like the gum paste recipe.
I have heard the tylose makes your gum paste whiter. I have to order the tylose and make sure I am always one container ahead of myself. Pinkziab has mentioned a place where she gets the tylose or CMC in a larger container and is more economical, but I can't remember cause I'm in Canada!
I would say it's worth it at least to try it. Hope this helps!

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Elaine2581 Posted 16 Jun 2009 , 9:36pm
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Thanks for taking time to reply. It does help. I, too, only use gumpaste for things that need to be really stiff and then sometimes I feel like they are too heavy. I love to make flowers but children want to eat them and I hate to say that it's too hard and not meant to be eaten. I've tried candy clay but it is harder to work with but does taste good. I saw a video where the instructor made her gumpaste using her fondant recipe with Tylose added and then other times she made a 50/50 with her gumpaste and candy clay. I'm wondering if that would be more palatable. Thanks again.

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1234me Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 11:08am
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I have used Tylose and Gumpaste and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the tylose! It helps dry things very quickly and very hard! I can't say enough good things about it. They do sell it at my local cake store but I usually buy it here from Global Sugar Art

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aliciahere Posted 17 Jun 2009 , 3:48pm
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I know that they have tylose at www.cakemischief.com, though I think it's only in the smaller size - they are canadian

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k96002 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:09pm
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Can anyone tell me if adding gum text will help with chocolate fondant that is to soft?? I am trying to cover a 14" cake with Satin Ice Chocolate fondant...I have never used before, usually use wilton...and this is almost to soft to work with. After I roll it out, I can't lift it as it just starts pulling apart....badly. And very sticky, which I did use more powdered sugar for that. Thanks for any help!!

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jennicita Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 6:56am
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I was trying to find Tylose, too, and was surprised to discover that I could get it at my local pharmacy! I'm in Germany so I don't know if pharmacies in other countries use it but here it's an additive in some of the medications they mix on site. (it's a thickening agent)

Might be worth asking!

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