Gloves For Handling Fondant/candy Clay

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kimblyd Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 5:19am
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I have noticed several cakers on television wearing rubber gloves, especially when they are working with fondant.

Although I only do cakes for fun I would feel better wearing gloves, especially when I am coloring my candy clay. There's a whole lot of squishing between the fingers going on and if you think about too much, it's kinda gross. I do wash my hands a lot and use a ton of sanitizing hand wipes during the process, but still...

I looked at the disposable gloves in the drugstore tonight and none of the boxes said anything about them being used for food. The cheap pack I bought at a cake supply store could fit a giant and tear up when I try to do anything while wearing them.

I am concerned about latex (for allergies of others) and powder (for taste, yuck). I want a thin, disposable, inexpensive glove without a textured fingertip, so I can feel and smooth the candy.

Do gloves like this exist? If so, can you tell me where I can find them?
Thanks so much!

P.S. I asked the pharmacist about using gloves for caking, especially now while I have a sinus infection. He said gloves weren't necessary, just suggested plenty of hand washing and no sneezing into my hands. What are your thoughts? (I still want some gloves!) icon_biggrin.gif

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prterrell Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 5:40am
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I personally hate wearing gloves because they make my hands sweat. We used gloves exactly like what you're talking about in the bakery at Publix. Ask the bakery/deli manager at your local grocery store if you can purchase a box from them, they might need to have you wait so they can order an extra box to come in with their next supply order.

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madgeowens Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 5:42am
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They sell latex free gloves at pharmacy stores and walmart....they are smooth.....but not form fitting....I personally don't work well with them....I have latex allergy, so I just use a coating of shortening over my CLEAN hands, before mixing color into mmf and they don't stain as far as gooey and wet...........geeze thats the fun part hahaha

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prterrell Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 5:43am
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PS - you can purchase the VINYL food service gloves (which is what you want) online at Amazon. Reasonable prices. too.

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plbennett_8 Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 6:20am
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I buy the gloves at Sally's that are form fitting. Work great and pretty much nothing sticks to them. icon_smile.gif

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kricket Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 6:52am
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I just picked up some food-handlers gloves this week at Smart & Final.

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DefyGravity Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 1:56pm
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When I worked at the hospital, my favorite gloves were the nitrile ones. They're a non-latex, either powdered or non-powdered glove that fits extremely well. These are thin and comortable, but extremely strong.

You can get them online, but it might be easier/faster to get them from a medical supply store.

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mgwebb68 Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 1:58pm
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So glad I found this post.

I want to wear gloves at least when I'm coloring my fondant, but seem to have a problem with the ones that I'm using tearing. They are good quality gloves (latex free, powder free), so I'm wondering if it's not the coloring gel that is breaking them down. They don't fail me when I'm working with anything other type of food. I tend to wear them alot when I'm handing raw meat, especially chicken. I can't seem to touch raw meat without them ever since I got pregnant and that was 3 years ago. I look at it and get the willies.

I will have to look at the link for the food service ones, Thank you for posting.

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kimblyd Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 2:12pm
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Thanks all! I appreciate the responses!!

Got some phone calls to make and on-line browsing to do...


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TexasSugar Posted 2 Oct 2009 , 7:25pm
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I've bought some latex free gloves at Big Lots. Just wish they had a smaller size to fit my small hands. icon_smile.gif

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jeune-jaune-jean Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 6:19am
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I'm sorry to rebmup this thread but I'm searching for an answer to this quandary still. And I need to buy the gloves I person not online.

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scp1127 Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 6:28am
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Not all gloves are food safe. My husband is a physician and these gloves are for a totally different purpose. Medical gloves protect the practicioner from germs and disease that the patient may have. Food safe gloves protect the public.

The box will clearly state if they are foodsafe. If they only state for medical use, don't use them. They will just protect YOU from the sugar.

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jeune-jaune-jean Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 6:42am
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Ok so I don't live near any superstores like Walmart or big lots etc. and only have pharmacies nearby, where can I get these?

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Barb00 Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 11:28am
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I would hesitate using latex gloves as severe latex allergies are very common. I bought food safe gloves at GFS (Gordon Food Service). They are sort of like a food big box store. They don't fit great, but I feel like I am keeping my fondant "cleaner". I guess I am cautious about some things like this as I am a lab medical technologist by training.

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scp1127 Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 12:31pm
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Here is an example of size small gloves that are food safe. I didn't check for other sizes.

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DianeLM Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 1:31pm
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I use these gloves
I have small hands and these gloves fit PERFECTLY. They come in 3 sizes, are foodsafe, non-latex and available in powdered or non-powdered.

They have the added bonus of being non-stick, so no cornstarch or Crisco is necessary when kneading fondant. They are fantastic when coloring fondant or candy clay.

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cookiedoescakes Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 1:31pm
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Go to Sweetwise website they have gloves that work great also check out their Youtube video on the gloves. icon_biggrin.gif

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lilmissbakesalot Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 1:38pm
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They sell food service gloves at my local Market Basket in the cleaner aisle.

Like others have stated... not all gloves are appropriate for food handling, and none will be wrinkle free, but they are a must when dealing with food after it has been cooked. If it is not going to be cooked again... you should glove up before handling it. I don't wear gloves when baking as everything is going to reach a nice 190+ degrees and kill off anything that might happen to be there. Of course I wash my hands well, but gloves aren't necessary. After they come out of the oven though... gloves at all times. Once the cake is covered in fondant I will sometimes take the gloves off (again with well washed hands) to make fondant decos since the gloves leave marks in them at times and that isn't acceptable in the final finish, but for all other tasks... gloves.

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jeune-jaune-jean Posted 29 Nov 2011 , 1:48pm
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I want to start wearing gloves especially when coloring fondant because the color gets wasted on my hands and it is expensive colors. And also I don't really like touching something so much knowing that someone is going to eat It later. I want some tight gloves that are not prone to tearing. And I've tried several pharmacies and some other stores but none of there gloves says they are ok to use with food. It also a shame Wilton discontinues their brand

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